California - School-Age
31st State (September 9, 1850), the west coast U.S.
State Abbreviation: CA
Origin of name: Named by the Spanish after Califia, for the mythical earthly paradise in a book called Las Sergas de Esplanidian, written by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo in 1510.
Motto: Eureka (I Have Found It)
Nickname: The Golden State
Things to Know
United States Senators from California.
A desert located in the southwestern United States. It is situated within the Mojave Desert and features the lowest, driest, and hottest locations in North America. Badwater, a basin located within Death Valley has thelowest elevation in North America at 282 ft (85.5 m ) below sea level.
The highest point in the continental United States (which doesn't include Alaska and Hawaii) is also in California - Mt. Whitney, which is 14,496 feet (4418.38 m) above sea level.
Richard M. Nixon, 37th President of the U.S.
Printable fact sheet on President Richard M. Nixon provides you with photos and personal information.
Build Your Own Seismograph
Learn about and build your own seismograh.
The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake And Fire
Historical information about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake from the Museum of the City of San Francisco.
The 1906 Earthquake and Fire - The National Archives
San Francisco earthquake, 100 years later, a geoloic tour - American Geological Institute