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A Salute to California
California once set the scene of romantic Spanish haciendas, wealthy landowners, vibrant music,
and gala fiestas, while the picturesque missions in the background educated and converted the
As time progressed California became feverish with excitement because of the discovery of
gold. People flocked to this land by way of ships or rumbling covered wagons. The population
By 1850 California was admitted to the Union. Four years later, the state capitol was es-
tablished in Sacramento, where it is today.
Gold started it. Now California is the "Golden State" with the Golden Poppy as the state
flower. The state bird, the California Valley Quail, was recognized in 1934. It wasn't until
1953 that the Grizzly Bear was named as the official state animal. It appears on our flag.
Today California has pioneers exploring outer space. Vandenberg Air Force Base and the
Navy's Point Mugu have brought attention to our glorious state.
The two busy metropolises of Los Angeles and San Francisco, once small Spanish towns, are
now major cities in the United States. Now California leads in population. It became the
nation's most populous state late in 1962. The climate, job opportunities, and the complete
variety of landscapes cause people to migrate in unbelievable numbers to this state.
California offers a wide selection of vacation spots. The outdoorsman is delighted with
beaches, deserts, forests, green valleys, and mountains. The scenery is magnificent, from the
breath-taking white-capped peaks of the Sierras to the radiant colors of Death Valley.
There are many means for amusement. We have some of the country's best professional and
college athletic teams, fast making Southern California the "Sport Capitol" of the world.
Disneyland is a great fun-filled attraction, catering to people from everywhere Cincluding the
USSRJ. Knottls Berry Farm, Marineland, China Town, Hollywood, and the world's largest zoo
are forever visited by tourists and natives alike.
We are proud to live in this versatile state, the keeper of the oldest trees and the youngest
screen stars. We are honored to salute YOU, CALIFORNIA!
Journey with us now, as we retrace the past year at Canoga and at the same time glimpse some
of the many popular places in California ........
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