September 9 is California Admission Day in the United States.
It celebrates the time when California became the 31st state in 1850.
Grand Admissions Day
In 1849, leaders from around the future state of California drafted California’s first constitution, which was approved on November 13 that year by a vote of 12,064 to 811. In January, 1850, the State Legislature began its first two-year session. On September 9, 1850, California became the 31st entry into the Union.
On September 9, 1924, California’s “Bear Flag” flew over the White House to honor the date of California’s admission. In 1984, however, Governor George Deukmejian signed legislation changing its observance to a “personal” option. In recent times, Californian governors have made public proclamations, inviting the public to observe the day.
Basic Facts About State Capitol;
State Capital. The first capital of California as state, was San Jose from 1850-1851. The first two legislative sessions were held in San Jose which was the first incorporated city in both the state and the county of Santa Clara. In 1851 after General Vallejo’s offer of land and support for state buildings, a bill was passed to move the capital to Vallejo. When it became apparent that Vallejo wasn’t equipped to handle the needs of a state capital, the Senate and Assembly moved to Sacramento. In 1854 for the Fourth Session of the California Legislature, the capital was moved to Benicia, an ordinance depot and military post between Sacramento and San Francisco. Again, the accommodations proved inadequate, so discussion began about what to do. The City of Sacramento made a generous proposal that included free use of the Sacramento County Courthouse, fireproof vaults to house records, space for offices, and free removal of equipment and office supplies from Benicia, and a promise of a free building and site for the capital. In addition “”Other political considerations were agreed to, and an act was passed repealing all prior legislation which had to do with a state capital and naming Sacramento as the permanent seat of government. On February 25, the bill was signed by Governor Bigler, and the Legislature, bag and baggage, climbed aboard the steamer, Wilson B. Hunt for the voyage to the new capital.”
State Animal: The Grizzly Bear.
State Flower: The Golden Poppy
State Bird: The California Quail
State Colors: Blue (representing the sky) and Gold representing
the gold found by the 49ers during the Gold Rush
State nickname: The 49ers, after the Gold Rush
State Dance: The West Coast Swing
State Folk Dance: The square dance
State Freshwater Fish. The Golden Trout
State Marine Fish: The Garibaldi
State Amphibian: Red-Legged Frog
State Marine Mammal: The Gray Whale
State Marine Reptile: Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle
State Mineral: Gold
State Reptile: The Desert Tortoise
State Insect: Dogface Butterfly
State Rock: Serpentine
State Tree: Coast Redwood and Sequoia
State Gold Rush Ghost town: Bodie
State Silver Rush Ghost town: Calico