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California // Sacramento, CA // Western Region // Pacific Time
(The Golden State)
Mexican cession[1]: February 2, 1848
Statehood granted: September 9, 1850 // 31st state
[1] After the Mexican cession of the area in the peace treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the American-Mexican War (1846 - 1848), an US Military government was established until December 20, 1849, followed by a local civil government until statehood.
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#4279 // June 14, 2008
(self-adhesive coil definitive)
Flags of Our Nation Series
California State Flag
and coastal area
#1957 // April 14, 1982
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
State Bird & Flower of
California Quail
(Lophortyx californica californica)
and California Poppy
#1663 // February 23, 1976
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
American Bicentennial Series
California State Flag

#773 // May 29, 1935 // San Diego
#778b // May 9, 1936 // NYC
Souvenir Sheet

California Pacific International Exposition
in San Diego, CA, celebrating the
400th anniversary of Coronado's
discovery of the southwest Pacific

Francisco Vázquez de Coronado y Luján,
Spanish conquistador, (* ca. 1510, † 1554)

View of San Diego Bay, CA, and exposition area
#2704 // September 28, 1992 // San Diego, CA
450th Anniversary of the exploring journey of
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
(* ca. 1499; † 1543)

On June 27, 1542, the Portuguese explorer
set sail from New Spain (present-day Mexico)
in search of a water route between the
Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. Three months
later, he landed at present-day San Diego, CA.

Since no portrait exist of this famous conquistador,
the stamp depicts an artist's conception.

#954 // January 28, 1948
California Gold

Sutter's Mill, Coloma, CA
#997 // September 9, 1950
100th Anniversary of
California Statehood

S.S. Oregon, Gold Miner,
and Pioneers
#3316 // June 18, 1999
150th Anniversary of
California Gold Rush

Gold Miners

#1373 // July 16, 1969 // San Diego, CA
California Settlement

Carmel Mission Belfry
#1725 // September 9, 1977 // San Jose, CA
Founding of
"El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe",
First Civil Settlement in Alta California

Farm Houses

#1442 // October 29, 1971 // San Diego, CA
(ex block of four different stamps)
Historic Preservation Issue

San Francisco Cable Car

The cable car system was invented
by Andrew Smith Hallidie (* 1836, † 1900).
The first run took place on August 2, 1873,
at 4 a.m., on Clay Street in San Francisco.
Present-day the cable car still operates
on ten miles [16 km] of track.
#3438 // September 8, 2000 // Sacramento, CA
150th Anniversary of
California Statehood

Big Sur and Iceplant

The Spanish Heritage of California
Missions period: 1769 - 1833
#C116 // August 22, 1985 // San Diego, CA
Air Mail Stamp
Junipero Serra, O. F. M.
(* 1713, † 1784)
Spanish Franciscan friar and missionary,
founder of the California mission system

Portrait (design from a Spanish stamp),
Outline map of Southern California,

San Gabriel Arcángel Mission
founded on September 8, 1771
[Official name:
"La Misión del Santo Príncipe El Arcángel,
San Gabriel de Los Temblores"]
#4650 // February 28, 2012 // Carmel, CA
Express Mail® Stamp
Carmel Mission

"San Carlos Borroméo del Río Carmelo"
was founded on June 3, 1770 by Father
Junipero Serra and was the second
in what would become a chain of
twentyone Spanish missions along the
coast of California, each positioned
about one day's ride on horseback
from the next.

Father Junipero Serra is buried
at the mission church.

#3565 // April 4, 2002
(ex pane of 50 stamps, one for each state)
Greetings from California

Illustration of contemporary postcard
in the style of the 1930s/1940s

View California state quarter
View California state map
View California clock

The name California references to a mythical land described in a popular
novel of the 15th century "Las Sergas de Esplandián", written by Spanish
author Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo (* ca. 1440, † ca. 1504).
Land Area
rounded mi2 [km2]
155,959 [403.932]
ranked 3rd
(census 2010)
ranked 1st
(highest of all states)
Population Density
per mi2 [km2] of land area
239 [92]
ranked 12th
The State of California has 58 counties.
South California shares a 140-mile-long (225 km) international
border with the Mexican state of Baja California Norte.

Historic Route 66 leads 514 miles (505 km) through California
and terminates in Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, CA
at the intersection of Olympic Blvd/Lincoln Blvd.

For reasons of tourism and business, however, the western point of
America's Mother Road was officially moved on November 11, 2009
to the Santa Monica Pier, a famed landmark in Victorian-era look.
A sign was put up to officially name the pier the "End of the Trail".

The ZIP code turned 50 in 2013

Stamped Cards 

The Spanish Heritage of California
Ranchos period: 1784 - 1821
#UX104 // September 16, 1984 // Compton, CA
Stamped Postal Card
Historic Preservation Series
The California Ranchos

Juan Jose Dominguez (Spanish soldier * 1736, † 1809)
Adobe Rancho, San Pedro, original size 48,000 acres (194 km2)
(The first rancho concession from the Spanish crown)


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