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    Re: Facts about the States- Find Yours

    My Current home is Arkansas. (I have lived in 8 states long enough to consider them "home")

    Arkansas (pronounced "Ar-kan-saw") Facts and Trivia

    1. Elevations in the state range from 54 feet above sea level in the far southeast corner to 2,753 feet above at Mount Magazine, the state's highest point.

    2. North Little Rock offers one of the nation's largest municipal parks.

    3. The community of Mountain View is called the Folk Capital of America. The little town preserves the pioneer way of life and puts it on display for visitors at the Ozark Folk Center State Park from March through October.

    4. The road to the White House for President Bill Clinton began in Hope, then led to Hot Springs, Fayetteville, and Little Rock.

    5. Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers.

    6. The state contains six national park sites, two-and-a half million acres of national forests, seven national scenic byways, three state scenic byways, and 50 state parks.

    7. One of America's finest restoration projects, the Quapaw Quarter features some of Little Rock's oldest structures including Victorian and antebellum homes, churches, MacArthur Park, and the Old Arsenal.

    8. Mountain View is home to one of the largest producers of handmade dulcimers in the world.

    9. Since the 1830s the area now known as Hot Springs National Park has bathed notables as diverse as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone. The park is entirely surrounded by the city of Hot Springs, the boyhood home of President Bill Clinton.

    10. Located just outside of Murfreesboro, Crater of Diamonds State Park allows dedicated prospectors to search for precious gems including diamonds, amethyst, garnet, jasper, agate, and quartz.

    11. The mockingbird is the official state bird. It was designated in 1929.

    12. Clark Bluff overlooking the St. Francis River contains chalk to supply the nation for years.

    13. Famous singer Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland.

    14. The apple blossom is the official state flower. It was designated in 1901.

    15. The Magnet Cove region claims to contain 102 varieties of minerals.

    16. The World's Championship Duck Calling Contest is held annually in Stuttgart.

    17. Sam Walton founded his Wal-Mart stores in Bentonville.

    18. Mount Ida is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.

    19. Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15, 1836.

    20. The pine tree is the official state tree. It was designated in 1939.

    21. Pine Bluff is known as the world center of archery bow production.

    22. Camden was the site of the Fort Lookout Skirmish and the Battle of Poison Springs

    23. Bauxite is the official state mineral. It was designated in 1967.

    24. Alma claims to be the Spinach Capital of the World.

    25. Little River County Courthouse is world famous for it's Christmas lights display.

    26. General Douglas MacArthur, soldier and statesman, was born in Little Rock in 1880.

    27. Established near the mouth of the Arkansas River in 1686, Arkansas Post was the first permanent white settlement in the state.

    28. The geographic center of the state is located in Pulaski, 12 miles northwest of Little Rock.

    29. The city of Fairfield Bay sits on the north shore of Greers Ferry Lake, a 40,000 acre mountain lake of sparkling waters in central Arkansas.

    30. The University of Central Arkansas was founded in Conway in 1907.

    31. The average temperature in July is 81.4 degrees; January it is 39.5; and the annual average is 61.7 degrees. The average rainfall is 48.52 inches and the average snowfall is 5.2 inches.

    32. Scott Joplin, popular musician and composer, was born in Texarkana.

    33. The diamond is the official state gem. It was designated in 1967.

    34. Arkansas is officially known as The Natural State.

    35. The Arkansas River is the longest stream to flow into the Mississippi-Missouri river system. Its total length is 1,450 miles.

    36. The South Arkansas vine ripe pink tomato is the official state fruit and blossom. It was designated in 1987.

    37. Milk is the official state beverage. It was designated in 1985.

    38. The largest freestanding rock formation located in Eureka Springs has a base circumference of about 10 inches and the top measures almost 10 feet across.

    39. The apple blossom is the official state flower. It was designated in 1901.

    40. Ouachita National Forest reigns as the oldest national forest in the South.

    41. The lowest point in the state occurs along the Ouachita River.

    42. Origin of state's name: French interpretation of a Sioux word acansa, meaning downstream place.

    43. A person from Arkansas is called an Arkansan. (the folks I have met who are native to the state usually refer to themselves as 'Akansawyers')

    44. The honeybee is the official state insect. It was officially designated in 1973.

    45. In 1783 the Colbert Incident occurred at Arkansas Post. It was the only Revolutionary War skirmish in the state.

    46. The Buffalo River is one of the few remaining unpolluted, free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states.

    47. The fiddle is the official state instrument. It was designated in 1985.

    48. 47 hot springs flow from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain, at an average temperature of 143 F.

    49. The Ozark National Forest covers more than one million acres.

    50. The quartz crystal is the official state rock. It was designated in 1967.
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    Re: Facts about the States- Find Yours

    This seems like a thread worth reviving.

    Since last posting to this thread, I have moved.
    Here are some interesting, fun facts about my new home.

    "Beulah red" is the name of the red marble that gives the Colorado State Capitol its distinctive splendor. Cutting, polishing, and installing the marble in the Capitol took six years, from 1894 to 1900. All of the "Beulah red" marble in the world went into the Capitol. It cannot be replaced, at any price.

    Colorado is the only state in history, to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. 62% of all state Voters choose at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the State Of Colorado, and the City of Denver.

    The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs.

    The world's largest flat-top mountain is in Grand Mesa.

    In Fruita, the town folk celebrate 'Mike the Headless Chicken Day'. Seems that a farmer named L.A. Olsen cut off Mike's head on September 10, 1945 in anticipation of a chicken dinner - and Mike lived for another 4 years without a head.

    The LoDo region of Denver stands for Lower Downtown.

    Denver, lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. The trademark for the name Cheeseburger was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast.

    The highest paved road in North America is the Road to Mt. Evans off of I-70 from Idaho Springs. The Road climbs up to 14,258 Ft. above sea level.

    Colorado means “colored red” and is known as the “Centennial State.”

    The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad continues to provide year round train service operating a historical train with rolling stock indigenous to the line. The line was constructed primarily to haul mine ores, both gold and silver, from the San Juan Mountains.

    The United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.

    Colorado contains 75% of the land area of the U.S. with an altitude over 10,000 feet.

    Colorado has 222 state wildlife areas.

    Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America.

    The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.

    The Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel between Clear Creek & Summit counties is the highest auto tunnel in the world. Bored at an elevation of 11,000 feet under the Continental Divide it is 8,960 feet long and the average daily traffic exceeds 26,000 vehicles.

    Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the United States at 10,430 feet elevation. Because there was lots of "silver" named towns at the time, the founding fathers suggested Leadville.
    Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after being inspired by the view from Pikes Peak.

    Hundreds of thousands of valentines are re-mailed each year from Loveland.

    Fountain, has the distinction of being the United States' millennium city because it best symbolizes the overall composition of America. Fountain is the most accurate representation of the American "melting pot." Fountain was chosen after a Queens College sociologist crunched Census Bureau statistics in an effort to find the one city in the country that best represented the population make-up of the United States.

    Pueblo is the only city in America with four living recipients of the Medal of Honor.

    The tallest building in Colorado is the Republic Plaza at 57 stories high, in Denver.

    Every year Denver host the worlds largest Rodeo, the Western Stock show.

    Denver has the largest city park system in the nation with 205 parks in City limits and 20,000 Acres of parks in the nearby mountains.

    Dove Creek is the "Pinto Bean" capital of the world.

    The tallest sand dune in America is in Great Sand Dunes National Monument outside of Alamosa. This bizarre 46,000-acre landscape of 700-foot sand peaks was the creation of ocean waters and wind more than one million years ago.

    The World's First Rodeo was held on July 4th, 1869 in Deer Trail.

    Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike explored the southwest portion of the Louisiana Territory in 1806 and though he never climbed the peak that bears his name, he did publish a report that attracted a lot of interest to the area.

    The slogan of "Pikes Peak or Bust," painted across many of the prairie schooners, was born at a time as fortune hunters headed west. Although only a handful of those who flocked to the region ever found gold.

    At 14,110 feet above sea level over 400,000 people ascend Pikes Peak each year.

    The aptly named town of Twin Lakes lays adjacent two natural lakes at the foot of Colorado's highest Fourteener, Mt. Elbert.

    The Colorado Rockies are part of the North American Cordillera, which stretches 3,000 miles from Alaska, through western Canada and the United States, into northern Mexico. The centerpieces of this dramatic uplift are the peaks over 14,000 feet, or "Fourteeners", as they are affectionately referred to by climbers. There are 52 Fourteeners in Colorado.

    Rocky Ford has been dubbed the "melon capital of the world."

    The Yampa River below the northwest town of Craig holds northern pike in the 20-pound range, while the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers are prime spots for trout fishing.

    Colorado has the highest mean altitude of all the states.

    Mesa Verde features an elaborate four-story city carved in the cliffs by the Ancestral Pueblo people between 600 and 1300 A.D. The mystery surrounding this ancient cultural landmark is the sudden disappearance of the thousands of inhabitants who created the more than 4,000 identified structures.

    Colorado has more microbreweries per capita than any other state.

    The Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington dates back to 1905, making it the oldest wooden merry-go-round in the United States. It is the only wooden carousel in America still with its original paint.

    The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been in continuous operation since 1881 and has appeared in more than a dozen movies including How the West Was Won (1963) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).

    The highest suspension bridge in the world is over the Royal Gorge near Canon City. The Royal Gorge Bridge spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1,053 feet.

    The world's largest natural hot springs pool located in Glenwood Springs. The two-block long pool is across the street from the historic Hotel Colorado, a favorite stop of former president Teddy Roosevelt.

    Built in 1867 by Seth Lake, the Astor House in Golden was the first stone hotel built west of the Mississippi River.

    Colorado's southwest corner borders Arizona, New Mexico and Utah the only place in America where the corners of four states meet.

    There are nearly 20 rivers whose headwaters begin in Colorado, with the Continental Divide directing each river's course.

    The Colorado Rockies play at the 50,000 seat Coors Field, located in downtown Denver.

    In 1859, John Gregory discovered "The Gregory Lode" in a gulch near Central City. Within two weeks, the gold rush was on and within two months the population grew to 10,000 people in search of their fortune. It came to be known as "The Richest Square Mile on Earth".

    Colorado's first and oldest military post, Fort Garland was established in 1858 and commanded by the legendary frontiersman Kit Carson.

    Abundant nesting and migrating birds and other native animals provide a "world-class" watchable wildlife experience. Bald eagles and other raptors, sandhill cranes, shore birds and water birds can be seen seasonally at San Luis Lakes near Alamosa.

    Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument near Cripple Creek is a lesson in history set in the one-time shadow of the Guffey Volcano. The volcano erupted millions of years ago, creating fossils and leaving the valley filled with petrified trees.

    John Henry "Doc" Holliday's brief and tumultuous existence led him to Glenwood Springs where he succumbed to tuberculosis and died at the Hotel Glenwood on November 8, 1887.

    Thanks to: Colorado Travel & Tourism Authority
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    Re: Facts about the States- Find Yours

    hey guys,

    I have always known that America being a land of opportunity, But didnt know so much about America, Is most of the land having weather, or climatic unpleasantryt. Brazil is the most dangerous place to go, is trhis news right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinning_like_me View Post
    hey guys,

    I have always known that America being a land of opportunity, But didnt know so much about America, Is most of the land having weather, or climatic unpleasantryt. Brazil is the most dangerous place to go, is trhis news right?
    In the north its cold, in the south its warm. Know nothing of Brazil.

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    LarsMac, I have 2013 calendar that features scenic photography. They tossed in January 2014 as well and it's a beautiful photo of a mountain range covered in snow capped evergreens. The description says it's "Steamboat Springs, Colorado". Gorgeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabby View Post
    LarsMac, I have 2013 calendar that features scenic photography. They tossed in January 2014 as well and it's a beautiful photo of a mountain range covered in snow capped evergreens. The description says it's "Steamboat Springs, Colorado". Gorgeous!
    Yeah, the Steamboat area is beautimous. I love going up there in the late Spring.
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    1.Virginia was named for England's "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I.
    2.The major cash crop of Virginia is tobacco and many of the people who live there earn their living from the tobacco industry.
    3.Jamestown, the first of the original 13 Colonies was founded for the purpose of silk cultivation. Silk to be traded with the Court of King James. After blight fungus destroyed the mulberry trees (silkworm food), sericulturist planted tobacco as a cash crop.
    4.Jamestown was the first English settlement in the U.S. It was also the first capital of Virginia.
    5.Virginia is known as "the birthplace of a nation".
    6.Arlington County was originally part of the ten-mile square parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be part of Washington, DC. The U.S. Congress returned that portion of the land to the "Commonwealth of Virginia" following a referendum among its citizens.
    7. Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
    8.Six Presidents' wives were born in Virginia: Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, Rachel Jackson, Letitia Tyler, Ellen Arthur, Edith Wilson.
    9.Seven Presidents are buried in Virginia: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taft and Kennedy.
    10.The present state capital in Richmond was also the capital of the Confederacy.
    11.The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693.
    12.The State nickname is "Old Dominion".
    13.The State flower is not really a flower, but the blossom of the dogwood tree, which is also the state tree.
    14.The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in Virginia.
    15.The Blue Ridge Mountains are located in Virginia.
    16.The American Revolution ended with the surrender of Cornwallis in Yorktown.
    17.On March 9, 1862 at Hampton Roads, Virginia, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimac) met in one of the most famous naval engagements in US history. Their battle, the first of its kind between metal armored vessels, changed for all time the nature of naval warfare.
    18.10th of the 13 original colonies, Virginia was admitted to the union June 25, 1788.
    19.The state motto is "Sic Semper Tyrannis". (Thus always to tyrants)
    20.Union Passenger Railway was the first successful electric street railway transit agency. It was formed in 1888 at Richmond.
    21.The states of Kentucky & West Virginia were formed from sections of the state of Virginia
    22.About 1/2 of all the people in the United States live within a 500 mile radius of the Capital of Virginia.
    23.Virginia has had 3 capital cities: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond.
    24.Richmond was also the capital of the Confederate States during the Civil War
    25.Over 1/2 the battles fought in the civil war were fought in Virginia. Over 2,200 of the 4,000 battles.
    26.In Virginia more people work for the United States government than any other industry. About 1/4 of Virginia's workers.
    27.Virginia's largest private employer is also the world's largest ship building yard.
    28.Virginia is the home base for the United States Navy's Atlantic Fleet.
    29.The tomb of the Unknown Soldier is in Arlington National Cemetery.
    30.The Pentagon building in Arlington is the largest office building in the world.
    31.The Pentagon has nearly 68,000 miles of internal telephone lines.
    32.Dulles International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world.
    33.General Thomas Jackson got his nickname "Stonewall" in Manassass. The site of 2 major Civil War Battles.
    34.The first Thanksgiving in North America was held in Virginia in 1619.
    35.Yorktown is the site of the final victory of the American Revolution.
    36.Virginia has been dubbed the "Internet Capital of the world".
    37.The Atlantic headquarters of NATO is located in Norfolk.
    38.The Great Dismal Swamp is in Virginia near the North Carolina border.
    39.Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia. Its population is expected to surpass 500,000 residents by 2010.
    40.The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is the world's largest bridge-tunnel complex.
    41.Wild Ponies have roamed freely on Assateague Island for centuries.
    42.The world's only oyster museum is on Chincoteague Island.
    43.Busch Garden's Old Country Theme Park is located near Williamsburg.
    44.President Thomas Jefferson designed his own home and called it Monticello.
    45.George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, is located in Virginia.
    46.Robert E. Lee, Commanding General of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered his men to Ulysses Grant, General-in-Chief of all United States forces, on April 9, 1865 at the Appomattox Court House.
    47.Patrick Henry made his "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" speech in St. John's Church in Richmond.
    48.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.
    49.Waynesboro was the site of the last major battle of the Civil War in central Virginia, the Battle of Waynesboro in 1865 between Generals Jubal Early and Philip Sheridan.
    50.Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls has an early 19-century wooden water wheel and operating gristmill. The old Miller's House features an exhibit about the process of milling and the families who operated the mill.

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