"Open up that Golden Gate,
California here I come!"
Adopted as the official California State tartan by the State Legislature on July 23rd 2001 by California Governor Gray Davis. For general use by all those living in the State. Closely based on the Muir tartan after the famous botanist and environmentalist, John Muir, who lived in California.he tartan's blue reflects the sky, the Pacific and rivers, while the green reflects the sierras, fields, forests, mountains, and parks. The red, gold, and blue signify the arts, sciences, and industry.
Home to The Red Thistle Dancers (and their namesake flower), the Scottish dance performance group which inspired this website, "The Golden State" of California was admitted to the United States on September 9th, 1850.
The California state motto is "Eureka", meaning "I have found it!" referring to the discovery of gold in California.
The Greek word Eureka is taken from the story of the famed Greek mathematician Archimedes who is said to have exclaimed "Eureka!" when he finally discovered a method for determining the purity of gold.
In the middle of the state lies the California Central Valley, bounded by the Sierra Nevada in the east, the coastal mountain ranges in the west, the Cascade Range to the north and the Tehachapi Mountains in the south. The Central Valley is California's productive agricultural heartland.
The Sierra Nevada (Spanish for "snowy range") includes the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states, Mount Whitney, at 14,505 feet (4,421 m). The range embraces Yosemite Valley, famous for its glacially carved domes, and Sequoia National Park, home to the giant sequoia trees, and the deep freshwater lake, Lake Tahoe, one of the largest alpine lakes.
As part of the Ring of Fire, California is subject to tsunamis, floods, droughts, Santa Ana winds, wildfires, landslides on steep terrain, and has several volcanoes. Earthquakes are not uncommon due to several faults running through the state, in particular the San Andreas Fault.
This tartan was designed by J. Howard Standing, Tarzana, California, and Thomas Ferguson, Sydney, British Columbia. It is closely based on the Muir tartan after the famous botanist and environmentalist, John Muir, who lived and explored in California.
For more California symbols, including the state animal, the Grizzly Bear, state flower, the California Poppy, and the state insect, the California Dogface Butterfly, click the state seal.