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  • The first cinema was opened on April 2, 1902 in Los Angeles.

  • The Inyo National Forest is home to the bristle-pine, the oldest living species. Some of the gnarled trees are said to be over 4,600 years old.

  • San Francisco Bay is considered the largest inland port in the world.

  • Sequoia National Park contains the largest living tree. His trunk is 102 feet in circumference.

  • Yorba Linda houses the Richard Nixon Library.

  • The Coachella Valley is nicknamed "The Capital of the World" and "The Playground of Presidents."

  • Every eighth resident of the United States lives in California.

  • California is the first state that has ever reached a trillion dollar gross national product economy.

  • California has the largest economy in the states of the Union.

  • If California's economic size were measured against other countries, it would be the seventh largest economy in the world.

  • Los Angeles is the fourth largest economy in the United States compared to other countries.

  • Simi Valley is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

  • It is estimated that there are approximately 500,000 detectable seismic shocks in California every year.

  • While working at Fillmore West in San Francisco, Otis Redding stayed on a houseboat in Sausalito. There he wrote his last song and biggest hit: "The Dock of the Bay".

  • The state motto is Eureka !, a Greek word that translates to "I found it!" The motto was adopted in 1849 and alludes to the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada.

  • California is known as the land of milk and honey, El Dorado State, the Golden State and Grape State.

  • California grows more than 300,000 tons of grapes each year.

  • California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine each year.

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

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

  • California holds two of the top 10 most populous city guides: Los Angeles and San Diego.

  • Fresno proclaims itself the world's favorite candy capital.

  • The highest and lowest points in the continental United States are within 100 miles of each other. Mount Whitney measures 14,495 feet and Bad Water in Death Valley is 282 feet below sea level.

  • Castroville is known as the artichoke capital of the world. In 1947, a young woman named Norma Jean Castroville's first artichoke queen was crowned. She went on to become actress Marilyn Monroe.

  • California's Proposition 215 (1996) was the first nationwide medical marijuana initiative to be conducted in the US - lawyers were employed for years

  • Mount Whitney in California is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. The most famous climb is Mount Whitney Trail to the 14,495 foot summit. Wilderness permits are required.

  • In 1925, a giant sequoia in Kings Canyon National Park, California, was named National Nation's Christmas Tree. The tree is over 300 feet high.

  • In California, more turkeys are raised than in any other state in the United States.

  • Pacific Park, at the time-honored Santa Monica Pier, recreates the amusement parks that once covered the oceanic areas along the Pacific coast. On display are 11 rides, including the hand carved carousel from 1910, which appears in the movie "The Sting".

  • Alpine County is the eighth smallest of California's 58 counties. It does not have high schools, ATMs, dentists, banks or traffic lights.

  • Fallbrook is known as the avocado capital of the world and hosts an annual avocado festival. The region grows more avocados than any other county in the country.

  • In the late 1850s, Kennedy Mine, located in Jackson, served as one of the richest gold mines in the world and the deepest mine in North America.

  • An animal called the Shore Brush Rabbit calls Caswell Memorial State Park (near Manteca) his home. The animal lives exclusively on the park system of the state and lives on about 255 hectares, which extend along the once huge hardwood forest.

  • Pacific Grove has a $ 500 fine for annoying butterflies.

  • The largest three-day rodeo in the US takes place at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.

  • Demonstrations to produce toothpaste from orange by-products were popular attractions at Los Angeles County Fair in 1922. The show will be held in Pomona.

  • The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento is the largest museum of its kind in North America.

  • Several celebrities are buried at Hillside Cemetery in Culver City. Included graves are those of Al Jolson, George Jessel, Eddie Canter, Jack Benny and Percy Faith.

  • California Caverns claims the distinction of being the largest system of caves and passages in the Mother Lode region of the state.

  • Covering nearly three million hectares, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country.

  • On the island of Catalina in 1926, American author Zane Gray built a pueblo-style house on the hillside overlooking Avalon Bay. He spent much of his later life in Avalon. The house is now a hotel.

  • Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge contains the largest winter population of bald eagles in the continental United States.

  • Author Richard Dana (1851-1882) wrote the novel "Two years before the mast". He inspired the name for the beach community of Dana Point.

  • In Atwater, the Castle Air Museum has the largest exhibition of military aircraft in the state.

  • The Country Store in Baker has sold more winning California State Lottery tickets than any other outlet in the state.

  • Deputy Leader Joseph Spinney, allegedly the most corrupt politician in the history of Fresno County, was only ten minutes mayor.

  • The iron door salon in Groveland claims to be the oldest drinking facility in the state. It was built in 1852.

  • The Hollywood Bowl is the largest amphitheater in the world.

  • The first person to personally receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was actress Joanne Woodward. She received it in 1960.

  • Death Valley is considered the hottest and driest place in the United States. It is not uncommon for summer temperatures to reach more than 115 degrees.

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