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The original Bear Flag


It was 20 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. 

It was 160 years ago today, California joined the USA. 

To those in the Golden State, a happy Admission Day — every Sept. 9, the anniversary of California’s becoming the 31st state in the nation. 

Here’s a look at the events leading up to 9/9/1850, courtesy of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. 

The new state situated its first capital in San Jose.  But winter rains turned the local dirt roads to mud (apparently, even 160 years, it was hard to get things moving in California). So the decision was made to relocate to what would be known as Vallejo. But that didn’t work out, so lawmakers next moved to Benicia. However, that site was deemed unsuitable for expansion (another familiar theme: growth in government), so off they went to Sacramento in 1854. 

And in the years since . . . well, we’ve been going in and out of style. 

btw, over on the Parks & Rec site, check out that factoid about the failed attempt to establish “In God We Trust” as the state motto back in 1957. 

Wonder how we’ve avoided revisiting that issue in the last 50 years?


Written by Bill Whalen

September 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm

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