State of California Trivia and Fun Facts
Last updated 09-08-08
California State Facts Page
- The United States National Christmas Tree reside in Kings Canyon Nation
Park located in California. The Tree Stand more than 300 Feet Tall. Carolers
sing at the base of the 267-foot sequoia each year and the size of the
group depends on the depth of the heavy snows in the park.
- Kennedy Mine Found in Jackson California was once the richest gold mine
in the world and the deepest mine in North America.
- The Sacramento Railroad Museum is believed to be the largest railroad museum
in North America.
- California produces over 300,000 tons of grapes and
17 million gallon of wine.
- The world's largest outdoor amphitheater is none other than California's
- Experts estimated approximately 500,00 detectable seismic
in California each year.
- Bad Water in Death Valley is 282 Feet below
and Mount Whitney is 14,1495 Feet above sea level. Interestingly, there
are the highest and lowest points in the continental United States.
And they 100 miles apart.
- Fresno, California is the self-proclaimed raisin capital of the world.
- California's coastline, from Oregon to Mexico, measures 840 miles.
- The highest recorded temperature in the state, was 134 degrees registered
in Death Valley in 1913..
- The state's most valuable crop is Tomatoes, adding about $600 million a
year to the economy.
- More turkeys are raised in the state of California than in any other state
in the United States.
- Alpine County is the eighth smallest of California's 58 counties.
It has no high
school, ATMs, dentists, banks, or traffic lights.
- Fallbrook is known as the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More
avocados are grown in the region than any other county in the nation.
- In Pacific Grove there is a law on the books establishing a $500 fine
for molesting butterflies.
- The largest three-day rodeo in the United States is held on the Tehama
County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.
- Totaling nearly three million acres, San Bernardino
County is the largest county in the country.
- Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge contains the largest winter population
of bald eagles in the continental United States.
- In Atwater the Castle Air
Museum has the largest display of military aircraft in the state.
- The first person to personally
receive a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood was actress Joanne Woodward.
it in 1960.
- Inyo National Forest is home to the bristle cone pine, the oldest living
species. Some of the gnarled trees are thought to be over 4,600 years
National Park contains the largest living tree. Its trunk is 102 feet
- One out of every eight United States residents lives in California.
- California is the first state to ever reach a trillion dollar economy in
gross state product.
- The State of California has the largest economy in the united states.
- If California's economic size were measured by itself to other countries,
it would rank the 7th largest economy in the world.
- Los Angeles is ranked the fourth largest economy in the United States compared
to other states.
- The state motto is Eureka!, a Greek word translated "I have found it!" The
motto was adopted in 1849 and alludes to the discovery of gold in the Sierra
- The State of California is known variously as The Land of Milk and Honey,
The El Dorado State, The Golden State, and The Grape State.
- Castroville is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947 a young
woman named Norma Jean was crowned Castroville's first Artichoke Queen.
She went on
to become actress Marilyn Monroe
California's nickname, "The Golden State" is traced back to the discovery of gold in 1848 and for the amazing fields of golden poppies which are seen each spring throughout the state.
- "Eureka" has appeared on the state seal since 1849 and means "I have found it". The words were probably intended to refer to the discovery of gold in California. Present day prospectors can still pan for gold in California's streams; gold is the official state mineral.
- The State Bird is the California Quail, also known as the valley quail, nest in hollows scratched in the ground and concealed by foliage. Eggs are creamy white and thickly spotted with golden brown in 6 to 28.
- State Flower: California Poppy. April 6 is California Poppy Day, and Governor
Wilson proclaimed May 13-18, 1996, Poppy Week.
- Fallbrook is known as the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More avocados are grown in the region than any other county in the nation.
- The largest three-day rodeo in the United States is held on the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.
- The Iron Door Saloon in Groveland claims to be the oldest drinking establishment in the state. It was constructed in 1852.
- Totaling nearly three million acres, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country.
- Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge contains the largest winter population of bald eagles in the continental United States.
- San Francisco Bay is considered the world's largest landlocked harbor.
- It is estimated there are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California annually.
- The Coachella Valley is known as the Date Capital of the world.
California grows 99.5% of all dates grown in the United States, and Arizona produces the rest. (USDA 2004).
- Fresno, California is the Raisin Capital of the World.
- California grows about 75% of U.S. strawberries. (USDA 2004)
- State Fish: California Volcano Creek Golden Trout
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