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6 Little Known Facts about California

By Joseph Low on April 16, 2014

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California, for being a relatively young state, has an extremely storied past. Its history is just as varied as its terrain, and all kinds of interesting events have taken place on this very soil where all kinds of people from tech geeks to Hollywood celebrities tread ground today. Whether you’re a Bay Area baby or a suntanned Angelino, you probably have a lot of pride as a Californian, but how well do you really know your home state? Some of the California facts below may just surprise you …

California was not always the Golden State. Back in the olden days before tons of Americans flocked west to find riches and make new lives, California used to be home to many bears and was known as the Bear State for that very reason. However, the bear population experienced drastic decreases as the state boomed. With hardly any bears around, California dropped its first moniker.

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