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45  Facts about California | Amazing Facts 4U

  1. California is the USA’s most populous state .One out of every eight United States residents lives in California.
  2. Amazingly California has a larger population than all of Canada.
  3. Fact is California is a “minority majority” state, with 58% of its population Asian, Hispanic, Native American or other groups. 26% of its people were born outside the U.S.
  4. California has the largest economy in the states of the union. California is the first state to ever reach a trillion dollar economy in gross state product.
  5. California is known variously as The Land of Milk and Honey, The El Dorado State, The Golden State, and The Grape State.
  6. Fact is that the Gold Rush sparked the mass migration. Between 1848 and 1852, California’s population grew from 14,000 to 223,000. Today, the largest and deepest gold mine, is still in production, the Kennedy mine, in Jackson.
  7. Amazingly prior to the Gold Rush, California had more Native Americans than all the other states combined.
  8. Empire Mine, near Grass Valley, is a gold mine which operated for over 100 years and has over 367 miles of tunnels extending 2 miles (3.2 km) down. It is said to still contain gold but is now a historical park.
  9. California is the largest producer of goods of all the states and the largest agricultural state in America.
  10. California holds two of the top ten most populous cities: Los Angeles and San Diego.
  11. Amazingly the highest and lowest points in the continental United States are within 100 miles of one another both in California. Mount Whitney measures 14,495 feet and Bad Water in Death Valley is 282 feet below sea level.
  12. There are more than 300,000 tons of grapes grown in California annually which in turn produces more than 17 million gallons of wine each year.
  13. 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.
  14. California is famous for its enormous trees. The redwood is the official state tree. 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.
  15. Inyo National Forest is home to the bristle cone pine, the oldest living species. Some of the trees are thought to be over 4,600 years old.
  16. California is home to the world’s largest tree (Redwood – Named General Sherman in Sequoia National Park) having it’s trunk 102 feet (32 mtr) in circumference.  It’s believed to be 3500 years old.
  17. Amazingly the location of the world’s tallest tree, Hyperion, standing at 379 feet, is kept a secret, and is hiding somewhere in California .
  18. Amazing fact is although the Redwoods can reach heights of nearly 40 stories tall, their root systems are only 10 feet deep. Instead of growing down, the shallow roots of the Redwood tree grow out, and spread sideways up to 250 feet (75 m) from the trunk.
  19. The bark of the Redwood is deeply-furrowed, fibrous, up to about 1 foot (30.5 cm) thick and lacks resin.
  20. Amazingly there is a palm tree and pine tree planted next to each other at the midpoint of California. The palm tree signifies the entrance to Southern California, while the pine tree signifies the entrance to Northern California.
  21. Mavericks, an area of beach in San Mateo County , is considered one of the three best surfing locations in the world. Winter storms create swells and waves up to 30 feet.
  22. Amazingly the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has enough steel wires in its cables to circle the earth at the equator 3.5 times. he Golden Gate Bridge is so big that workers paint the bridge year round. By the time they are finished with one end it is time to begin repainting the other end.
  23. The things Invented in California: fortune cookies, Apple computers, the computer “mouse ,theme parks (Disneyland), blue jeans and the Barbie doll.
  24. It is estimated there are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California annually.
  25. 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.” Still running.
  26. Nowhere else in the nation are more avocados grown than in the city of Fallbrook known as Avocados capital of the world.
  27. Shasta Lake in Northern California is called the “Houseboat Capital of the World” with more than 400 commercial vehicles for rent.
  28. San Francisco Bay is considered the world’s largest landlocked harbor.
  29. Amazingly California has some weird laws that date back over 100 years. In Pacific Grove, there is a 500 dollar fine for molesting butterflies.
  30. Toothpaste use to be a home remedy for taking care of bad teeth. It began at the Los Angeles county fair with citrus and orange by products to make your own tooth paste at home.
  31. The railroad Museum in Sacramento is the largest railroad museum in the World.
  32. California’s underground is a Criss, cross of underground caverns well known in the world. One of the most extensive is located in the Mother lode region of the State.
  33. Protection for the Bald Eagle started in California, and it is now the largest Bald eagle habitat in the world (Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge).
  34. In Atwater the Castle Air Museum has the largest display of military aircraft in California.
  35. Death Valley is recognized as the hottest, driest place in the United States where temperatures consistently reach over 120 F (49 C) during summer months.
  36. The famous Hollywood bowel is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the country.
  37. The first motion picture theater was opened in Los Angeles in 1902.
  38. 8 of the top 10 cities with highest unemployment rates in America are in California.
  39. Amazing fact is that the movie industry is based in Hollywood because movie makers were trying to get away from Thomas Edison who was based in New Jersey and had patents covering virtually the entire movie making process, but the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California was known to rule against patent claims.
  40. n 1947 a young woman named Norma Jean was crowned Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen. She went on to become actress Marilyn Monroe.
  41. The entire coastline of California is a national monument, promising permanent conservation and ensuring there will not be new oil drilling within 12 nautical miles of the mainland.
  42. Amazingly it rained nearly continually in California from Christmas Eve 1861 through the end of January 1862, destroying nearly 1/4 of the property in the state, turning the Central Valley into an inland sea, and bankrupting the state.
  43. Amazing fact is in California, it costs $173 million per year to keep less than 3,000 inmates in prison.
  44. Hearst Castle along the Pacific Coast has 165 rooms, 38 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 14 sitting rooms, a kitchen, a movie theater, 2 libraries, a billiard room, a dining hall, an assembly hall, 41 fireplaces, and 127 acres of gardens.
  45. The 1,000,000 tiles that cover the pool room at Hearst Castle are all inlayed in real gold making it the most expensive pool room ever built.

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