California State Nickname

California Nickname

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.