Some cool facts about our glorious Golden State!
In 1818, French Argentine corsair Hippolyte de Bouchard raided our coast and earned himself the title of our only pirate! (Pirata Buchar). Among his misdeeds, he raised the Argentine flag in Monterey in November and plundered the San Juan Capistrano Mission, about 375 miles south, on December 16, 1818.
The Point Arena smokestack lighthouse opened in 1870 and stands 115 feet high. It’s about 129 miles north of San Francisco. (Tanya has climbed to the top and lives to tell the tale.)
Speaking of the San Juan Capistrano and Argentina, the mission was founded on All Saints Day (November 1) in 1776 by the Franciscan order. Ever since, faithful little birds, the cliff swallows, return to the area every year on March 19, St. Joseph’s Day, after wintering in Argentina.
Air Force One, the Boeing 707 SAM 27000 that served each president from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, was dismantled after its last slight on August 29, 2001, and now can be visited and even walked through at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley!
California produces 17 million gallons of wine each year and produces more than 300,000 tons of grapes annually. (yum!)
Since it opened in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge has seen more than 1,200 people plunge 220 feet to their deaths in San Francisco Bay.
California is the home of many cool inventions including blue jeans, the boysenberry, the pill, white zinfandel wine, the square tomato, natural soda, the computer “mouse,” the wetsuit, theme parks and Chinese cookies.
One out of every eight Americans is from California
California is one of only five states that does not have an official residence for the governor.
California has more than 10,000 earthquakes a year. Fortunately, most are too small to be felt.
If you have turkey for Christmas or Thanksgiving chances are it came from California, which raises more turkeys than any other state.
California is home to “the happiest place on earth.”A commercial artist-cartoonist, Walter Elias “Walt” Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Walt Disney followed his dream and created a family friendly theme park and the dream became reality in 1955 after years of planning and construction, Walt Disney opened his theme amusement park, calling it Disneyland. During 2010, over 15.8 million guests visited Disneyland, dubbed “the happiest place on Earth”.
California is also home to two American League (AL), and three National League (NL) baseball franchises. Northern California is represented by the San Francisco Giants (NL) and the Oakland Athletics (AL), who play home games at “AT&T Park” and the “Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum”, respectively. Southern California is represented by the Los Angeles Dodgers (NL), and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (AL), playing their home games at “Dodger Stadium” and “Angel Stadium of Anaheim”, respectively. In the southernmost portion of the state, the San Diego Padres (NL) play in “Petco Park”.
Faced with rapid growth due to the Gold Rush, California got a boost when the United States Congress allowed it to jump straight to full statehood without going through the formal territory process most other states went through. Congress accepted California as a free-labor state under the Compromise of 1850 on September 9, 1850.
Built in 1852, the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland is the oldest saloon in California.
The tallest tree in the world, at 369 feet, is in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the largest vertical cable rise in the United States and the second largest in the world.
San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
Thank you for joining us on our cyber-tour today!