Today we bring you a list with 25 fun facts about California, we hope you like it!

The name of California comes from a mythical island paradise called California, inhabited only by beautiful Amazon warriors using gold tools and weapons and ruled by Queen Calafia, was the setting for a popular Spanish novel, Las sergas de Esplandián, written by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo and published in July 1510. Early Spanish explorers believed that the present-day California was an island ruled by Amazon women and they named it California.

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Spanish navigator Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo became the first European in recorded history to sight the region that is present-day California in 1542.

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The original California flag, the first Bear Flag, was designed by William L. Todd, Abraham Lincoln’s relative by marriage (William L. Todd was a cousin of Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln)

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The redwood is the official state tree. Some of the giant redwoods in Sequoia National Park are more than 2,000 years old.

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The California poppy is the official state flower. The California grizzly bear (Ursus californicus) is the official state animal.

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Methuselah, a bristlecone pine tree from California’s White Mountains, is the oldest non-clonal continuously standing tree in the world. It’s estimated to be 4,650 years old!

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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.

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The Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, California recorded the hottest precisely-recorded temperature on earth at 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913.

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Both the highest point in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney (14,494 ft) and the lowest point in North American Continent (Badwater Basin in Death Valley) are in California and they are less than 100 miles apart!

Hyperion, a coast redwood tree (Sequoia sempervirens) in the Redwood National Park, California, is the tallest living tree in the world at 115.54 meters (379.1 ft) Hyperion was discovered August 25, 2006, by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor. The tree was found in a remote area of Redwood National and State Parks purchased in 1978. The exact location of the tree has not been revealed to the public for fear that human traffic would upset the ecosystem the tree inhabits. The tree is estimated to contain 530 cubic meters (18,600 cu ft) of wood and to be about 800 years old.

The General Sherman, a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Sequoia National Park, California, is the largest living single stem tree on earth. Estimated to be about 2500 year-old, it has a diameter of 7.7 metres (25 ft)

California has more national parks than any other state in USA. Of the 59 national parks in USA, California has 9 national parks, followed by Alaska (eight), Utah (five), and Colorado (four).

It is estimated there are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California annually.

On 24 January 1848, James Marshall, a foreman working to build a lumber mill for John Sutter in Coloma, California, found a shiny lump of gold in the American River. The news triggered a massive rush of gold-seekers (called “forty-niners” as many of them arrived around the year 1849) flocking to California hoping to strike it rich. This ‘Goldrush’ gave California its nickname, the Golden State. San Francisco population grew 180 times during the seven years of Goldrush (1848 – 1855), from about 200 to over 36,000.

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California is the first state ever to become a trillion dollar economy in gross state product. If California were a country, it would be the eighth largest economy in the world, with roughly the same GDP as Italy.

California is the only state that has hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Los Angeles hosted Summer Olympics twice (1932 and 1984) and Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe hosted Winter Olympics in 1960.

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San Francisco Bay is the world’s largest landlocked harbor.

Fortune cookie, Apple computer, theme park (Disneyland), Frisbee, blue jeans and the Barbie doll are all invented in California.
California is the largest grape producing state in the United States. California is also the largest wine producing state in the USA.

California accounts for about half of fruit acreage in USA. California is the largest producer of grapes, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, kiwifruit, prunes, plums, dates, avocadoes, lemons, tangerines, garlic and onion.

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California is the largest producer of almonds in the world. The Golden State produces over 80% of the global production of almonds!

The avocado was introduced from Mexico to California in the 19th century, and has become a successful cash crop. Currently, more than 95% of United States’ avocado production comes from California. Fallbrook is nicknamed “Avocado Capital of the World” and both Fallbrook and Carpinteria host annual avocado festivals.

Castroville is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947, a young woman named Norma Jean was crowned Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen. She later became world-famous actress by her screen name, Marilyn Monroe.

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Richard Milhous Nixon is the only California-born person to become the president of the United States. Oddly, he is also the only American president ever to resign from the office. He has been featured on the cover of TIME magazine a record 55 times in four different decades (1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1990s) Herbert Hoover and Ronald Reagan called California their home state, but Hoover was born in Iowa and Reagan was born in Illinois.

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World’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in San Bernardino, California. The journey of McDonald’s, the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, began in 1940, with a restaurant opened by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernardino, California.

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