Some Facts About American States That Even Locals Don’t Know (50 pics)

Posted in INTERESTING       9 Feb 2018       4543      

ALABAMA: There's a store in Alabama that sells unclaimed baggage.

ALASKA: Alaska has more coastline than any other state.

ARIZONA: The bolo tie is the official state neckwear of Arizona.

ARKANSAS: The most valuable diamond ever discovered in the US was found in Arkansas.

CALIFORNIA: California is the only state that has hosted both the summer and winter Olympics.

COLORADO: There has never been a US president or vice president born in Colorado.

CONNECTICUT: The first phone book in the US was printed in New Haven in 1878.

DELAWARE: Chickens outnumber people 200-to-1 in Delaware.

FLORIDA: It is illegal to spread a loved one's ashes at Disney World (although many people try).

GEORGIA: There were four other state capitals before Atlanta.

HAWAII: Hawaii has the highest life expectancy out of any state, with 82.4 years of age.

IDAHO: At 7,993 feet deep, the Snake River in Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America.

ILLINOIS: The state is home to the world's largest bottle of 'catsup.'

INDIANA: Wabash, Indiana, was the first US city to use electric street lights.

IOWA: Pigs outnumber the human population in Iowa about 7-to-1.

KANSAS: Helium was discovered in Kansas.

KENTUCKY: There are more barrels of bourbon than people in Kentucky.

LOUISIANA: Milk is the official state drink of Louisiana.

MAINE: Portland, Oregon, is actually named after Portland, Maine.

MARYLAND: The first Ouija board was invented in Maryland.

MASSACHUSETTS: Both volleyball and basketball were invented in the state.

MICHIGAN: No matter where you are in the state, you'll never be more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.

MINNESOTA: Minnesota has more golfers per capita than any other state.

MISSISSIPPI: Barq's Root Beer was invented in Biloxi.

MISSOURI: The first successful parachute jump from a moving plane (what we now call skydiving) was completed in Missouri.

MONTANA: The coldest recorded temperature in the lower 48 states occurred in Montana. It was a freezing -70°F at Rogers Pass.

NEBRASKA: Kool-Aid is the official state soft drink of Nebraska.

NEVADA: Nearly half of all the wild horses in the US are in Nevada.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: The state fruit of New Hampshire is the pumpkin.

NEW JERSEY: During the Revolutionary War, more battles were fought in New Jersey than in any other colony.

NEW MEXICO: The city of Santa Fe is 7,000 feet above sea level, making it the state capital with the highest elevation in the country.

NEW YORK: New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.

NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina produces the most sweet potatoes out of all the 50 states.

NORTH DAKOTA: Rugby, North Dakota, is home to the geographical center of North America.

OHIO: Ohio has the only state flag in the US that isn't rectangular.

OKLAHOMA: There are more man-made lakes in Oklahoma than in any other state.

OREGON: Portland, Oregon, is home to more breweries than any other city in the world.

PENNSYLVANIA: The first gas station in the US opened in 1913 in Pittsburgh.

RHODE ISLAND: The first polo match held in the US was played in Rhode Island in 1886.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Georgia may be well known for its peaches, but more peaches are actually produced in South Carolina.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Up until its closure in 2002, the Homestake Mine in Lead, South Dakota, was the largest and deepest gold mine in all of North America.

TENNESSEE: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the US.

TEXAS: Dr Pepper was invented in Texas in 1885.

UTAH: Utah is the only state in the US where every county includes a part of a national forest.

VERMONT: Vermont produces an average of 1.2 million gallons of maple syrup every year.

VIRGINIA: The first college fraternity was founded in the College of William & Mary in 1776.

WASHINGTON: Washington produces six out of every 10 apples consumed in the US.

WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia's name was almost 'Kanawha.'

WISCONSIN: The QWERTY keyboard was invented in Wisconsin.

WYOMING: Wyoming was the first state in the country to have a female governor.





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