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User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 940 times:

The incessant stream state-related quizzes continues. This time it's California's turn:

1) In what year did California celebrate its sesquicentennial as a state in the Union?

2) Name the 5 largest cities in California by population in descending order.

3) What city was Pete Wilson mayor of before he became the governor of California?

4) What major sporting event was scheduled to happen in San Francisco on the day of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, and what teams were competing in it?

5) The approximate figure of people who have plummeted to their deaths falling from the Golden Gate Bridge is:
a) 75
b) 100
c) 500
d) 900
e) 1200

6) What is a Sig Alert? Extra points for the exact definition.

7) What place in Los Angeles features vintage amusement park rides on a pier over the Pacific Ocean?

8) How many bridges cross the San Francisco Bay south of San Rafael? Name them.

9) Name as many cities as you can in California that have commercial air service. There are 25+.

10) Name the 5 highest points (mountains) in California, or give the names and elevations of the 3 highest points.

Have fun!
Aaron G.

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User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 925 times:

1) 2000
2)Within City Limits... LA, SD, SJ, SF, Oak
3)San Diego
4) World Series, Candlestick Park, A's vs. Giants... I was there.
5) b (a wild guess on my part)
6) something to do with traffic in Southen California
7) Santa Monica Pier
8) Four. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, San Mateo Bridge, Dumbarton Bridge. There is also an old rail bridge just south of the dumbarton.
9) Oh god.... let's see.... SFO, OAK, SJC, FAT, SMF, Redding, So. Lake Tahoe, Monterey, SBA, LAX, SNA, BUR, ONT, SAN, Bakersfield, .... that's about all I can think of...
10) Mt. Whitney is the highest and that's all I know.

Proud Californian

It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 921 times:

arg...another one?

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 916 times:

I havent looked at other answers...

1. 1999
2. Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Fresno??
3. San Diego?
4. 1989 World Series-Athletics vs. Giants (remember watching it on TV even though I was 4 yrs. old)
6. Something to do with lighthouses??
9. San Mateo Bridge, San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge (I-80)...
10. Good one with mountains Trvlr the only one I know is Mt. Whitney, 14,494 ft. but I know California has 14 "14ers"


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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 914 times:

6) A sig alert is where they a freeway in one direction.

User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 906 times:

i will now attempt this great challange and i take the oath that i did not look at any other posts!

#2-City limits=LA,SD,SJ,SFO,OAK
#3-San Diego
#4-Candlestick park, World series Giants vs. A's
#6-Earthquake alert?
#7-Santa Monica Pier
#8-4 bridges according to me and they are the Golden Gate, SFO-OAK bridge, San Mateo bridge, Dumbarton bridge.
#9-OAK,SJ,SFO,LAX,SD,Fresno,Monterrey, Bakersfield, Ontario, San Bernardino, Long Beach, Palm Springs, Redding, Merced, Eureka, Santa barbara, Riverside, Oceanside, San Luis Obispo, Santa Ana, Oxnard, Pomona, Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, El Centro, Twentynine Palms, Crescent City, Half Moon Bay?
#10-Mt. Whitney 14,495 , Williamson 14,375 ,White Mt. Peak 14,246 , North Palisade 14,242 ,Sill 14,153 ,Russell 14,088 i think thats all.

User currently offlineOH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 901 times:

1) 1999
2) um... LA, SD, SJ, SF, Oakland...
3) San Diego
4) Scheduled to happen? More like underway! The "Battle of the Bay" World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A's.
5) e
6) A sig alert is issued by the California Highway Patrol when a major accident closes the highway down so they can get it taken care of. Usually a Lifeline helicopter will come in because of injuries.
7) Santa Monica Pier
8) There's one that leaves right from San Rafael... if you're counting it they are:
Richmond - San Rafael Bridge (Hwy. 580)
Golden Gate Bridge (Hwys 1 & 101)
San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge (Hwy. 80)
Dumbarton Bridge
San Mateo Bridge
9) SFO, OAK, SJC, LAX, BUR, SNA, Long Beach, SAN, FAT, Monterrey, Bakersfield, San Bernadino, Redding, Merced, Santa Rosa (STS), Eureka, Arcata, Modesto, Stockton, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Twentynine Palms, Cresent City, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo
10) Mt. Whitney (been on top of this one!) 14,494 ft, Mt. Williamson 14,375, White Mt. Peak 14,246


Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 895 times:

1) Sesquicentennial of the entrance to the union would be sometime in September of 2000. But, the celebration has be on-going since 1998, when Mexico ceded California to the US, and nine days later, gold was found at Sutter's Mill.

2) From memory, LA (around 3.4 million), San Diego (1.3m) San Jose (875k), San Fran (735k), j Oakland (420k).

3) San Diego (where else?  Big grin )

4) Candlestick Park (A's vs. Giants)

5) Well, it's plenty, so I'm guessing d or e

6) the sig alert is issued by the CHP when there is a serious problem on a state highway. This is not as common in No Cal as it is in So Cal (gridlock city).

7) Santa Monica Pier

8) Richmond-San Rafael (cantilever sections on both ends)
Transbay Bridge (this is really two double-deck bridges connected by a tunnel through Yuerba Buena Island). There is one double-span suspension section, and then a cantilever and truss section on the Oakland side.

The San Mateo bridge connects to Hayward and it's a really boring low bridge with two higher continuous box and plate girder sections on both ends to allow ships to pass.

The DUMBarton bridge and adjacent railway bridge (portions of it are left swinged out for vessles to pass) comprise the rest.

9) This question is a waste of my time  Big grin I'll go back and look and see if I can find any that haven't been named.

10) Well, to be truthful, I know Mt. Whitney is 14,494 (highest in lower 48) and Mt. Shasta is something like 14,162. There are a bunch of other peaks in the Sierra that get that high. If I consult my World Almanac, it says Mt. Williamson, White Mt. Peak, and North Palisade Peak are between the two I already mentioned.

User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (15 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 884 times:

BTW, the correct answer for number 8 is THREE, if you exclude the defunct Railway bridge south of the Dumbarton, and count the SF-Oakland Transbay bridge as a single bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge DOES NOT cross San Francisco Bay. It crosses the Golden Gate Strait, which is the connection between the Pacific and the SF Bay.

The San Rafael bridge is actually crossing San Pablo Bay, which is the part of the SF Bay north of the GG Strait.

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