California - Hiram Powers Powers completed "California," originally entitled "La Dorado," from 1850 to 1855 in his Florence studio. Inspired by the California Gold Rush of 1849, Powers devised the following program for this allegorical figure: ". . . an Indian woman . . . stands in a reserved and guarded posture and with a watchful expression, holding the divining rod in her left, and pointing with it down to the earth, under a large quartz crystal, which supports the figure on the right.