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California's Emblems and Symbols

State Animal: California Grizzly
State Bird: California Quail
State Color: Blue & Gold
State Dance: West Coast Swing
State Fife and Drum Band: California Consolidated Drum Band
State Fish: Golden Trout
State Flag: see California State Flag
State Flower: Poppy
State Folk Dance: Square Dance
State Fossil: Saber-tooted cat
State Gemstone: Benitoite
State Gold Rush Ghost Town: Bodie
State Grass: Purple needlegrass
State Historical Society: California Historical Society
State Insect: California dogface butterfly
State Marine Fish: Garibaldi
State Marine Mammal: California gray whale
State Military Museum: California State Military Museum
State Mineral: Gold
State Motto: Eureka
State Nickname: The Golden State
State Poet Laureate: see California Poet Laureate
State Prehistoric Artifact: Chipped stone bear
State Quarter: depicts naturalist and conservationist John Muir admiring Yosemite Valley's monolithic Half Dome while a California condor soars overhead.
State Reptile: Desert tortoise
State Rock: Serpentine
State Seal: see California's Great Seal
State Silver Rush Ghost Town: Calico
State Soil: San Joaquin Soil
State Song: "I Love You, California"
State Tall Ship: Californian
State Tartan: based on the Muir Clan tartan to honor the great naturalist John Muir.
State Theater: Pasadena Playhouse
State Tree: California Redwood

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Last updated by harbisons on March 28, 2008


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