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This small community, located in California's Gold Country, has a rich history steeped in legend and awe from the days of gold. On the morning of January 24, 1848, a carpenter stumbled upon a gold nugget on the south fork of the American River. Within 3 years of the find, the population of the state grew from about 15,000 to more than 265,000 people. Belden, nearby Chico, and other surrounding communities are all products of camps set up during the Gold Rush Era.

The Gold Rush boom lasted less than ten years and the surrounding communities took advantage of the supple farming land. This area is now one of the most productive agricultural areas in the United States.

Visitors to the Belden area are close to many attractions that are Gold Rush related. Day trips to outdoor attractions are also available.

This small community is located east of Chico on Highway 70.

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05/24 Coming to The area
Arden Fair Sacramento CA March30-April18 Open the doors to Arden Fair and step inside. Here you'll find contemporary fashions, jewelry, accessories and brand name merchandise at over 165 specialty stores, plus Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Arden Fair also has a number of terrific restaurants, everything from fast food to fine dining. And it's completely enclosed, so it's always a comfortable 70 degrees inside no matter what it's like outside.
California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento CA June12-28 The Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair. All year Satellite Wagering, Waterworld USA, Paradise Island Fun Center and an RV Park are just a few of the features of the Cal Expo.The first State Fair was held in 1854 in San Francisco at the old Music Hall. The fair offered premiums (prizes) for its competitions and included such agricultural exhibits such as 2-inch-long peanuts, 72-pound beets and a 10-pound carrot that was longer than 3 feet. Horseracing was part of that first fair and has continued to be a part of the fair ever since.