History Along America’s Highways
Nicknamed the "Golden
State," California is the third largest state in area after
Alaska and Texas. The discovery of gold and the immigration in 1849
of thousands of "forty-niners" in search of the precious
metal helped California's admission into the Union in 1850.
Today, California, land of the
giant redwoods, has the highest population of any state in the
nation and is America's principal agricultural state. It is also the
home of Hollywood, the center of America's movie and television
Its capital is Sacramento and the
state flower is the golden poppy.
Route 66 - California