A tattered encampment of 200 men and women along the American River is a vivid symbol of a financial crisis otherwise invisible to most Americans. Officials say they will shut it down within a month.
The Depression had Hoover-villes. The energy crisis had snaking gas lines. The state's droughts have empty reservoirs and brown lawns.
But today's deep recession is largely about disappearing wealth -- painful, yes, but difficult to see.