U.S. States and What They are Famous For

ALABAMA Was the first state to have 9-1-1, started 1968.
ALASKA One out of every 64 people has a pilot's license.
ARIZONA Is the only state in the continental U.S. That does not follow Daylight Savings Time.
ARKANSAS Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.
CALIFORNIA Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world.
COLORADO In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics.
CONNECTICUT The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University
DELAWARE Has more scientists and engineers than any other state.
FLORIDA At 874.3 square miles, Jacksonville is the largest City in the U.S.
GEORGIA It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola….interesting!
HAWAII Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than Residents of any other state.
IDAHO TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.
ILLINOIS Has a Governor in jail, one pending jail, and is the MOST corrupt state in the union!
INDIANA Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which gets a half million letters for Santa every year.
IOWA Winnebago R.V.s get their name from Winnebago County. Also, it is the only state name that begins with 2 vowels.
KANSAS Liberal, Kansas has an exact replica of the house in "The Wizard of Oz".
KENTUCKY Has more than $6 billion in gold underneath Fort Knox.
LOUISIANA Has parishes instead of counties because they were originally Spanish church units.
MAINE It is so large that it covers as many square miles as the other fiveNew England States combined.
MARYLAND The Ouija board was created in Baltimore in 1892.......Bet you didn't know that!
MASSACHUSETTS The Fig Newton is named after Newton, Massachusetts.
MICHIGAN Fremont, home to Gerber, is the baby food capital of the world.
MINNESOTA Bloomington's Mall of America is so big, that if you spent 10 minutes in each store, you'd be there almost four days.
MISSISSIPPI President Teddy Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear here...that's how the teddy bear got its name.
MISSOURI Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.
MONTANA A sapphire from Montana is in the Crown Jewels of England.
NEBRASKA More triplets are born here than in any other state.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Birthplace of Tupperware, invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.
NEW JERSEY Has the most shopping malls in one area in the world.
NEW MEXICO Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950 forest fire here.
NEW YORK Is home to the nation's oldest cattle ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk......Surprised?
NORTH CAROLINA Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.
NORTH DAKOTA Rigby, North Dakota, is the exact geographic Center of North America .
OHIO The hot dog was invented here in 1900.
OKLAHOMA The grounds of the state capital are covered by operating oil wells.
OREGON Has the most ghost towns in the country.
PENNSYLVANIA The smiley : ) was first used in 1980 by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.
RHODE ISLAND The nation's oldest bar, the White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673.
SOUTH CAROLINA Sumter County is home to the world's largest gingko farm.
SOUTH DAKOTA Is the only state that's never had an earthquake.
TENNESSEE Nashville's* Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio show **in the world.*
TEXAS Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The hamburger was invented in Arlington in 1906.
UTAH The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.
VERMONT Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald's.
VIRGINIA Home of the world's largest office building, The Pentagon.
WASHINGTON Seattle has twice as many college graduates as any other state.
WASHINGTON D.C. Is the first planned capital in the world
WEST VIRGINIA Had the world's first brick paved street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.
WISCONSIN The ice cream sundae was invented here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from being sold on Sunday. Also, the American Water Spaniel was created there and is the state dog.
WYOMING Was the first state to allow women to vote.

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