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Ratification or Admission:  September 9, 1850 (31st)
Present Constitution Adopted:  1879
State Abbreviation:  CA
State Capital:  Sacramento
Largest City - Population:  Los Angeles
Origin of the Name:  Named by the Spanish after Califia, a mythical paradise in a Spanish romance, written by Montalvo in 1510.
State Motto:  Eureka (Greek) translates to I found it!
State Nickname:  Golden State
State Song:   “I Love You, California” | Words by: F.B. Silverwood | Music by: A.F. Frankenstein
State Animal:  California Grizzly Bear
State Bird:  California Valley Quail
State Fish:  Garibaldi
State Flower:  California Poppy
State Fruit:  Avocado
State Gemstone:  Benitoite
State Insect:  California Dogface Butterfly
State Mineral:  Gold
State Tree:   California Redwood
State Flag:  Historic Bear flag raised at Sonomaon June 14, 1846, by a group of American settlers in revolt against Mexican rule. The flag was designed by William Todd on a piece of new unbleached cotton. The star imitated the lone star of Texas.


cattle, cotton, field crops, fruits, milk, poultry, vegetables.

boron, cement, clay gypsum, gold, limestone, petroleum, sand and grave.

aerospace, aircraft, computers, computer software, electronics, food processing.

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