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California State Symbols

Each state in the United States of America is unique. The people and legislature of California have selected the following state symbols to represent their state's individual environment and culture.

The California State Seal

[Image of The California State Seal]

The 50 State Seals

The California State Flag

[Image of The California State Flag]

The State Legislature adopted the California State Flag in 1911, after a design drawn by William Todd in 1846.

The star imitates the lone star of Texas. A grizzly bear represents the many bears seen in the state. The word, "California Republic" is placed beneath the star and bear.

The 50 State Flags

Other State Symbols

  • 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
  • Fresh Water Fish: Golden Trout
  • Flower: California Poppy
  • Fossil: Saber-toothed Cat
  • Gemstone: Benitoite
  • Gold Rush Ghost Town: Bodie
  • Grass: Purple Needlegrass
  • Insect: California Dogface Butterfly
  • License plate: White with "California" in a red script across the top.
  • Mammal: California Grizzly Bear
  • Marine Mammal: Gray Whale
  • Mineral: Gold
  • Motto: Eureka
  • Nickname: Golden State
  • Poet Laureate: Carol Muske-Dukes
  • Prehistoric Artifact: Chipped Stone Bear
  • Reptile: Desert Tortoise
  • Rock: Serpentine
  • Salt Water Fish: Garibaldi
  • 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)

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