List of California state symbols

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Location of the state of California in the United States of America

Most of the officially designated symbols of the U.S. state of California are found in sections 420-429.8 of the California Government Code. [1]

State symbols

Type Symbol Year Image
Amphibian California red-legged frog
Rana draytonii
2014 [2] Rana draytonii
Animal California grizzly bear
Ursus arctos californicus
1958 California grizzly bear
Bird California quail
Callipepla californica
1931 California quail
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.
1951 blue and gold
Dance West Coast Swing
Dinosaur Augustynolophus
2017 Augustynolophus
Fabric Denim 2016 [3] Denim
Fife and Drum Band California Consolidated Drum Band
Freshwater Fish Golden trout
Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita
1947 Golden Trout
Flower California poppy
Eschscholzia californica
1903 California Poppy
Folk Dance Square dance
1988 Square Dance
Fossil Saber-toothed cat
Smilodon californicus
1973 Smilodon
Fruit Avocado
Persea americana
2013 [4] Avocado
Gemstone Benitoite
1985 Benitoite
Gold Rush Ghost Town Bodie
2002 Bodie California
Grain Rice 2013 [4] Rice
Grass Purple needlegrass
Stipa pulchra (formerly Nassella pulchra)
2004 Purple Needlegrass
Historical Society California Historical Society
1979 California Historical Society
Insects California dogface butterfly
Colias eurydice
1972 California Dogface Butterfly
Marine Fish Garibaldi
Hypsypops rubicundus
2002 Garibaldi
Lichen Lace lichen
Ramalina menziesii
2015 Lace lichen
Marine Mammal Gray whale
Eschrichtius robustus
1975 Grey Whale
Marine Reptile Leatherback sea turtle
Dermochelys coriacea
2012 Leatherback Sea Turtle
Military Museum California State Military Museum
2004 Military Museum minecraft
Mineral Gold
1965 Gold
Nuts Almond, Walnut, Pistachio, and Pecan
2017 [5] Almond
Outdoor Play The Ramona Pageant
1993 [6] The Ramona Pageant
Prehistoric Artifact Chipped Stone Bear
1991 [7]
Reptile Desert tortoise
Gopherus agassizi
1972 Desert Tortoise
Rock Serpentine
1965 Serpentine
Silver Rush Ghost Town Calico
2005 Calico California
Soil San Joaquin
1997 San Joaquin Soil
Sport Surfing
2018 Surfing
Tall ship Californian
2003 Californian
Tartan California state tartan
2001 California State Tartan
Theater Pasadena Playhouse
1937 Pasadena Playhouse
Tree Coast redwood & giant sequoia
Sequoiadendron giganteum & Sequoia sempervirens
1937 Coast Redwood
Vegetable Artichoke
Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus
2013 [4] Artichoke
Vietnam Veterans Memorial California Vietnam Veterans Memorial [8] [9] [10] 2014

See also


  1. ^ California Government Code, §§ 420-429.8
  2. ^ "Gov. Brown signs bills legalizing Bitcoins use, other legislation". Los Angeles Times. June 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Stuff jeans are made of honored by California Legislature". Sacramento Bee. September 1, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "California State Foods Named By Gavin Newsom". Huffington Post. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "State Symbols". State History. California Stale Library. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  6. ^ "California Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 5". 1993.
  7. ^ "California State Prehistoric Artifact: Chipped Stone Bear".
  8. ^ "Vietnam War Memorial". California State Capitol Museum. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  9. ^ "The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial". Vietnam Veteran.
  10. ^ "2009 California Military and Veterans Code - Section 1300-1307 :: :: Chapter 4. :: Vietnam Veterans Memorial". Justia Law. Retrieved 28 April 2022.

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