16 extremely interesting facts about California you didn’t know

sanfrancisco16 extremely interesting facts about California you didn’t know:

  1. The name California probably derived from a popular Spanish novel published in 1510, called The Adventures of Esplandián, which described a fictional island paradise named California.
  2. California’s State Fish is the Golden Trout.
  3. More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state.
  4. San Francisco Bay is considered the world's largest landlocked harbor.
  5. California produces over 17 million gallons of wine each year and more than 300,000 tons of grapes are grown annually.
  6. Death Valley is recognized as the hottest, driest place in the United States. It isn't uncommon for the summer temperatures to reach more than 115 degrees.
  7. Sequoia National Park contains the largest living tree. Its trunk is 102 feet in circumference and some of its giant redwoods are more than 2,000 years old. They are the tallest and largest living organisms in the world.
  8. California is the first state to ever reach a trillion dollar economy in gross state product.
  9. California is the birthplace of the Frisbee, Barbie dolls, skateboards, and video arcade games.
  10. Castroville is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947 a young woman named Norma Jean was crowned Castroville's first Artichoke Queen. She went on to become actress Marilyn Monroe.
  11. Dick and Mac McDonald opened the first McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
  12. Joe DiMaggio, Richard Nixon, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford and John Steinbeck were all from California.
  13. There are 10 National Parks, 18 National Forests and 278 State Parks & Beaches in California.
  14. The State Insect is The California dogface butterfly.
  15. Yuma, Maidu, Pomo, Hupa and Paiute tribes originally inhabited California.
  16. Clunkers4Charity accepts all vehicles from anywhere in California!