Fifty States and Fifty Fun Facts

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
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Alabama George Washington Carver, who discovered more than 300 uses for peanuts
Alaska The longest coastline in the U.S., 6,640 miles, greater than that of all other states combined
Arizona The most telescopes in the world, in Tucson
Arkansas The only active diamond mine in the U.S.
California “General Sherman,” a 3,500-year-old tree, and a stand of bristlecone pines 4,000 years old are the world's oldest living things
Colorado The world's largest silver nugget (1,840 pounds) found in 1894 near Aspen
Connecticut The first American cookbook, published in Hartford in 1796: American Cookery by Amelia Simmons
Delaware The first log cabins in North America, built in 1683 by Swedish immigrants
Florida U.S. spacecraft launchings from Cape Canaveral, formerly Cape Kennedy
Georgia The Girl Scouts, founded in Savannah by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912
Hawaii The only royal palace in the U.S. (Iolani)
Idaho The longest main street in America, 33 miles, in Island Park
Illinois The tallest building in the U.S., Sears Tower, in Chicago
Indiana The famous car race: the Indy 500
Iowa The shortest and steepest railroad in the U.S., Dubuque: 60° incline, 296 feet
Kansas Helium discovered in 1905 at the University of Kansas
Kentucky The largest underground cave in the world: 300 miles long, the Mammoth-Flint Cave system
Louisiana The most crayfish: 98% of the world's crayfish
Maine The most easterly point in the U.S., West Quoddy Head1
Maryland The first umbrella factory in the U.S., 1928, Baltimore
Massachusetts The first World Series, 1903: the Boston “Americans” (became the Red Sox in 1908) vs. the Pittsburg Pirates (Pittsburgh had no “h” between 1890–1911)
Michigan The Cereal Bowl of America, Battle Creek, produces most cereal in the U.S.
Minnesota The oldest rock in the world, 3.8 billion years old, found in Minnesota River valley
Mississippi Coca-Cola, first bottled in 1894 in Vicksburg
Missouri Mark Twain and some of his characters, such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
Montana Grasshopper Glacier, named for the grasshoppers that can still be seen frozen in ice
Nebraska The only roller skating museum in the world, in Lincoln
Nevada Rare fish such as the Devils Hole pup, found only in Devils Hole, and other rare fish from prehistoric lakes; also the driest state
New Hampshire Artificial rain, first used near Concord in 1947 to fight a forest fire
New Jersey The world's first drive-in movie theater, built in 1933 near Camden
New Mexico “Smokey Bear,” a cub orphaned by fire in 1950, buried in Smokey Bear Historical State Park in 1976
New York The first presidential inauguration: George Washington took the oath of office in New York City on April 30, 1789.
North Carolina Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America, on Roanoake Island in 1587
North Dakota The geographic center of North America, in Pierce County, near Balta
Ohio The first electric traffic lights, invented and installed in Cleveland in 1914
Oklahoma The first parking meter, installed in Oklahoma City in 1935
Oregon The world's smallest park, totaling 452 inches, created in Portland on St. Patrick's Day for leprechauns and snail races
Pennsylvania The first magazine in America: the American Magazine, published in Philadelphia for 3 months in 1741
Rhode Island Rhode Island Red chickens, first bred in 1854; the start of poultry as a major American industry
South Carolina The first tea farm in the U.S., created in 1890 near Summerville
South Dakota The world's largest natural, indoor warmwater pool, Evans' Plunge in Hot Springs
Tennessee Graceland, the estate and gravesite of Elvis Presley
Texas NASA, in Houston, headquarters for all piloted U.S. space projects
Utah Rainbow Bridge, the largest natural stone bridge in the world, 290 feet high, 275 feet across
Vermont The largest production of maple syrup in the U.S.
Virginia The only full-length statue of George Washington, placed in capitol in 1796
Washington Lunar Rover, the vehicle used by astronauts on the moon; Boeing, in Seattle, makes aircraft and spacecraft
West Virginia Marbles; most of the country's glass marbles made around Parkersburg
Wisconsin The typewriter, invented in Milwaukee in 1867
Wyoming The “Register of the Desert,” a huge granite boulder covering 27 acres with 5,000 early pioneer names carved on it
1. Measured from the geographic center of the United States.
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