Huge Bear

An important California symbol

Bears have always been an important symbol in California. One of the most noticeable legacies of the original California Republic was the adoption by the State of California in 1911 of the 1846 Bear Flag. It served as the basis of the official state flag of California, as the modern flag also has a star, a grizzly bear, a colored stripe and the words "California Republic" near the bottom.

Early California History
Historic California Bear Flag as photographed in 1890. This flag, raised at Sonoma on June 14, 1846, was in the possession of the Society of California Pioneers at the time of the 1906 Great Earthquake and Fire, and burned during the conflagration.

An important California symbol