Mostly Useless Trivia
about the 50 States
1. Alabama - The Confederate flag was designed and first flown in Alabama in 1861.
2. Alaska - 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are located in Alaska.
3. Arizona - The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.
4. Arkansas - Pine Bluff is known as the world center of archery bow production.
5. California - One out of every eight United States residents lives in California.
6. Colorado - The United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.
7. Connecticut - The first telephone book ever issued contained only fifty names. The New Haven District Telephone Company published it in New Haven in February 1878.
8. Delaware - Delaware was named for Lord de la Warr. He was the first governor of Virginia.
9. Florida - The United States city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater.
10. Georgia - Known as the sweetest onion in the world, the Vidalia onion can only be grown in Georgia and certain areas defined by the state's Commissioner of Agriculture.
11. Hawaii - From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States. It is also the farthest south.
12. Idaho - In Idaho law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.
13. Illinois - The world's largest cookie and cracker factory, where Nabisco made 16 billion Oreo cookies in 1995, is located in Chicago.
14. Indiana - Marcella Gruelle of Indianapolis created the Raggedy Ann doll in 1914.
15. Iowa - The highest double track railroad bridge in the world, the Kate Shelley Bridge, is located at Boone.
16. Kansas - The First United Methodist Church in Hutchinson was built in 1874 during the time of the grasshopper plagues. The grasshoppers came during the construction of the churches foundation but the pastor continued with the work. As a result, thousands of grasshoppers are mixed into the mortar of the original building's foundation.
17. Kentucky - More than 100 native Kentuckians have been elected governors of other states.
18. Louisiana - Louisiana is the only state that still refers to the Napoleonic Code in its state law.
19. Maine - In Wilton there's a cannery that imports and cans only dandelion greens.
20. Maryland - On the morning of August 10, 1813 residents of Saint Michaels having been forewarned of a British attack hoisted lanterns to the masts of ships and in the tops of the trees. The height of light caused cannons to overshoot the town. This first known blackout was effective and only one house was struck and is now known as the "Cannonball House." The town has been known as the town that fooled the British since this historic event.
21. Massachusetts - The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Massachusetts.
22. Michigan - Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska.
23. Minnesota - Minnesota Inventions: Masking and Scotch tape, Wheaties cereal, Bisquick, HMOs, the bundt pan, Aveda beauty products, and Green Giant vegetables.
24. Mississippi - Mississippi suffered the largest percentage of people who died in the Civil War of any Confederate State. 78,000 Mississippians entered the Confederate military. By the end of the war 59,000 were either dead or wounded.
25. Missouri - The most powerful earthquake to strike the United States occurred in 1811, centered in New Madrid, Missouri. The quake shook more than one million square miles, and was felt as far as 1,000 miles away.
26. Montana - In 1888 Helena had more millionaires per capita than any other city in the world.
27. Nebraska - Spam (canned meat) is produced in Fremont.
28. Nevada - Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation. It is second in the world behind South Africa.
29. New Hampshire - The weather station on Mount Washington has recorded some of the coldest temperatures and strongest winds in the continental United States.
30. New Jersey- North Jersey is the car theft capital of the world, with more cars stolen in Newark then any other city. Even the 2 largest cities, NYC and LA put together.
31. New Mexico - White Sands National Monument is a desert, not of sand, but of gleaming white gypsum crystals.
32. New York - Gennaro Lombardi opened the first United States pizzeria in 1895 in New York City.
33. North Carolina - The first English child born in America was born in Roanoke in 1587. Her name was Virginia Dare.
34. North Dakota - North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.
35. Ohio - 50% of the United States population lives within a 500 mile radius of Columbus.
36. Oklahoma - Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water.
37. Oregon - Oregon's state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.
38. Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate.
39. Rhode Island - Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment - prohibition.
40. South Carolina - The Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel was started in 1856 by a railroad company and is bored for more than a mile into the granite heart of fabled Stumphouse Mountain. The coming of the Civil War in 1859 ended the work on the project. Some years ago, Clemson University made Blue Mold Cheese in the tunnel successfully for the first time in the South.
41. South Dakota - The Flaming Fountain on South Dakota State Capitol Lake is fed by an artesian well with natural gas content so high that it can be lit. The fountain glows perpetually as a memorial to all veterans.
42. Tennessee - The name "Tennessee" originated from the old Yuchi Indian word, "Tana-see," meaning "The Meeting Place."
43.Texas - Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation. The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.
44. Utah - Interstate 70 enters the eastern edge of the state, from Grand Junction Colorado, and ends where it intersects Interstate 15, near Cove Fort. This section of Interstate 70 is one of the most deserted stretches of Interstate in the United States.
45. Vermont - With a population of fewer than nine thousand people, Montpelier, Vermont is the smallest state capital in the U.S.
46. Virginia - Bristol is legally two cities but they share the same main street. One in Virginia and one in Tennessee each with its own government and city services.
47. Washington - The highest point in Washington is Mount Rainier. It was named after Peter Rainier, a British soldier who fought against the Americans in the Revolutionary War.
48. West Virginia - Nearly 75% of West Virginia is covered by forests.
49. Wisconsin - In 1882 the first hydroelectric plant in the United States was built at Fox River.
50. Wyoming - Wyoming has the lowest population of all 50 United States.
Most information was collected from 50sates.com
graphics by Mary E. Stephens