California
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco


Welcome to California! Here is a sampling of some interesting facts and trivia you will find in your personal California Souvenir Passport:

  • California's highest point, Mt. Whitney (14,495ft) is separated by only 100 miles from the state's lowest point, which is 282 feet below sea, level in Death Valley.

  • In 1972 California became the first state in the union adopt an official state insect: the dogface butterfly.

    Redwood Forest
  • The Sequoia Redwoods of California are the largest and oldest trees in the world, growing up to 379 feet in height and living over 2,200 years!.

  • Joe DiMaggio, Robert Frost, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack London and Coolio all come from the State of California.


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California State Passport - Table of Contents

General Information
     Welcome to California - The Golden State!
     California History and Economic Overview
     California Trivia
     California Geography
     Business and Industry
     Redwood Forests
     Napa Valley
     California Vital Statistics
Important Californian Cities
     Los Angeles
     San Francisco
     Hollywood
State Information
     California State Animal
     California State Flag
     California State Seal
     California State Capitol
     California State Song
     California State Flower
     California State Rock
     California State Reptile
     California State Bird
     California State Precious Gemstone
     California State Gemstone (semi-precious)
     California State Fossil
     California State Fish and Fish Records
     California State Trees and Tree Records
     California State Metal
     California State Grass


Welcome to California - The Golden State!


I, the undersigned, hereby request all whom it may concern to permit the person named herein to enjoy without delay the hospitality and beauty of this great State and to give aid to ensure a safe and pleasant journey to the California Passport bearer named herein.

Signed,

John Muir

John Muir, Naturalist 1868
Welcome to California




California History and Economic Overview

Native Americans were the first inhabitants of California and have lived in the region for over 15,000 years. When Spanish explorers first came to California, in the 1530s, approximately one million Native Americans occupied the land. In 1579, Queen Elizabeth I sent Sir Francis Drake to claim California for England. However, it was not until the mid-1700s that California was actually colonized and it was the Spanish who accomplished this feat. In 1848, Mexico ceded California and New Mexico to the United States for only $15 million. That same year, the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill started the famous California Gold Rush. Fueled by the population boom of gold enthusiasts, California became an official U.S. State on September 9, 1850.

Today California has the largest population in the United States with 32.7 million people (2007 estimate) and is the third largest state in terms of land area. Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco are four of the nation's 20 largest cities. California ranks first in the U.S. in terms of agriculture and manufacturing production, but its service industries make up the largest component of its gross domestic product--$1.544 trillion in 2006. If California were a country, its production and service industries would rank the sixth largest in the world. The State of California has five distinct economic industries: the Central Valley (agriculture), Hollywood (entertainment), Silicon Valley (technology), Northern California and Santa Barbara (wine production), and San Diego and San Francisco (bio-technology).



California Vital Statistics

Total Area: 158,402 square miles, third largest state
Population: 37,172,015 people (largest in the United States)
Statehood: September 9, 1850, the 31st state
Nickname: Golden State
State Capitol: Sacramento, 457,514 people
Largest City: Los Angeles, 3,976,071 people (2006 est.)
Coldest Temperature: -45°F January, 20, 1937, in Boca, California
Hottest Temperature: 134°F July 10, 1943, Death Valley, California
Highest Point: Mt. Whitney, 14,495 feet
Lowest Point: Death Valley, 282 feet below sea level
Deepest Cave: Bigfoot Cave, 1,250 feet
Geographic Center: 37°09'58N, 119°26'58W
California Length: 770 miles
California Width: 250 miles



California State Capitol - Sacramento

The Sacramento State Capitol building
The Sacramento State Capitol building

The state capitol of California moved between five cities before Governor John Bigler signed a bill on Feb. 25, 1853, naming Sacramento the state capitol. Initially, the county courthouse was the temporary capitol building. However, it caught fire in 1854 and Governor Bigler saved a Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington that is still hung in the Senate chambers today. The new capitol building was completed in 1874 after numerous constructions delays. It houses the offices of the governor, attorney general, treasurer, secretary of state, and the state legislature. The building sits on 40 acres of land known as the California State Capitol Museum grounds. The museum has a fine art collection which depicts Califoria history in detail.

A Sacramento landmark
The beautiful Tower Bridge, a Sacramento landmark.

DID YOU KNOW:

  • In 2005, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger launched the California state quarter, which features George Washington on one side and John Muir on the other.
  • When gold was discovered in 1848, the rush of people to Sacramento and its surrounding areas was recorded as the largest human migration in history.


California State Flower - The Golden Poppy

The California State Floral Society voted the California poppy as the "Official State Flower" in 1890, and poppy became the state flower by law in 1903. California's Native Americans valued the golden poppy, which grows wild throughout the state, as food and a source of oil. Because the reflection of the setting sun off poppies growing on the coastal hills made the hills look like they were on fire, Spanish sailors called California "the land of fire". They nicknamed the poppy the "cup of gold", and today it is also known as the "flame flower". April 6th is celebrated as California Poppy Day.

DID YOU KNOW:

  • As the state's official flower, the native poppy is protected and cannot be picked or destroyed.
  • The best place to view poppies is in Antelope Valley.



Your California State Passport is also filled with many pages of educational state history and science. Here is another glimpse of what this unique souvenir has to offer...

California State Soil and Insect



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