List of California state symbols

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This is a list of the officially designated symbols of the U.S. state of California. Most such designations are found in sections 420-429.8 of the California Government Code.[1]

State symbols[edit]

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
Dance West Coast Swing
1988 West Coast Swing
Fife and Drum Band California Consolidated Drum Band
1997
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
Gemstone Benitoite
1985 Benitoite
Gold Rush Ghost Town Bodie
2002 Bodie California
Grass Purple Needlegrass
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
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
Prehistoric artifact Chipped Stone Bear
1991
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
Tall ship Californian (schooner)
2003 Californian
Tartan California State Tartan
2001 California State Tartan
Theater Pasadena Playhouse
1937 Pasadena Playhouse
Tree Coast Redwood & Sequoia
Sequoiadendron giganteum & Sequoia sempervirens
1937 Coast Redwood


California state vegetable: Artichoke Fruit: Avocado Nut: Almond Grain: Rice

Source: Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2013 [3]

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