We bring to you 50 fun facts about California in this quick post.
California State is the third-largest state in the United States, surrounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the east by Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona, and on the south by Mexico.
In 1848, the United States bought the land from Mexico, with about the same boundaries as California today.
California was never formed as a territory but was governed by a federal military authority from 1848 until statehood.
On September 9, 1850, California was admitted to the Union as the 31st state.
California is a land of amazing physical differences, from the rainy northern coast to the arid Colorado Desert in the south, and from the Mediterranean-like middle and southern littoral to the volcanic plateau of the far northeast.
Mount Whitney and Death Valley, the highest and lowest elevations in the 48 contiguous states, are both located in California.
The former is the highest point in the Sierra Nevada, one of North America’s most famous mountain ranges.
50 Fun Facts About California State
1. California’s Mount Whitney measures as the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Its most famous climb is Mount Whitney Trail to the 14,495 feet summit. Wilderness permits are required.
2. In 1925 a giant sequoia located in California’s Kings Canyon National Park was named the nation’s national Christmas tree. The tree is over 300 feet in height.
3. More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States. – Fun facts about California
4. Pacific Park, on the venerable Santa Monica Pier, re-creates the amusement parks once dotting the ocean areas along the Pacific Coast. Featured are 11 amusement rides including the 1910-vintage hand-carved merry-go-round appearing in the movie “The Sting.”
5. Alpine County is the eighth smallest of California’s 58 counties. It has no high school, ATMs, dentists, banks, or traffic lights.
6. Fallbrook is known as the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More avocados are grown in the region than in any other county in the nation.
7. In the late 1850s, Kennedy Mine, located in Jackson, served as one of the richest gold mines in the world and the deepest mine in North America.
8. An animal called the riparian brush rabbit calls Caswell Memorial State Park (near Manteca) its home. Endemic only to the state’s park system, the critter lives in approximately 255 acres stretching along the area’s once-vast hardwood forest. – Fun facts about California
9. In Pacific Grove there is a law on the books establishing a $500 fine for molesting butterflies.
10. The largest three-day rodeo in the United States is held on the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.
11. Demonstrations on making toothpaste from orange by-products were popular attractions at the Los Angeles County fair in 1922. The fair is held in Pomona.
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12. Located in Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is the largest museum of its kind in North America. – Fun facts about California
13. Several celebrities are buried at Hillside Cemetery in Culver City. Included gravesites are those of Al Jolson, George Jessel, Eddie Canter, Jack Benny, and Percy Faith.
14. California Caverns claims the distinction of being the most extensive system of caverns and passageways in the Mother Lode region of the state.
15. Totaling nearly three million acres, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country.
16. On Catalina Island in 1926, American author Zane Grey built a pueblo-style home on the hillside overlooking Avalon Bay. He spent much of his later life in Avalon. The home is now a hotel.
17. Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge contains the largest winter population of bald eagles in the continental United States.
18. Author Richard Dana (1851-1882) wrote the novel “Two Years Before the Mast.” He inspired the name for the beach community of Dana Point. – Fun facts about California
19. In Atwater the Castle Air Museum has the largest display of military aircraft in the state.
20. The Country Store in Baker has sold more winning California State Lottery tickets than any outlet in the state.
21. Reputed to be the most corrupt politician in Fresno County history, Vice-leader Joseph Spinney was mayor for only ten minutes.
22. The Hollywood Bowl is the world’s largest outdoor amphitheater.
23. The first person to personally receive a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood was actress Joanne Woodward. She received it in 1960. – Fun facts about California
24. Death Valley is recognized as the hottest, driest place in the United States. It isn’t uncommon for the summer temperatures to reach more than 115 degrees.
25. The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902.
26. Inyo National Forest is home to the bristlecone pine, the oldest living species. Some of the gnarled trees are thought to be over 4,600 years old.
27. San Francisco Bay is considered the world’s largest landlocked harbor.
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28. Sequoia National Park contains the largest living tree. Its trunk is 102 feet in circumference.
29. Yorba Linda is home to the Richard Nixon Library. – Fun facts about California
30. The Coachella Valley is nicknamed The Date Capital of the world and The Playground of Presidents.
31. One out of every eight United States residents lives in California.
32. California is the first state to ever reach a trillion-dollar economy in gross state product.
33. California has the largest economy in the states of the union.
34. If California’s economic size were measured by itself to other countries, it would rank the 7th largest economy in the world.
35. Los Angeles is ranked the fourth-largest economy in the United States compared to other states. – Fun facts about California
36. Simi Valley is the home of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
37. It is estimated there are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California annually.
38. During his engagement at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, Otis Redding stayed on a houseboat in Sausalito. While there he wrote his last song and greatest hit: “The Dock of the Bay.”
39. 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 Nevada.
40. California is known variously as The Land of Milk and Honey, The El Dorado State, The Golden State, and The Grape State. – Fun facts about California
41. There are more than 300,000 tons of grapes grown in California annually.
42. California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine each year.
43. The redwood is the official state tree. Some of the giant redwoods in Sequoia National Park are more than 2,000 years old.
44. The California poppy is the official state flower. The California grizzly bear (Ursus californicus) is the official state animal.
45. California holds two of the top ten most populous cities: Los Angeles and San Diego.
46. Fresno proclaims itself the Raisin Capital of the World.
47. The highest and lowest points in the continental United States are within 100 miles of one another. Mount Whitney measures 14,495 feet and Bad Water in Death Valley is 282 feet below sea level. – Fun facts about California
48. 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.
Summary of Fun Facts About California
Thanks for checking out this quick collection of California state facts. Isn’t it amazing to know that California holds two of the top ten most populous cities: Los Angeles, and San Diego?
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