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Built in 1852, the Iron Door Saloon in Groveland is the oldest saloon in California.

Around 200 buffalo roam on Catalina Island, descendants of a few taken there in the 1920s for a movie and left there.

In Arcadia, peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.

All gray whale calves are born in the warm, shallow lagoons of Baja, California.

Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk in Carmel.


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.



Iron Door Saloon

Iron Door Saloon in Groveland, California, courtesy

Iron Door website.




Every plant in Tomorrowland at Disneyland is edible. Guests are welcome to help themselves to bananas, strawberries, tomatoes, and more.

More avocados are grown in Fallbrook than any place else in the U.S., hence its nickname the Avocado Capital of the World.

You cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time in Los Angeles.

Approximately 8% of Californians are vegetarians.

In Alhambra, California it is illegal to leave your car on the street overnight without the proper permit. 

It is prohibited to sleep in a parked vehicle while in Cathedral City.

The City of Los Angeles, spread over 467 square miles, is hub to a five-county metropolis of 34,149 square miles.

Drinking intoxicating cement is prohibited in Indian Wells.

Everyone knows Los Angeles is the entertainment capital, but it is also a fine arts Mecca that boasts over 300 museums.

In Cathedral City, it is against the law to ride a bicycle through the "Fountain of Life".

The Coachella Valley is known as the Date Capital of the world. California grows 99.5% of all dates grown in the United States, and Arizona produces the rest.

In Carmel, it is against the law for women to wear high heel shoes


Frederick's of Hollywood

Frederick's of Hollywood, courtesy Seeing Stars


California produces over 17 million gallons of wine each year.


Fresno, California is the Raisin Capital of the World.


Frederick's of Hollywood was started by Frederick Mellinger, inventor of the push-up bra, in 1946. The flagship shop for the well known lingerie retailer, located on Hollywood Boulevard has become a local landmark.  In addition to a never ending selection of bras and panties, the location also houses The Lingerie Museum which features the Celebrity Lingerie Hall of Fame, exhibit a collection of undergarments worn by Hollywood stars.


If you detonating a nuclear device within the city limits of Chico you will receive a  $500 fine.

The Palm Springs American Legion Post dining room permanently maintains a table for one. It is set for dinner and no one is allowed to use the table. It is being maintains for a Missing in Action or Prisoner of War serviceman or woman when he or she returns home.


California's Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental U.S. at 14,495 feet.


It is illegal to pile horse manure more than six feet high on a San Francisco street corner. 

In Santa Monica, it is against the law to play percussion instruments on the beach. 


Mt Whitney, California

It is illegal to own a green or smelly animal hide in Chico.

The largest three-day rodeo in the United States is held on the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.

Crushing rocks within the Indian Wells city limits is forbidden.

Since it opened in 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, more than 1,200 people have plunged 220 feet to their deaths.

Persons classified as "ugly" may not walk down any street in San Francisco. 


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The  Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge, Jon Sullivan, March, 2005


Also See:


Quirky California

Ghosts of Alcatraz

Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

No Old Woman -- Just a Very Large Shoe

Tasty and Fanciful Pez Museum


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