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January 7, 2014

You'll like your lottery chances in Baker's Country Store

20 facts you need to know before visiting California

1. California's Mount Whitney measures as the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Its most famous climb is Mount Whitney Trail to the 14,495 feet summit. Wilderness permits are required.

2. In 1925 a giant sequoia located in California's Kings Canyon National Park was named the nation's national Christmas tree. The tree is over 300 feet in height.

3. More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.

4. Pacific Park, on the venerable Santa Monica Pier, re-creates the amusement parks once dotting the ocean areas along the Pacific Coast. Featured are 11 amusement rides including the 1910-vintage hand-carved merry-go-round appearing in the movie "The Sting."

5. Alpine County is the eighth smallest of California's 58 counties. It has no high school, ATMs, dentists, banks, or traffic lights.

6. Fallbrook is known as the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More avocados are grown in the region than any other county in the nation.

7. In the late 1850s, Kennedy Mine, located in Jackson, served as one of the richest gold mines in the world and the deepest mine in North America.

8. An animal called the riparian brush rabbit calls Caswell Memorial State Park (near Manteca) its home. Endemic only to the state's park system, the critter lives in approximately 255 acres stretching along the area's once-vast hardwood forest.

9. In Pacific Grove there is a law on the books establishing a $500 fine for molesting butterflies.

10. The largest three-day rodeo in the United States is held on the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff.

11. Demonstrations on making toothpaste from orange by-products were popular attractions at the Los Angeles County fair in 1922. The fair is held in Pomona.

12. Located in Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is the largest museum of its kind in North America.

13. Several celebrities are buried at Hillside Cemetery in Culver City. Included gravesites are those of Al Jolson, George Jessel, Eddie Canter, Jack Benny, and Percy Faith.

14. California Caverns claims the distinction of being the most extensive system of caverns and passageways in the Mother Lode region of the state.

15. Totaling nearly 3 million acres, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country.

16. On Catalina Island in 1926, American author Zane Grey built a pueblo-style home on the hillside overlooking Avalon Bay. He spent much of his later life in Avalon. The home is now a hotel.

17. Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge contains the largest winter population of bald eagles in the continental United States.

18. Author Richard Dana (1851-1882) wrote the novel "Two Years Before the Mast." He inspired the name for the beach community of Dana Point.

19. In Atwater the Castle Air Museum has the largest display of military aircraft in the state.

20. The Country Store in Baker has sold more winning California State Lottery tickets than any outlet in the state.

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