California - The Golden State

Regional tartans have been designed to celebrate "The Golden State" as well as honouring links to Scotland.

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Gold Country

Jan 24
the Discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, 1848

This tartan represents the colours and textures of the Gold Country area of California, USA. The Sierra Foothills is one of the most beautiful places in the country and is famous for the largest gold mines to be discovered. This tartan represents the importance of the Gold Rush era to the area.

California Poppies

Apr 6
California Poppy Day

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan represents the bright splash of orange poppies against an azure sky.

John Muir

Apr 21
John Muir Birthday

Created for the 150th anniversary of the arrival of John Muir in the United States. He founded the first American National Parks and was seen as one of the worlds first environmentalists ('the first citizen of the universe'). The tartan has been accepted by his present family in California.

Mexicana

May 5
Cinco de Mayo

With colours representing the flag of Mexico, this tartan was designed for the people of Mexico, of Mexican descent, or those associating with Mexico worldwide.

San Francisco

May 27
Golden Gate Bridge Day

Commissioned by Riannon Walsh for the World Whisky Expo in San Francisco and designed in the colours of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team for citizens of San Francisco and those associated with San Francisco.

California Department of Forestry

Jul 31
World Ranger Day

Designed for Leonard 'Shep' Shepherd, Ceres (Stanislaus County), California, a Battalion Chief of the California Department of Forestry, this tartan is imbued with the rich colors of California's forests.

California

Sep 9
California Day

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.

Gold Country

Jan 24
the Discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, 1848

The California poppy became the official state flower of California in 1903. California poppy leaves were used medicinally by Native Americans and the pollen was used cosmetically, while the seeds continue to be used in cooking. Tolerant of poor soil, it is often seen along the edges of roads and highways.

California Poppies

Apr 6
California Poppy Day

The California Poppy became the state flower in 1903.

Half Dome at Sunset

Apr 21
John Muir Birthday

The environmentalist John Muir was born in Dunbar in 1838. His father was a religious zealot and before Muir emigrated to America he could recite the bible from memory. Known as the "Father of United States Conservation" his writings led to the creation of the Sequoia and Yosemite national parks and the national park movement in general. There are said to be more places named after John Muir in California than for any other person.

Mexican Dance (Jarabe Tapatío)

May 5
Cinco de Mayo

With origins in the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, Cinco de Mayo is now an annual celebration of Mexican culture and heritage held primarily in the United States.

The Golden Gate Bridge

May 27
Golden Gate Bridge Day

San Francisco (Spanish for "Saint Francis") was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for St. Francis of Assisi a few miles away. The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time.

Giant Sequoias

Jul 31
World Ranger Day

Giant sequoias are the world's largest single trees, the largest living things by volume, and are among the oldest living things on earth. The oldest known giant sequoia, based on ring count, is 3,500 years old.

California State Flag

Sep 9
California Day

The Bear Flag is the official flag of the State of California. The precursor of the flag was first flown during the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt and was also known as the Bear Flag.The term "California Republic" appeared on the flag the insurgents raised in Sonoma. It indicated their aspiration of forming a republican government for California. The flag featured an image of a grizzly bear and became known as the Bear Flag.