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Old 07-01-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Kentucky

1. Kentucky has the longest and 7th longest cave systems in the world. Mammoth Cave & Fisher Ridge Cave have more miles of passageways than the world's next 3 longest caves combined
http://www.caverbob.com/wlong.htm

2. Kentucky is known for horses because the soil in the Inner Bluegrass Region has very high calcium content. In the 1790s it was noticed that Kentucky raised horses had stronger bones, it has been a center of race horse farming ever since
What is the best type of Soil for Horses - Lexington Homes & Horse Farms (http://www.lexingtonhomesandhorsefarms.com/2009/4/19/what-is-the-best-type-of-soil-for-horses - broken link)

3. Kentucky ranks 3rd among all states in the number of automobiles manufactured - only Ohio & Michigan build more cars and trucks. 10% of all vehicles drove in the US came from a factory in Kentucky
http://www.thinkkentucky.com/kyedc/p...o_Industry.pdf


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Old 07-01-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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North Carolina has the highest Mountain in the Eastern US: Mt. Mitchell
North Caroilina was the birthplace of Pepsi
North Carolina is home to the oldest public university in the nation: UNC
Babe Ruth hit his very first professional baseball home run in Fayetteville, NC.
North Caroliina is home to the largest privately owned home in America: Biltmore House
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:22 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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1. Delta Air Lines first got established in Louisiana, connecting Dallas, TX and Jackson, MS through Shreveport, LA and Monroe, LA. The airline was headquatered in Monroe, LA until it moved to Atlanta, GA.

2. Louisiana is home to the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain causeway.

3. Louisiana is the only state to have a former governer currently serving time in prison.

4. Louisiana is the only state to have a governer assasinated in office. (I think)

5. Louisiana has more natural resources than any other state.

6. Mardi Gras did not originate nor is it only celebrated in New Orleans or Louisiana.

7. Louisiana is the only state that doesn't have counties.

8. Louisiana has the nation's tallest state capitol building.

9. The nations first Opera was performed in New Orleans.

10. 41% of nation's coastal wetlands are in Louisiana/
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
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-Massachusetts has one of the lowest, if not the lowest, divorce rates of any state
-Massachusetts is home to the two largest libraries in the United States after the Library of Congress: the library of Harvard University and the Boston Public Library
-Both basketball and volleyball were invented in Massachusetts
-Revere Beach was the first public beach in the country
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: 23.7 million to 162 million miles North of Venus
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Oklahoma

I'm sure most people are familiar with Will Rogers, the land run and the Cowboy Hall of Fame...

Worlds Largest McDonald's - Spanning the Will Rogers Turnpike, I-44, near Vinita, Oklahoma is the 29,135 square foot McDonald’s restaurant.

The world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935.

The Oklahoma State Capitol is the only capitol in the world surrounded by working oil wells. Not too many years ago, giant oil rigs dotted the grounds of the Oklahoma capitol.

Sylvan N. Goldman of Humpty Dumpty Stores and Standard Food Markets invented the first shopping cart so that people could buy more in a single visit to the grocery store. He unveiled his creation in Oklahoma City on June 4, 1937.

The Pensacola Dam, built in 1940 is still the World's Longest Multiple Arch Dam. At 6,565 feet in length, the dam is located on the south shores of Grand Lake O' the Cherokees between Langley and Disney.

Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state, with over one million surface acres of water.

The first Boy Scout Troop in the US was formed in Pawhuska in 1909.

Billionaire J. Paul Getty began his oil empire in Tulsa.

The name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw words okla, meaning people, and homa, meaning red, which translates to land of the red people.

On the lighter side :

Dogs who want to congregate in groups of three or more on private property must have a permit signed by the mayor.

In Tulsa you may not open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.

Whaling is illegal in the state of Oklahoma.

Quirky Oklahoma - Indian Territory Oddities and Unusual Attractions
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:17 PM
 
Location: 23.7 million to 162 million miles North of Venus
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South Dakota, which will always be my home no matter where I live.

The largest underground gold mine is the Homestake Mine in Lead.

Visitors to South Dakota’s Badlands National Park will find fossil evidence of 35 million years of evolution – a dog-sized camel, three-toed horse, and saber-toothed cat.

Fossilized remains of life 50 million years ago have been arranged in unusual forms, which is Lemmon's mark of distinction at the world's largest petrified wood park.

The Sturgis Rally and Races are internationally famous.

Mt. Rushmore was called Mountain of Rock before the presidential faces were carved.

Badlands National Park consists of nearly 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.

The name “Black Hills” comes from the Lakota words Paha Sapa, which mean “hills that are black.” Seen from a distance, these pine-covered hills, rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie, appear black.

Belle Fourche is the geographical center of the United States of America, designated in 1959 and noted by an official marker and sheepherder's monument called a "Stone Johnnie".

Wild Bill Hickok was killed in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876. He is buried there in the cemetery.

Mitchell, South Dakota is the home of the world's only Corn Palace, built with 3,500 bushels of ear corn.

Drilling began on the four faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 1927. Towering 6,200 feet, the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum originally planned to include a Hall of Records behind the faces but never completed the project. Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it's now deemed priceless.

The Crazy Horse mountain carving now in progress will be the world’s largest sculpture (563' high, 641' long, carved in the round). It is the focal point of an educational and cultural memorial to and for the North American Indian. The gigantic Crazy Horse is the world’s only mountain carving in progress.

Jewel Cave is the third-longest cave in the world. More than 120 miles of passages have been surveyed. Calcite crystals that glitter when illuminated give the cave its name.

With more than 82 miles of mapped passages, Wind Cave contains the world’s largest display of a rare formation called boxwork.

Harney Peak, at 7242 above sea level, is the highest point in the United States east of the Rockies.

The 9824-acre Black Elk Wilderness in the center of the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve was named for Black Elk, an Oglala Lakota holy man.

The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs contains the largest concentration of Columbian and woolly mammoth bones discovered in their primary context in the world! This National Natural Landmark is the only in-situ (bones left as found) display of fossil mammoths in America.

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.

For millions of years, Split Rock Creek near Garretson cut deep gorges through Palisades State Park. Geologists say the Sioux quartzite spires are 1.2 billion years old! Glaciers deposited a thin layer of debris atop the quartzite. Beds of dark red pipestone can be found between the layers. This is one of the few areas in the nation where pipestone is found. The mineral is considered sacred by American Indians.

Black Hills National Cemetery "The Arlington of the West" is a final resting place of our nation's veterans.

The U.S.S. South Dakota was the most decorated battleship during World War II.




A prospector in the Black Hills named a promising claim after his neighbor’s daughter, calling it “The Little Allie”. The prospector’s wife got angry because he had never named a claim after her and she demanded that the mine be renamed in her honor. The prospector agreed and renamed the mine “The Holy Terror” which is what it is still called today.

South Dakota Fun Facts and Trivia
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Little known to most Texans I meet....Illinois is mostly farms and rural areas, dotted with small cities. It is not all industrial, and Chicago is only a small corner of the state. Additionally, all northern states also have countryside!
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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7. Louisiana is the only state that doesn't have counties.
Actually, Alaska has Boroughs, and Massachuesetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have abolished their counties.
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Default Missouri

the ice cream cone and iced tea, were first served at the 1904 Worlds Fair in St Louis Missouri.

The most powerful earthquake to strike the US hit New Madrid, Missouri in 1811. The Mississippi ran backwards for 3 days, and the quake rang churchbells as far away as Philly.

St Louisians consume more BBQ sauce per capita than any other state.
http://www.legendsofamerica.com/MO-Facts.html

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Old 07-01-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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Some NY factoids...

75% of upstate NY's population lives within 25 miles of the NY State Thruway (I-90 or I-87).

One-fifth of NY's land area is protected wilderness.

Onondaga Lake in central NY is the most polluted lake in America. (Happily, it is slowly recovering.) It is just a few miles away from Skaneateles Lake, one of America's purest lakes.

The "bluest" (most Democratically leaning) county in NY is nowhere near New York City (it's Tompkins County - the Ithaca area).

NY has the greatest concentration of Classical (ancient Greek and Roman) derived place names in the U.S. They were all named by a single clerk working in the state's land office, who loved the Classics.

NY is famous for Niagara Falls, but it also has the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rockies (Taughannock Falls). No other state has more waterfalls than NY, except Michigan.

NY's Supreme Court is not the highest court in the state. It is actually the "lower court." The Appellate Court is the highest court.

The famous Erie Canal still functions as a working waterway, and is in its 182nd season of operation.

NY ranks 9th among the states in Native American population.

NY was a major theater of three wars: the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812. During the Revolutionary War, the death/injury toll on NY's civilians (European and Indian both) was very great.

Slavery was abolished in New York in 1827, and was always more common in New York City than elsewhere in the state.

The largest outdoor concert ever held in the U.S. was held in NY - but it was not at Woodstock. It was at Watkins Glen in 1973, and attracted 600,000 people for a one-day event.

NY has three of America's sports halls of fame... for Baseball, Boxing, and Thoroughbred Racing.

The second most visited natural attraction in NY (after Niagara Falls) is Howe Caverns, which are the most extensive caves in the Northeast that are open to the public.

It is possible to drive west from NY into Vermont.

New York City's five boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island) are also counties... but some of the borough names are different than the county names (Kings, Bronx, Queens, New York, and Richmond).

New York State occasionally experiences moderate earthquakes (centered in the Adirondacks or southern Quebec) which have caused structural damage, cracks in the ground, and have warped roads. Since 1983, there have been two quakes above 5.0 (due to the bedrock structure in the region, they are felt over a much wider area than they would be in California). The largest earthquake in recent times was in 1944 and was estimated to be between 5.8 and 6.0.

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