Often called the 'Bear Flag',
California's state flag features a grizzly bear walking upon
plat above the words 'California Republic' over a wide
red strip running the length of the bottom border. A red
star graces the upper left corner, and all of these images
are set on a field of white.
ENTERED UNION: Sept. 9, 1850
FLAG ADOPTED: 1911
COMMENTS: The five-pointed star on the flag was
included in the design to make reference to Texas, the
Lone Star State, as both California and Texas were
originally states of Mexico and fought for independence
The original version of the flag,
flown by the pioneers after the
Bear Flag Revolt in Sonoma, just north of San Francisco,
was designed by William Todd (cousin or nephew to Mary Todd
Lincoln, wife of the future President, Abraham Lincoln).
Unfortunately the original Bear Flag was lost during the San
Francisco earthquake of 1906. The new and improved
flag utilized all of the original images and words, as
borrowed from the Bear Flag Revolt. In 2001, the
Vexillological Association surveyed its members on the
designs of the 72 U.S. state, U.S. territorial, and Canadian
provincial flags and ranked the flag of California 13th.
State Flag, California
- More Native Americans live in
California than in any other U.S. state.
- California grows more than half
the nation's fruits, nuts, and vegetables; in addition,
it produces more milk than the state of Wisconsin.
- Lake Tahoe has enough water to
flood California to a depth of 14 inches.
- California has the highest and
the lowest points in the lower 48 states: Mount Whitney
at 14,494 feet, and Death Valley at 282 feet below sea
- The world's largest solar power
plant is located near San Luis Obispo. Known as The
Topaz project, or Topaz Solar Farm, it is now in full
operation with a capacity of 550 MW capacity (2015
- California contains the
tallest, biggest, and oldest trees in the world: a
368-foot-tall coast redwood, a giant sequoia measuring
275 feet high by 103 feet around, and a 4,700 year-old