Was the Gold Country burg of Columbia a lawless town in the 1850s? A re-enactment of an infamous shooting yields telling clues.

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A West Coast branch of Smithsonian Institution would be much better than a soccer stadium.
On a moonless night in summer 1943, a Japanese destroyer tore through a U.S. Navy patrol-torpedo boat guarding the waters around the Solomon Islands. The boat was PT-109, skippered by a young lieutenant from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy.
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Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park will come alive to celebrate the arrival of Sacramento’s founding father, John Sutter, on the banks of the Sacramento River in 1839.
CALIFORNIA OBSERVED
On Aug. 12, 1839, John Augustus Sutter arrived to establish his "New Helvetia" colony -- present-day Sacramento. Test your knowledge and discover the history of California's capital.

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