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"The Golden State"
"The Golden State" has
long been a popular designation for California and was made the
official State Nickname in 1968.
It is particularly appropriate since California's modern development
can be traced back to the discovery of gold in 1848 and fields of
golden poppies can be seen each spring throughout the state. The
Golden State Museum is also the name of a new museum slated to open
in late 1998 at the California State Archives in Sacramento. The
museum's exhibits will bring to life the momentous events of California's
history through a series of innovative, interpretive exhibits.