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A Traveler's Guide To Historic California


Test your California I.Q. with this sampling from 56 trivia questions:



Q.    Name the flags that have flown over California.
A.    Spain, England, Russia, Argentina, Empire of Mexico, Republic of Mexico, Californians, The Frémont Flag, California Republic and the United States of America.

Q.    Where is the western-most point in the continental U.S.?
A.    Cape Mendocino, Humboldt County.

Q.    In which county are both the lowest spot on this continent and the highest peak in the continental U.S.?
A.    Inyo County.  Badwater in Death Valley, 282 feet below sea level, and Mount Whitney, 14,495 feet.

Q.    Name four California rivers that flow north.
A.    Carmel, Eel, San Joaquin and Truckee rivers.

Q.    The world's smallest mountain range is in California.  Name it.
A.    Sutter Buttes, Sutter County.

Q.    What national park in California contains the world's largest trees, the nation's deepest canyon, and the highest peak in the continental U.S.?
A.    Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park.

Q.    What and where in California are the world's oldest living things?
A.    The 4,600-year old Bristlecone pine trees in the White Mountains of Inyo County.

Q.    Which California river and its branches has produced more gold since 1848 than any other river in the continental U.S.?
A.    Yuba River.

Q.    What is "Hangtown Fry"?
A.    Scrambled eggs and oysters.  Created in Placerville, El Dorado County, for a gold prospector who struck it rich and ordered the most expensive items on the menu.

Q.    Who are the Clampers?
A.    Members of E Clampus Vitus, a national fraternity, with California chapters formed in 1851, to aid widows, orphans, the sick and the poor.

 

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