Early Spanish explorers believed that California was an island ruled by Amazon women and hence, they named it California after Queen Califia, a black Amazon warrior queen. Present-Day California is also a mysterious island with a divergent and amazing assemblage of varied cultures, geographic segments, and social class that there is bound to be several exceptionally interesting and breathtaking aspects to explore… And Eureka! Here they are. Let’s dig out some interesting facts about California:
1. The Grizzly Bear State!
California was formerly known as the Grizzly Bear State. When California witnessed a boom, the bear population was wiped out, and it became “the Golden State.”
California’s state motto “Eureka” meaning I have found it dates back to the days of Goldrush and refers to the discovery of gold.
3. America’s Richest Farming Region!
California tops the list in agricultural and dairy products in the United States. It has the world’s largest almond processing plant, refining 12 million pounds of the nutty treats a day. The state also has 5 million cows which generate more than $1bn per annum. The land is rich in fruit production too.
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4. The Tallest, Largest, And Oldest Tree In The World
California is a home to the world’s largest tree, General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, also the tallest tree, a coastal redwood whose identity is not disclosed, and guess what, the oldest one too, Methuselah, a bristlecone pine tree from California’s the White Mountains. It is the oldest continuously standing tree in the world, estimated to be 4,650 years old!
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5. A Harbinger To America’s Economy!
California is a trillion dollar economy in gross state product and also the first state ever to touch that mark. If only, California were a country, it would be the eighth-largest economy in the world, with approximately the same GDP as Italy.
6. California Gold Rush
On 24 January 1848 James Marshall, a foreman working in Coloma, California, found a shiny lump of gold in the American River. The news triggered a massive rush of gold-seekers called “forty-niner,” hoping to make some fortune. This ‘Goldrush’ gave California its nickname, the Golden State.
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7. Largest Mass Migration In History
The Gold Rush was one of the largest mass migrations documented in world history, as during the Californian Gold Rush the population increased from 14 000 to 200 000.
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8. Laundry Crisis
During the boom years in California due to the gold rush of 1849, miners used to send their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing, but it was deemed more feasible to send their shirts to Hawaii for servicing due to the extremely high costs in California.
9. Ghost Town!
California is most famous for its Gold Rush of 1848, but it also had a Silver Rush in the Calico Mountains from 1881 to 1896. The town of Calico was near the site of a major silver strike in 1881. The price of silver dropped in the mid-1890’s and by the early 1900’s Calico had become a deserted ghost town
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10. Where Dreams Come True!
There is an interesting story behind the movie industry to be based in Hollywood. The movie makers were trying to get away from Thomas Edison, who was based in New Jersey and had patents virtually covering the entire movie-making process, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California was against patent claims and hence, the movie makers migrated here.
11. Citius Altius Fortius!
California is the only state that has the honor of hosting both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
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12. Home to Death Valley!
Death Valley is known as the hottest and driest place in America. It is quite common for the summer temperatures to go above 115 degrees here.
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13. Water water everywhere; no water to drink!
It’s true. Water is so scarce that the farmers make more money selling their water supply, than by planting food. Rice farmers of northern California sell their water supplies to thirsty Southern Californians at high rates.
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14. A Mecca of Wine!
Remember all the grapes? Well, from them, 17 million gallons of exotic wine is produced every year. California has become the largest wine producing state in the US and the 4th leading wine producer in the world after Italy, France, and Spain. California is North America’s Mecca for wine enthusiasts.
15. Green snowfall!
Californians experienced a unique weather phenomenon in 1955 when the snowfall was green with a phosphorescent effect. Residents who decided to try the language of its cereals soon died and the people who took the snow in their hands got rashes and intense itching.
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16. The Watermelon snow at the Sierra Nevada!
You can observe “watermelon snow” while hiking across the slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills in summer. It’s pink-colored and has a scent and taste like watermelon. The microscopic algae known as Chlamydomonas nivalis, brought about this phenomenon.
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17. The trendsetter!
Levi Strauss, a 44-year-old German immigrant, invented the first blue jeans in San Francisco on May 20, 1873.
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18. Birthplace of McDonald’s!
Californians are the luckiest people on this planet as they were the first to taste McDonald’s mouthwatering burgers. World’s first McDonald’s restaurant was opened in 1940, by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernardino, California
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19. From Kids to Old ….a paradise for everyone!
California is the birthplace of Fortune Cookie, Apple computer, theme park (Disneyland), Frisbee, the Barbie dolls, skateboards, and video arcade games.
20. Artichoke Queen to Marilyn Monroe!
Castroville, California is considered the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947, a young woman named Norma Jean started her journey here by becoming Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen and later became a world-famous actress by her screen name, Marilyn Monroe.
21. Weird Laws Of California!
You may only throw a Frisbee at the beach in Los Angeles County with the lifeguard’s permission; Bathhouses are against the law and Women may not drive in a housecoat.
22. The Unique Yosemite National Park
Known for its massive granite faces and plunging waterfalls, Yosemite National Park is a gem for California. Covering more than 1,100 square miles/284,899 hectares, nearly the size of Rhode Island, the park was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.
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23. Most Populous State
With almost 40 million population (as in 2015), California is the most populous state in the United States.
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24: World’s 5th Largest Economy
In 2018, California’s economy surpassed the United Kingdom to become the world’s 5th largest economy.
25. Deadliest Wildfire In History
In 2018, California witnessed the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state.