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California Vacation Basic Facts

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State Animal: California grizzly bear

State Bird: California valley quail

State Colors: blue and gold

State Dance: West Coast swing dance

State Fife and Drum Band: California Consolidated Drum Band

State Fish: California golden trout

State Flower: California golden poppy

State Folk Dance: square dance

State Fossil: sabre-toothed cat

State Gemstone: blue diamond (benitoite)

State Grass: purple needlegrass

State Insect: California dogface butterfly

State Marine Fish: garibaldi

State Marine Mammal: California Gray Whale

State Mineral: gold

State Motto: Eureka (I have found it)

State Nickname: Golden State

State Prehistoric Artifact: chipped stone bear

State Quarter:

State Reptile: desert tortoise

State Rock: serpentine

State Soil: San Joaquin soil

State Song: I Love You, California

State Tartan:

State Theater: Pasadena Playhouse

State Tree: California redwood

State Capitals

Monterey, California First state capital.

Benica, California Benicia Capitol State Historic Park, 115 West G Street, Benicia CA 94510. Benicia was California's third seat of government. Served as the state capitol for 13 months from 1853 to 1854.

Sacramento, California Current state capital.


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State Laws?

In California, it is illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license.

In California, women may not drive in a house coat.

In California, animals may not mate publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.

In Ventura County, California, cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.

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