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LITTLE KNOWN INFO ABOUT THE USA




Did you know that the Schoharie River in upstate New York runs upstream?

The first foreign country south of Detroit is Canada.

Buffalo is further east than Jacksonville, Fla. even though it is on the Atlantic.

New York is the only state that touches both the Great Lakes and the Atlantic.

Reno, Nevada is farther West than Los Angeles, California.

Western Maryland is only three miles wide at its skinniest point. This point is located halfway between Cumberland, Maryland and Baltimore, Maryland .

College Park Maryland has the oldest functioning airport in the USA. The Wright Brothers tested airplanes at this airport!

Only four of the US's 50 states still regard themselves as Commonwealths: Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Virginia.

The State of Kentucky has more toll roads (which they call Parkways) than any other state---9. They are Hatcher (Green River),Audubon, Pennyrile, Western Kentucky, Cumberland, Daniel Boone, Bert T Combs Mountain, Blue Grass Purchase. Of the nine, however, only four still require toll charges, Audubon, Cumberland, Daniel Boone and Hatcher (Green River).

The present population of California (32 million) is equal to that of the entire United States at the outbreak of the civil war.

If Los Angeles county were to become a state of it's own, it would rank 9th in population behind CA, TX, NY, FL, PA, IL, OH and MI.

If the Southernmost nine counties in California were to secede from the state to become a state of their own, they would rank first in population, in front of TX, NY, FL and the remainder of CA.

Lake Michigan is the largest lake in the U.S.Half of Lake Superior is in Canada...

The Statue of Liberty, which is often associated with the state of New York, actually is located (physically) in the State of New Jersey.

The State of Alabama has more navigable waterways (7) than any other state in the USA. They are the Alabama, Black Warrior, Chattahoochee, Coosa, Mobile, Tennessee, and Tombigbee Rivers; altogether a total of 1,445 navigable miles of inland waterway is available in this state.

The alpine mountain range of the Rockies and Continental Divide within the State of Colorado gives birth to three major US River systems--the Arkansas, Colorado, and Rio Grande Rivers. It also is home to the headwater streams that form the Missouri Rivers' two largest tributaries --the Kansas River (formed by the Republican & Smoky Hill Rivers) and the Platte River (formed by the North and South Platte Rivers).

It is said that the state of Oklahoma has more shore line, surrounding its many lakes, than the East and West coasts combined.

ReelFoot Lake in Tiptonville, Tennessee is the largest lake formed by earthquake

Alaska is the Westernmost and Easternmost State in the United States. It is the easternmost because the Aleutian Island Chain crosses the 180 degree Meridian which places part of the state (some of the Aleutians) in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Anchorage, Alaska holds over 1/3 of the state's population of 600,000

Alaska is not the least populated state; Wyoming and Vermont are smaller

Temperatures in Fairbanks, AK, range from the 90's in summer to -60s in winter

Highest temperature in Alaska: 100F, Highest in Hawaii: 100F

The population of Oregon is about the same as the Seattle Metro Area-around 3 million

Passenger traffic at the Portland International Airport (Oregon) has more than doubled in the past decade to over 13 million people a year

Did you know that the oldest private school in the country is the Collegiate School, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan?

50% of the state of Florida is covered in swamp.

Ashtabula County, Ohio, has more covered bridges than any other county in the state of Ohio.

Shelby County, Tennessee has more horses per capita than in any other county in the United States.

The strongest surface wind ever recorded was 231 mph at Mount Washington, New Hampshire. It was recorded in 1934

The shortest river is the D River in Lincoln City, Oregon. It flows 440 feet from Devil's Lake to the Pacific Ocean.

The Pacific Crest Trail is 4,300 Km, or 2666 miles long.

The Great Lakes hold one-fourth of all the fresh water in the world. There is enough to cover the whole United States 12 feet deep.

The lowest point in the USA is Death Valley, California. It is 282 feet below sea level

The exact geographical center of the entire United States is twelve miles north of Medical Springs, Oregon, where Highway 203 meets Catherine Creek. This unlikely central position came about with the addition of Alaska and Hawaii as states. The actual center lies in a canyon between Burger Butte and China Cap Mountain on the Middle Fork of Catherin Creek.

Texas is also the only state that is allowed to fly its state flag at the same height as the U.S. flag.

The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.

The longest bridge in the USA is the bridge that crosses Lake Ponchartrain in New Orleans.

Did you know that the capital building of Georgia, in Atlanta, has a domed roof that is gold leaf. The gold is mined from the Dalonhega Mountains in North Georgia.

Domes on capitol buildings other than GA are also gold leafed, for example NJ which had their dome recovered in Gold during the 1980s.

The Statue of Liberty weighs 254 metric tons.

The Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport is larger than New York City's Manhattan Island!

Texas has more counties (254) than any other state.

The land area of Texas is larger than all of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois combined, extending 801 miles from north to south and 773 miles from east to west.

Of the nation's 10 largest cities, 3 are in Texas (Houston, Dallas & San Antonio).

Niagara Falls, on the New York-Canadian border and fed by the waters of Lake Erie, goes down 193 feet (59 meters) to feed into Lake Ontario. Enough water plunges over the edge to fill approximately 4,000 bathtubs every second!

The Liberty Bell is found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The liberty bell rested in Independence hall until 1976 the year of the U S bicentennial. During that year in time for the 4th of July celebration a new building was constructed just to house the liberty bell. This building is entirely made of glass so that visitors can observe the liberty bell 24 Hrs. per day. When the building is closed; observers can select a button to push to here the story of this great piece of Americana on demand, electronically, in a variety of languages. This is the bell used to ring out the news of the independence of the United States of America. The bell's tones rang out for the last time on February 22, 1846, George Washington's Birthday.

On December 17, 1903, history was changed once again when Wilber and Orville Wright sent their new airplane into the air for 12 seconds at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Alaska is the least crowded state in the USA with about 0.7 person per square mile (0.3 person per square kilometer).

The deepest gorge in the USA and the world is at Hells Canyon, on the Snake River, in Idaho. This gorge is 7,900 feet deep (2,408 meters).

The highest waterfall in the USA is in California's Yosemite National Park. It is 2,425 feet high (739 meters).

The highest city in the USA is in Colorado. The city, Leadville, is 10,200 feet above sea level (3,109 meters).

90% of the land in the state of Maine is forested!

The distinction of having the most rainfall of any spot in the USA and in the world goes to Mt. Waialeale, Hawaii. It receives 460 inches (11,684 millimeters) of rainfall each year!

The highest point in the USA is Mount McKinley in Alaska. The mountain is 20,320 feet high (6,194 meters).

The largest meat-eating land animal in the USA and in the world is the Alaska Brown Bear.

Wyoming became the first place in the USA to allow women to hold office and vote. This was in 1869, even before Wyoming became a state.

You can stand in four states at the same time at Four Corners. Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona make up these four states.

If you are standing in Rugby, a town in North Dakota, you will be standing at the center of the North American continent.

In Minnesota, there is an acre of water for every 20 acres of land!

In the early 1800's, a man named John Chapman crossed over and around the state of Ohio planting Apple seeds. We know him better as Johnny Appleseed.

Lake Superior, one of the Great Lakes, is the largest body of fresh water in the USA and in the world. It is 1,333 feet deep (406 meters).

Okefenokee Swamp, in southeast Georgia and northern Florida covers 681 square miles (1,764 square kilometers).

The Appalachian mountain chain stretches all the way from northern Alabama up to northern Canada, though it is known by different names along the way.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the people of the USA from the people of France in 1884. The famous statue, situated in New York Harbor in New York State is 151 feet 1 inch tall (46.05 meters).

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    Apr 17, 2004 at 4:17 PM

    Great idea for the 'hello' listing. Sorry I have nothing else to offer, I have a hard enough time remembering how to say hello in Italian. Pa (mapakettle)

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    Oct 28, 2003 at 7:45 PM

    Ahh..I love my commonwealth state :) The Liberty Bell was rung after 1846. Prior to June 6, 1944 the bell was gently rung seven times, once for each letter in the word victory, the rings were recorded and played for the troops prior to the invasion.

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