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Despite the fact that few people can visit and explore every state in the US, every one of them has something unique and interesting in its past or present. Here’s one for each state.
The first rocket to bring a man to the moon was built by Alabaman workers.
Alaska is the only state in the union that doesn’t have plants which are poisonous to the touch, like poison ivy or poison oak.
Arizona has an official state neckwear: the bolo tie.
Wal-mart was originally founded in Arkansas.
LA was the home of the first movie theater in 1902.
One of the highest states, Colorado contains 75% of the land in the US with an altitude over 10,000 feet.
Connecticut is one of only two states that didn’t ratify the 18th Amendment (Prohibition). The other was Rhode Island.
Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution.
The oldest settlement in North America is located in Florida: Saint Augustine.
Georgia boasts the world’s largest infantry training site in Fort Benning.
Hawaii has the highest life expectancy of any state in the US.
The largest man-made geyser is in Soda Springs, Idaho.
Illinois is home to many firsts and largests, but one unexpected honor it holds is being the home to McDonald’s.
Indianapolis was not the original capitol of Indiana. Corydon held that honor from 1816-1825.
Clarion is the county seat of Wright County and happens to be the only county seat in the exact center of a county.
Kansas contains the absolute geographical center of the contiguous 48 states.
It was a pair of Louisville sisters who wrote “Happy Birthday To You”.
Louisiana is the only state that has parishes rather than counties.
Maine only has a border with one other state.
The children’s book Misty of Chincoteague is set on the Maryland island of Assateague and features the distinctive ponies that live there.
Springfield was the site of the first basketball game.
Michigan has an amazing amount of freshwater, including the longest freshwater shoreline in the world, more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of stream
Minneapolis boasts the largest continuous skyway in the world, with 8 miles of connections that don’t require walking outdoors at all.
Mississippi is the home of the oldest game in America, stickball. It was originally played by the Choctaw Indians and can still be seen in Philadelphia at the Choctaw Indian Fair.
The first parachute jump from an airplane was made at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis on March 1, 1912.
Montana is a haven for wildlife, including the largest elk herd in the US and the largest breeding population of trumpeter swans in the US.
Chimney Rock, located in Nebraska, was mentioned in journals of Oregon Trail travelers more than any other landmark.
The Kangaroo Rat lives in Death Valley and can go its whole life without drinking any liquid.
29. New Hampshire
The first potato planted in the US was planted in New Hampshire.
30. New Jersey
The game Monopoly took its street names from Atlantic City in New Jersey.
31. New Mexico
Similar to New Zealand, New Mexico has more sheep and cattle than people.
32. New York
Although the city is known as a concrete jungle, New York State has 58 species of wild orchids.
33. North Carolina
Babe Ruth’s first home run happened in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1914.
34. North Dakota
In Casselton, North Dakota a man by the name of Max Taubert decided to build a 50 foot high oil can pyramid. Despite the fact that no one knows why, it is the biggest oil can structure in the world.
Ohio led the way in women’s rights: it was the first state to pass laws protecting working women in 1852.
Thanks to its annual pecan festival, Okmulgee, Oklahoma holds the world records for largest pecan pie, pecan cookie, pecan brownie and ice cream and cookie party.
Oregon contains the most photographed lighthouse in the country, Heceta Head Lighthouse.
Pennsylvania is the birthplace of the American flag thanks to Betsy Ross.
39. Rhode Island
Rhode Island is not actually named Rhode Island. The official name is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
40. South Carolina
The state dance is the shag.
41. South Dakota
South Dakota contains the Black Hills, which were named Paha Sapa in Lakota (hills that are black) thanks to the dense pine trees that cover them giving them the appearance of darkness.
There is a replica of the Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park.
Texas was an independent country from 1836 to 1845.
Utah is a hotbed of outdoors entertainment, boasting six national forests, two national recreation areas, seven national monuments, and five national parks.
Vermont didn’t get a Wal-Mart until 1996, the last state to do so.
There are seven presidents buried in Virginia: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taft and Kennedy
Spokane, Washington hosted a World’s Fair in 1974, the smallest host city ever.
48. West Virginia
With a median age of 40, West Virginia has the oldest population of any state.
Every Labor Day weekend, the city of Prairie du Sac holds the State Cow Chip Throwing Contest.
The first national park in the US is Yellowstone.