California Fun Facts
Best View of the World in the United States
Mount Diablo State Park. The summit - 3,849' - offers a sweeping panorama--more of the earth's surface can be seen from the mountain than any other peak in the world, except Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Oldest California State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park - 1902--founded as California Redwood Park
Did You Know………
During the California gold rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in California during these boom years, it was deemed more feasible to send their shirts to Hawaii for servicing.
Q. Whose failure at making tents for the forty-niners led him to a riveting alternative?
A. Levi Strauss, with his blue jeans.
Q. The grizzly bear, now extinct in California, shares its space on the state seal with whom?
A. Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom, and a miner.
Q. The Santa Clara Valley, famous for its fruit trees, was transformed in the 1970s and 1980s by what tiny manmade object?
A. The silicon chip.
Q. Where was the state’s first newspaper published?
A. In Monterey, in 1846.
Q. Father Serra referred to himself as what?
A. The Gray Ox.
Q. What Georgian mansion was used as a film location for the TV series Dynasty as well as the films Heaven Can Wait and The Joy Luck Club?
A. Fioli, in Woodside.
Q. The giant octopus from It Came from Beneath the Sea attacked what city?
A. San Francisco.
Q. California’s coastline, from Oregon to Mexico, measures how many miles.
A. About 840.
Q. The world championship crab races are held in what town every February?
A. Crescent City.
Q. Who was crowned California Artichoke Queen by the Kiwanis Club in Watsonville in 1948?
A. Marilyn Monroe.
Q. When did the California State Lottery become official?
Q. Where was a temple with chapels for Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism built?
A. Oroville, the Chinese Temple, in 1863.
HOLIDAY FUN FACTS
Strange But True: Here's one of those funny Thanksgiving facts: Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead. A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of Seconds.
If you received all of the gifts in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you would receive 364 gifts.
“Rudolph" was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930's for a holiday promotion. The rest is history.
America’s official national Christmas tree is located in King’s Canyon National Park in California. The tree, a giant sequoia called the “General Grant Tree”, is over 90 meters (300 feet) high, and was made the official Christmas tree in 1925. (And no doubt we’re paying that electric bill somehow.)