What are some interesting facts about different cities and counties in California?


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As the eighth-smallest county is California, Alpine County has no school, traffic lights, ATMs, banks or dentists. San Bernardino County, on the other hand, is the largest county, with almost three million acres. Compared to other states, Los Angeles has the fourth-largest economy in the United States, and Los Angeles and San Diego are two of the top 10 most populous cities in the country.

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Known as the artichoke capital of the world, Castroville crowned a young woman named Norma Jean as Castroville's first Artichoke Queen in 1947. She later became famous as Marilyn Monroe. Fresno holds the self-acclaimed title of Raisin Capital of the World. Growing more than 300,000 grapes in the state annually, California produces more than 17 million gallons of wine each year.

The largest living tree is 102 feet in circumference and resides at Sequoia National Park, while Inyo National Forest features the bristle cone pine, thought to be more than 4,600 years old. With temperatures frequently reaching 115 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, Death Valley is the hottest, driest place in the United States.

In the city of Pacific Grove, there is a law that prohibits the molestation of monarch butterflies. Within the continental United States, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge boasts the largest population of bald eagles in the winter.

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