State-by-State

ALABAMA … Was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in 1968.

  ALASKA … One out of every 64 people has a pilot’s license.

  ARIZONA … Is the only state in the continental U.S. that doesn’t
  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 759 square miles, Jacksonville is the US’s largest city.

  GEORGIA … It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton
  made the first vat of Coca-Cola.

  HAWAII … Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than
  residents in any other state.

  IDAHO … TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.

  ILLINOIS … The Chicago River is dyed green every St. Patrick’s Day.

  INDIANA … Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which gets a half million
  letters to Santa every year.

  IOWA … Winnebagos get their name from Winnebago County. Also, it
  is the only state that begins with two 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’s so big, it covers as many square miles as the other
  five New England states combined.

  MARYLAND … King Williams School opened in 1696. It was the first
  school in the United States.

  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, if you spent
  10 minutes in each store, you’d be there nearly 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 one of the Crown Jewels of
  England.

  NEBRASKA … More triplets are born here than in any other state.

  NEVADA … Has more hotel rooms than any other place in the world.

  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.

  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 worlds largest
  gingko (it’s a tree – I just looked it up) 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 back in 1885.

  UTAH … The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opened here in
  1952.

  VERMONT … Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald’s. (yet)

  VIRGINIA … Home of the world’s largest office building … the
  Pentagon.

  WASHINGTON .. Seattle has the highest proportion of college
  graduates of any other US city.

  WASHINGTON D.C. … Was 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 Sundays.

  WYOMING … Was the first state to allow women to vote.

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