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Thomas Jefferson

"The reason that Christianity is the best friend of Government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart."

Ronald Reagan
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."
George Washington
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports... And let us indulge with caution the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion ... Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle."
Farewell Address
Abraham Lincoln
"We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us." (1863)
Ronald Reagan
"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."


Entered the Union: September 9, 1850 (31) Capital: Sacramento
Origin of Name: probably derived from a popular Spanish novel published in 1510 which described a fictional island paradise named California -- Las Sergas de Esplandián, by Garcia Ordóñez de Montalvo.
State Nickname: Golden State State Flower: Golden Poppy
State Motto: Eureka (I have found it) State Bird: California Valley Quail
State Song: “I Love You, California” State Tree: California Redwood
State Marine Animal: California Gray Whale State Animal: Grizzly Bear
State Marine Fish: The Garibaldi State Fish: Golden Trout
State Insect: The California dogface butterfly State Gem: Benitoite
State Fossil: The sabre-tooth cat State Rock: Serpentine
National Parks: 10 • National Forests: 18 • State Parks & Beaches: 278
Famous for: National Parks, Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood Movie Industry, mountains, beaches
Famous Californians: Dave Brubeck (musician), Julia Child (chef), Joe DiMaggio (baseball), John Fremont (explorer), Robert Frost (poet), William Randolph Hearst (publisher), Anthony Kennedy (US Supreme Court), George S. Patton (General), John Muir (naturalist), Richard Nixon (President), Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford (actors), Junipero Serra (missionary), Jack London, Upton Sinclair (authors), John Steinbeck (author), Shirley Temple (actress & ambassador)
Native Animals and Birds: Click on photos of the animals and birds on this page to find out more about them and to hear the sounds they make.
State Fair: Sacramento, California
Listen to California Sea Lion
Mission Carmel
California National Forests
California State Parks
California Historic Sites
California Attractions
Anaheim Angels (MLB-Baseball)
Oakland As (MLB)
San Diego Padres (MLB)
San Francisco Giants (MLB)
LA Dodgers (MLB)
Golden State Warriors (NBA)
LA Clippers (NBA)
LA Lakers (NBA)
Sacramento Kings (NBA)
Oakland Raiders (NFL)
San Diego Chargers (NFL)
San Francisco 49ers (NFL)
Anaheim Mighty Ducks (NHL)
LA Kings (NHL)
San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Skiing in California
Fishing in California
Hunting in California
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California Butterfly Gallery
California Bird Gallery
Torrey Pines Bird Gallery
Listen to California Quail's Song
California Homeschooling
California Resorts
California RV Parks
California Hotels
Several Native American groups inhabited California -- including the Yuma, Maidu, Pomo, Hupa and Paiute tribes.
In 1542 Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay, then continued north along the coast, making frequent trips ashore to claim land for Spain.
The first Spanish mission was established in 1769 at San Diego. California became a U.S. territory in 1847 when Mexico surrendered it to John C. Frémont.
On Jan. 24, 1848, James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, starting the California Gold Rush and bringing settlers to the state in large numbers.
Death Valley, is 282 ft below sea level, the lowest point in the nation. Mt. Whitney (14,491 ft) is the highest point in the lower 48 states.
More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state.
Dick and Mac McDonald opened the first McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
Around 200 buffalo roam on Catalina Island, descendants of a few taken there in the 1920’s for a movie and left there.
All gray whale calves are born in the warm, shallow lagoons of Baja, California.
San Francisco Bay is considered the world's largest landlocked harbor.
Every plant in Disneyland's Tomorrow-land is edible. Guests are welcome to help themselves to bananas, strawberries, tomatoes, and more.
California grows 99.5% of all dates grown in the United States,
Fresno, California is the Raisin Capital of the World. California grows over 300,000 tons of grapes each year.
California produces over 17 million gallons of wine each year.
The largest three-day rodeo in the United States is held on the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.
The California Redwood Trees are the tallest and largest living organisms in the world.
The tallest tree in the world, at 369 feet, is in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
California is the birthplace of the Frisbee, Barbie dolls, skateboards, and video arcade games.
The best view in the United States is at Mount Diablo State Park. From the top of the 3,849 foot summit more of the earth's surface can be seen than any other peak in the world, except Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Castroville, California is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. In 1947, Norma Jean, who would later be known as Marilyn Monroe, was crowned Artichoke Queen.
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.
California's Ethnic Roots: Mexican 22.2%, German 9.8%, Irish 7.7%, English 7.4%, African 5.1%, also includes 65 other ethnicities and a Native American population of 350,000 -- the most of any state.
Religion in California: 71.4% Christian (39.4% Protestant, 32% Catholic), 19% No Religion, 2% Jewish, 2% Buddhist, 3% Other Religions, 1.6% LDS, 1% Jehovah's Witness
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2024
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
December 1, 2024
Advent begins 4 weeks before Christmas and remembers the longing and waiting of God's people for the coming of the Messiah.
Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 1791
Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating the 10 amendments to the Constitution which protect individual rights by placing specific limits on government power. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
December 25th Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This joyous festival is enjoyed by Christians and nonChristians alike all over the world.