List of California state symbols


List of California state symbols

This is a list of the officially designated symbols of the U.S. State of California.

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*Beverage: Wine
*Bird: California Quail ("Callipepla californica")
*Colors: Blue, which represents the sky and Gold, which represents the color of the precious metal found by forty-niners in the state's hills.
*Dance: West Coast Swing
*Fife and drum corps: California Consolidated Drum Band
*Fish: Golden trout "(Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita)" (fresh water), Garibaldi "(Hypsypops rubicundus)" (salt water)
*Flags:
**Flag of California (since 1911)
**Flag of the California Republic (1846)
*Flower: California poppy "(Eschsholzia californica)"
*Folk dance: Square Dance
*Fossil: Saber-toothed cat "(Smilodon californicus)"
*Gemstone: Benitoite
*Gold Rush Ghost Town: Bodie
*Grass: Purple Needlegrass "(Nassella pulchra)"
*Historical Society: California Historical Society
*Insect: California dogface butterfly "(Colias eurydice)"
*License plate: "White with "California" in a red script across the top."
*Mammal: Grizzly bear "(Ursus californicus)"
*Marine mammal: Gray whale "(Eschrichtius robustus)"
*Military Museum: California State Military Museum
*Mineral: Gold
*Motto: Eureka
*Nicknames: Golden State (official), El Dorado State, Golden West, Grape State, Land of Milk and Honey, Land of Fruits and Nuts (derisive), Entertainment State, Land of the Fires, Movie State
*Poet Laureate: Al Young
*Prehistoric artifact: Chipped stone bear
*Reptile: Desert tortoise "(gopherus agassizi)"
*Rock: Serpentine
*Seal: The Seal of California: "The seal features Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom; a California grizzly bear (the official state animal) feeding on grape vines, representing California wine production; a sheaf of grain, representing agriculture; a miner, representing the California Gold Rush and the mining industry; sailing ships, representing the state's economic power; and San Francisco Bay or the Sacramento River. The phrase "Eureka," meaning "I have found it!" is the California state motto."
*Silver Rush Ghost Town: Calico
*Slogan: Find Yourself Here
*Soil: San Joaquin
*Song: I Love You, California
*Tall ship: Californian (schooner)
*Tartan: California State Tartan
*Theater: Pasadena Playhouse
*Tree: Sequoia (California redwood): "Sequoiadendron giganteum" (Giant Sequoia), "Sequoia sempervirens" (Coast Redwood)
*United States quarter dollar - California 2005:

ee also

*List of California-related topics
*Lists of United States state insignia
*State of California

References

External links

* [http://www.library.ca.gov/history/symbols.html California State Symbols]


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