In 1850, California law made it legal for towns to pay bounties for Indian scalps. Shasta City offered $5 for every Indian head brought to city hall, expenses reimbursed by the state treasury. There were 150,000 Indians in California before the 49ers, by 1870 less than 30,000.
On the California side of the US-Mexico border, there’s a town called Calexico, and on the opposite side there’s a town called Mexicali.
California uses inmates to fight forest fires. Prisoners take the jobs because it reduces their sentence, gets them outside, and pays better than typical prison jobs.
California’s official state animal is extinct.
California is spending more on prisoners than colleges.
Due to California banning civilian ownership of .50 BMG rifles, Barret will not sell or service to any of California’s law enforcement agencies.due to California banning civilian ownership of .50 BMG rifles, Barret will not sell or service to any of California’s law enforcement agencies.
It costs $44,563 to incarcerate a prisoner for a year in California—nearly the same price as a year at Harvard University with room and board.
A herd of bison were shipped to an island off California 90 years ago for a movie shoot and left there. The herd is still thriving, so much so they have been put on birth control.