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Interesting Facts about California

This state is home to all of the greatest movie stars and some of the best sites in all of the 50 U.S. states. Even so, do you think you know everything there is to know about the state of California?

Let's test your knowledge with 30 facts about California that you may not already know:

1. California raises more turkeys each year than any other U.S. State.

2. Mount Whitney in California is the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states. It's trail takes you to the 14,495 foot summit, but you'll need a Wilderness permit to do so.

3. In 1925, a 300 foot sequoia tree in Kings Canyon National Park was named the nation's official Christmas tree.

4. California has 58 counties, Alpine County is the eighth smallest and has zero ATMs, dentists, banks, high schools, or traffic lights!

5. In the 1850s, Kennedy Mine was one of the richest gold mines in the world and was known as the deepest mine in North America.

6. There is a law in the city of Pacific Grove that prohibits the molestation of Monarch Butterflies.

7. Fallbrook is the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More Avocados are grown here than in any other country in the United States.

8. The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento is the largest museum of its kind in the world.

9. The largest county is San Bernardino which is almost three million acres large.

10. The Country Store in Barker has sold more winning state lottery tickets that any other store in the state.

11. Joseph Spinney is known as the most corrupt politician in Fresno County's history. He was mayor for a mere ten minutes.

12. Death Valley in California is the hottest, driest place in the United States. In the summer, temperatures climb up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

13.  The first movie theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2nd, 1902.

14. The Inyo National Forest houses the oldest living species of the bristle cone pine. Some of the trees are over 4,600 years old.

15. The Hollywood Bowl is the largest outdoor amphitheater in the world.

16. The first person to have their own star in the Walk of Fame in Hollywood was Joanne Woodward, an actress who received it in 1960.

17. One out of every eight people in the United States is a resident of California.

18. San Francisco Bay is the world's largest landlocked harbor.

19. The Sequoia National Park is home to the largest living tree in the world. It's trunk alone is 102 feet around.

20. If California were its own country, it's economy would be ranked the 7th largest in the whole world.

21. There are over 500,000 seismic tremors in California each year, however most are too small to be felt.

22. The state's motto is "Eureka!" which is Greek for "I have found it!" This motto was chosen in 1849 when gold was discovered in the Sierra Nevada.

23. California grows over 300,000 tons of grapes each year.

24. Those grapes go into over 17 million gallons of wine each year.

25. The official state tree is the Redwood.

26. The state flower is the California Poppy, and the official animal is the California Grizzly bear.

27. Two of the ten most populated cities are in California: Los Angeles and San Diego.

28. Fresno calls itself the Raisin Capital of the World.

29. California is the first state to have reached a trillion dollar economy in state products.

30. Simi Valley is the location of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

So, did you already know those 30 facts about California? I'll bet there were at least a few you hadn't seen before.

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