Alabama: Residents of Magnolia Springs have their mail delivered by boat on the Magnolia River, the only river route mail delivery in the continental United States.
Alaska: Juneau, Alaska’s state capital, is almost as large as the combined area of Rhode Island and Delaware.
Arizona: England’s famous London Bridge was replaced and dismantled in the 1960s, then was shipped and rebuilt in Lake Havasu City, where it stands today.
Arkansas: In a bizarre coincidence, the Arkansas School for the Deaf’s mascot is the Leopard. So their team name is the Deaf Leopards. Moving on…
California: If California were a country, it would have the ninth-largest economy in the world.
Colorado: The world’s first rodeo was held in 1869 in Deer Trail.
Connecticut: The state animal of Connecticut is the sperm whale.
Delaware: Delaware is the only state in the union without a branch of the National Parks Service — a national park, historic site or monument.
Florida: No matter where you are in the state, you are never more than 60 miles from the ocean.
Georgia: There is a tree in Athens called “The Tree That Owns Itself.” The former owner willed the tree to itself along with eight feet of land surrounding it. The current tree, which is a descendant of the original, pays no taxes.
Hawaii: Because of volcanic activity, Hawaii is the only state that is increasing in land area.
Idaho: The Idaho State Capitol is heated geothermally.
Indiana: In Indiana it is illegal to catch a fish with dynamite, a crossbow, firearms, or your bare hands.
Illinois: The Willis Tower in Chicago is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. On a clear day, you can see four states — Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin — from the observation deck.
Iowa: The Fenelon Place Elevator claims to be both the shortest and steepest railway in the world.
Kansas: Dodge City is the windiest city in the country, with average wind speeds of 14 miles per hour.
Kentucky: Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln, president of the Confederacy and the U.S. during the Civil war, respectively, were both born in Kentucky — less than one year and 100 miles apart.
Louisiana: At nearly 24 miles long, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest continuous bridge over water in the world.
Maine: Maine is the only state that borders exactly one other state and also is the only state whose name is one syllable long.
Maryland: The state sport of Maryland is jousting.
Massachusetts: The nation’s first subway, public park, public school system, and college are all in Massachusetts, where the world’s first computer was also invented.
Michigan: You are never more than six miles from a lake when you are in Michigan.
Minnesota: 258 Statue of Liberties could lie within the Mall of America.
Mississippi: In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear while on a hunting trip in Mississippi. The Washington Post satirized the event in a cartoon, and soon after, a New York shop owner began selling “Teddy’s Bears” — and the rest is history.
Missouri: Kansas City has more fountains than any other city in the world except Rome.
Montana: The Roe River was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest river at 201 feet in length.
Nebraska: The 911 emergency system was first developed in Lincoln.
Nevada: Nevada is the only state where prostitution is legal.
New Hampshire: The entire state has the same area code — 603.
New Jersey: The Statue of Liberty stands within the territorial waters of New Jersey.
New Mexico: The staircase in the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe features two 360-degree turns, no visible means of support, and no nails. The identity of the carpenter remains a mystery.
New York: Adirondack Park is larger than the Everglades, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Yellowstone national parks combined.
North Carolina: Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville in 1914.
North Dakota: North Dakota produces enough soybeans to make 212 billion crayons every year.
Ohio: Half of the nation’s population lives within 500 miles of Columbus.
Oklahoma: Oklahoma’s state capitol building has an oil well beneath its structure that was tapped for 1.5 million barrels over 43 years.
Oregon: The name of Portland was almost Boston, and the name of the city was decided by a coin flip. You can still see the coin on display in the Oregon Historical Society.
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia served as the nation’s capital from 1790 to 1800. Both the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed in the city.
Rhode Island: The official name of Rhode Island is the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
South Carolina: South Carolina grows nearly three times more peaches than Georgia, the Peach State.
South Dakota: South Dakota has more miles of shoreline than all of Florida.
Tennessee: A portion of what is now Eastern Tennessee tried to gain admission to the Union as a state named Tennessee, but was not granted admission.
Texas: Texas is so big that El Paso is actually closer to California than it is to Dallas.
Utah: Rainbow Bridge National Monument is generally considered the largest natural bridge in the world — at 290 feet in height, it is taller than the U.S. Capitol Building.
Vermont: Billboards are banned in Vermont.
Virginia: To date, eight U.S. presidents were born in Virginia, the most of any state — earning it the nickname of “Mother of Presidents.”
Washington: Father’s Day originated in Washington.
West Virginia: Mother’s Day was first observed in West Virginia.
Wisconsin: The Republican Party was founded in Wisconsin in 1854.
Wyoming: In 1869, Wyoming became the first state or territory to grant women the right to vote, nearly 21 years before it became a state.
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