9 Facts About Sacramento River

1. Sacramento River is the principal river of Northern California in the United States and is the largest river in California.

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2. Many populous communities were established along the Sacramento River, including the state capital of Sacramento.

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3. The Sacramento River is used heavily for irrigation and serves much of Central and Southern California through the canals of giant state and federal water projects.

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4. The Upper Sacramento River begins near Mount Shasta, at the confluence of North, Middle and South Forks in the Trinity Mountains of Siskiyou County.

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5. Sacramento River was friendly with some of the tribes, and paid their leaders handsomely for supplying workers, but others he seized by force to labor in the fields.

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6. Steamboats traveled up and down the Sacramento River carrying miners from San Francisco to the gold fields.

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7. The city of Sacramento River, founded on the original site of Sutter's fort, began to flourish as the center of an agricultural empire that provided food to feed the thousands of miners working in the hills as well as a place of financial exchange of all the gold that was mined.

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8. In 1999, five hydroelectric dams on Battle Creek, a major tributary of the Sacramento River, were removed to allow better passage of the fish.

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9. In 1995, a gate on the Folsom Dam on the American Sacramento River broke open, causing the river's flow to rise by some 40,000 cubic feet per second.

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