102 Interesting Facts About California That You Should Know

Last updated on September 25th, 2021

About the flag of California

1. The official flag of the U.S. state of California is known as the Bear Flag. It was first flown during the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt. The short lived revolt, from June to July 1846, was organized by a small group of American settlers in California who rebelled against the Mexican government and proclaimed California as an independent republic.[58]

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State flag of California. Photo via ShutterStock.

2. The Bear Flag was designed by William Todd (nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln).[55]

3. The length of the flag is equal to one and half the width. The upper five-sixth of the flag is a white field while the lower sixth of the flag is a red strip.[58]

4. There is a red star in the upper left corner and a grizzly bear facing left on a grass plat.[58]

5. The flag features the bear as a symbol of “strength and unyielding resistance” and the star as an imitation of the lone star of Texas.[55]

6. The Bear Flag was adopted in 1911; and until 1953, the image of the bear varied depending on the manufacturer. The image of the bear was standardized in 1953. Grizzly bears weigh between 300 and 800 pounds with some as large as 1400 or even 1700 pounds. The grizzly bear on the California state flag was modeled after one captured by William Randolph Hearst. The California grizzly bear is now extinct.[56,57,59]

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