California Facts

Sacramento, California

California Facts

California Facts

California was the thirty-first state to be admitted to the union. Residents of the golden state are known as Californians.

With plenty of sunshine year round, California is home to the Raisin Capital of the World (Fresno), the Artichoke Capital of the World (Castroville), the Avocado Capital of the World (Fallbrook), and the Date Capital of the World (Coachella Valley).

At 14,491 feet, California’s Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. California’s Death Valley is the nation’s lowest point at 282 feet below sea level. If you’re thinking about a move to California, keep in mind that there are more than half a million detectable seismic tremors in the state every year!

California State Capitol
10th and L Streets, Sacramento, CA, 95814

San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge

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The Golden Gate Bridge is the most internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco, California. The suspension bridge’s striking international orange color was selected to complement the natural surroundings and enhance its visibility in the fog. The large steel structure links San Francisco to Marin County, carrying six lanes of traffic across the Golden Gate strait, a channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

California State Symbols

State Bird Valley Quail and State Flower Poppy
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Where is California?

Can you find California on the United States map? Hint: California is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona. California’s 840-mile coastline borders the Pacific Ocean.

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California State Motto
Eureka (Greek)
I have found it

General Grant Tree

Kings Canyon National Park

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The General Grant Tree is the largest giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in California, located in the General Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park. The General Grant Tree is the only living object to be declared a National Shrine. On March 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the tree as a memorial to our brave men and women who died in war.

California State Quarter

Many California facts are shared on the U.S. Mint’s collectible state quarter.

Images: Naturalist and author John Muir, “Half Dome” at Yosemite National Park, the majestic California Condor, year of statehood (1850), year coin was minted (2005), E Pluribus Unum (motto from the Great Seal of the United States)

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Entered Union: September 9, 1850
Rank: 31

Discovery of the Yosemite

by Lafayette Houghton Bunnell (Published by Lynne Schroeder)

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California State Nickname
The Golden State

California State Flag

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