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State located on the West Coast of the United States

  • California once referred to a large area of North America claimed by Spain that included much of modern-day Southwestern United States and the Baja California peninsula.
  • More turkeys are raised in state than in any other state in the United States.
  • California's Mount Whitney measures as the highest peak in the lower 48 states.
  • 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.
  • Alpine County is the eighth smallest of California's 58 counties. It has no high school, ATMs, dentists, banks, or traffic lights.
  • In Pacific Grove there is a law on the books establishing a $500 fine for molesting butterflies.
  • Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge contains the largest winter population of bald eagles in the continental US.
  • The Hollywood Bowl is the world's largest outdoor amphitheater.
  • San Francisco Bay is considered the world's largest landlocked harbor.
  • One out of every eight United States residents lives in here.
  • California is the first state to ever reach a trillion dollar economy in gross state product.
  • California has the largest economy in the states of the union.
  • Los Angeles is ranked the fourth largest economy in the United States compared to other states.
  • There are more than 300,000 tons of grapes grown in California annually.
  • Fresno proclaims itself the Raisin Capital of the World.
  • Built in 1852, the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland is the oldest saloon in California.
  • In Arcadia, peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.
  • Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk in Carmel.
  • It is prohibited to sleep in a parked vehicle while in Cathedral City.
  • It is illegal to own a green or smelly animal hide in Chico.
  • It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a San Francisco street corner.
  • Three out of the ten largest U. S. cities are in California: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose.
  • The state is named after Queen Califia, a character in the book written by Garcia de Montalvo.
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