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California is the most populous state of the United States. Located on the Pacific coast of North America, it is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. California is known for its pleasant climate and ethnically diverse population. The name California is most commonly believed derived from a storied paradise peopled by black Amazons and ruled by Queen Califia.
Auburn is the county seat of Placer County, California, USA. The population was 12,462 inhabitants at the 2000 census. It is well-known for its California Gold Rush history and boasts one of the best preserved historic downtowns in the state. Auburn is to feature towards the end of Anthony Horowitz's forthcoming story, Nightrise.
According to the United States census bureau, the city has a total area of 19.2 square kilometers. 19.1 square kilometers of it is land and 0.1 square kilometers of it 0.41 percent is water. The population density was 652.9 per square kilometers. There were 5,457 housing units at an average density of 285.9 per square kilometers.
Native Americans, the Nisenan, an offshoot of the Maidu, were the first to establish a permanent settlement in the Auburn area. In the spring of 1848 a group of French gold miners arrived and camped in what would later be known as the Auburn Ravine. The party was on their way to the gold fields in Coloma, California and included Francois Gendron, Philibert Courteau and Claude Chana.
Auburn is also known as the town of best geographical environment and has traced its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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