Just thought i'd see how well the people here from the USA know there state, post some facts and interesting things about your state, doesnt realy matter what its about, just things that other people might not know. heres some interesting facts about Kentucky toget started (copy/pasted it from Wikipedia):
- Both the president of the Union (Abraham Lincoln) and the Confederacy (Jefferson Davis) during the Civil War were born in Kentucky.
- Kentucky has more navigatable shoreline than any other state in the union, other than Alaska. This is thanks to Kentucky's intricate system of lakes and rivers, as well as being home to Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and Lake Cumberland, all of which rank in the top 20 in size area of US lakes.
- Kentucky's universities have been invloved in several important medical breakthroughs. In 2006 researchers at the University of Louisville developed the first Human Papilloma Virus vaccine. U of L also transplanted the first self contained artifical heart in the world in 2001, and did the first ever hand transplant in the U.S. in 1999.
- Kentuckian Franklin Sousley is one of six soldiers in the picture "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima"
- The Purple People Bridge connecting Newport and Cincinnati is the longest pedestrian only bridge in the world. In 2007, the Big Four Bridge in Louisville will be converted into the world's second longest pedstrian only bridge, meaning Kentucky will be home to the two longest pedestrian only bridges in the world and the only two in the United States connecting two states.
- The Old Louisville neighborhood is the largest historic preservation district in the U.S. featuring Victorian architecture and is also the first place the public viewed Thomas Edison's light bulb. It is also the fourth largest historic preservation district overall in the U.S.
- Garrett Morgan, born to former slaves in Paris, Kentucky, developed a concept of the gas mask.
- The roll-top desk was invented in Henderson, KY by the original owners of Alles Brothers Furniture.
- The first public library open to African Americans was the Western Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.
- Rainey Bethea was the last condemned prisoner to be publicly executed in the United States. The sentence was carried out on August 14, 1936 in front of an estimated 20,000 spectators in Owensboro.
- Bourbon whiskey was first produced in Kentucky, purportedly by Baptist minister Elijah Craig.
- Mother's Day was originally celebrated in Henderson, KY.
- The University of Kentucky's men's basketball team, The UK Wildcats, are the winningest team in college basketball history.
- Famed wildlife artist John James Audubon spent much of his career painting in Henderson, KY.
- The World Peace Bell, located in Newport, is the largest free-swinging bell in existence.
- Several U.S. Navy ships have been named USS Kentucky in honor of the state. The USS Paducah and USS Louisville also served as naval vessels. Also, in honor of their massive and record-breaking contributions to scrap drives in World War II, the small town of Stearns got a ship named after itself.
- William Goebel became the only governor of a US state to be assassinated when he was shot by a sniper as he walked to the State Capitol in Frankfort.
- Kentucky ranks 4th among U.S. states in the number of automobiles and trucks assembled. The Corvette, Ford Expedition, Ford Explorer, all Ford F-series trucks, and the Toyota Camry are all assembled in Kentucky.
- Paris, Kentucky native George Snyder is credited as inventing the first modern fishing reel.
- The Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields are recognized as being one of the most productive in the nation. This area is famously known for the Hatfield-McCoy feud. A major trail spans the historical sites of the feud through West Virginia and Kentucky.
*The number one state that serves the best Freedom there can be. *You can play fun tricks on illegal immigrants and not get in trouble. *If somebody requests a glass of water and you refuse, you're in deep trouble. (Unless the person dies from lack of water first and can't report you.) *Sometimes you'll think you died and went to hell, but then you'll see a poor drunk Indian walk by you hopelessly. Then you'll feel bad that you built a Wal-Mart Supercenter over their burial grouds, but after a few moments of contemplating a races demise you'll walk into the Wal-Mart and they have air-conditioning, so it becomes more like Purgatory. *The Education System doesn't teach how to not have well grammar that good. *But my German IST GUTEN TAG!! *We were the first place that Ozzfest played at. *From time to time I'll piss blood and pass out. *Our state doesn't have universal health insurance. *Cause really, who needs that? *I know I don't. *There are cactus, so if you bring a friend along to look at the lovely scenery you're bound to hear plenty of penis jokes/friends attempting to stick their penis in the cactus hole. *If you've never seen Urban Sprawl, you're in for a ride of your life after you fly by and drive by our Sprawl. It almost looks like people are being harvested. *If you're a fan of the Matrix you might like our People Farms. Can you name my state?
I live in South Dakota, and heres a fast 50 facts of my home state.
- The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are sculpted into Mount Rushmore the world's greatest mountain carving.
- 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.
- Perhaps the most significant fur trade/military fort on the western American frontier, Fort Pierre Chouteau was the largest (almost 300' square) and best equipped trading post in the northern Great Plains. Built in 1832 by John Jacob Astor's (1763-1848) American Fur Company as part of its expansion into the Upper Missouri region, the trading activities at the site exemplified the commercial alliance critical to the success of the fur business.
- Jack McCall was tried, convicted and hanged two miles north of Yankton in 1877 for the shooting of Wild Bill Hickok. He is buried in an unmarked grave in the Yankton cemetery.
- The site of a rich gold strike in 1875, Deadwood retains its mining town atmosphere. While Deadwood is one of the most highly publicized mining towns of the trans-Mississippi West, much of its fame rests on the famous or infamous characters that passed through.
- Tom Brokaw of NBC graduated from Yankton High School and the University of South Dakota.
- 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".
- Bowdle is known for the tallest water tower in South Dakota.
- Clark is the Potato Capital of South Dakota. Clark is home to the world famous Mashed Potato Wrestling contest.
- In 1803, U.S. President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, a real-estate deal that at the time doubled the size of the United States.
- South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation.
- Custer State Park is home to a herd of 1,500 free-roaming bison. Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the bison played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sioux), who relied on the “tatanka” for food, clothing and shelter.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Badlands National Park contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old.
- Sage Creek Wilderness is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America.
- 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.
- In 1898, the first commercial timber sale on Federal forested land in the United States was authorized in the area of Jim and Estes Creeks (near the town of Nemo).
- Woonsocket is known as The Town with the Beautiful Lake. Lake Prior sits in the middle of town.
- 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.
- Sturgis is home of the annual Black Hills Classic Motorcycle Rally.
- 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 Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo details more than 250 rare automobiles including the infamous Tucker and Edsel.
- Near the shore of Lake Herman, Prairie Village includes the original townsite of Herman, Dakota Territory. It is also home of the Art B. Thomas Hershell-Spillman Carousel that is complete with its operating coal fired boiler and steam engine.
- The abundant water flow of Spearfish Creek favored the establishment of a Federal Fish Hatchery in 1898. It is known today as the D.C. Booth Historic Fish Hatchery.
- Sioux Falls exists as a city today because the land speculators who staked town site claims there in 1857 came in search of the cascades of the Big Sioux River.
- Mitchell is the home of the world's only Corn Palace.
- 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.
- The George S. Mickelson Trail is South Dakota's premier rails-to-trails project. This award winning tail stretches 114 miles from Deadwood to Edgemont.
- The Crystal Springs Ranch rodeo arena in Clear Lake was built on a drained duck pond. The former duck pond is now known as "America's Most Natural Rodeo Bowl".
- Faith is famous to paleontologists. Several Hadrosaur, Edmontosaurus annectens were excavated on a ranch north of Faith and one of the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex was excavated nearby.
- The Silent Guide Monument in Philip was built in the late 1800s by a sheepherder to mark a waterhole that never went dry. Made of flat stones, the guide originally stood fourteen feet high, and could be seen as far as thirty five miles away.
- The largest underground gold mine is the Homestake Mine in Lead.
- Mato Paha "Sacred Mountain" is the origin of many Native American legends. Rising 1400 feet above the surrounding prairie near Sturgis, and standing all by itself, Bear Butte isn't hard to find. It was used as a landmark by the plains Indians and even today it is considered sacred by the plains peoples.
- Black Hills National Cemetery "The Arlington of the West" is a final resting place of our nation's veterans.
- The Anne Hathaway Cottage at Wessington Springs is the only structure in the Midwest US that features a thatched roof. The cottage is styled after the original Anne Hathaway home in England.
- Brookings is the home of South Dakota State University, the state’s largest university, with 8100 students, and a staff of nearly 2000.
- Rivers were the highways in settling the western territory. Lewis and Clark named American Creek when they passed through the Chamberlain - Oacoma area while exploring the territory for President Jefferson in 1804.
- Yankton was the original Dakota Territorial capital city.
- Henry Holland built an English-style mill in Milbank in 1886, three years before South Dakota became a state. Until 1907 it was used by settlers to grind wheat and corn and to saw wood.
- The first & oldest Dakota daily newspaper, published in 1861 is the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan.
- The Meridian Bridge built in 1924 was the first structure built across the Missouri River in South Dakota.
- The Prairie Rattlesnake is the only venomous snake native to South Dakota. The color of the Prairie Rattlesnake varies from light brown to green, with a yellowish belly. Dark oval blotches with light colored borders run along the center of its back.
- The U.S.S. South Dakota was the most decorated battleship during World War II.
- Newton Hills State Park, south of Canton, is part of a geological feature called the Coteau des Prairie. This narrow strip of rolling hills and forests was created by glaciers and extends along the eastern edge of South Dakota. At its highest point, the Coteau rises to more than 2,000 feet above sea level.
- 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. [SIZE=-2]Thanks to: Crucesdale, JRB049, kkostel[/SIZE]
I've lived in many states, most very developed (Minn, CO, CA, FL, ect ect), yet none compare to this state. Despite it's isolation, and "dated" communities I like it the most of all I've seen.
There is a farm bording my homestead, that half ass functions to this day, even though it's run-down, and looks abandoned, it is still used to breed horses and mules. Here's a picture of some of it, from the back stretch of my properties.
I live in Ohio. But right now I feel too lazy to type up anything a length, so here's a sh*t-load of facts that I pulled off of Answers.com: Ohio: Ohio is a state in the United States. Ohio's slogan is "The Heart of It All", purportedly because of its geographic form (somewhat heart-shaped), its central location to the densely populated areas of the US, its mosaic of big cities, small towns, industry and farmland, and its critical role in "America's Heartland" (which can refer to the Midwest agricultural sector and the Great Lakes industrial base). Historically considered a part of the Midwest, Ohio is a multi-regional, cultural and geographical crossroads, with elements of the Midwest, Northeast, Appalachia and the South. "This slice of the mid-west contains a bit of everything American—part north-eastern and part southern, part urban and part rural, part hardscrabble poverty and part booming suburb," notes The Economist.  Prior to 1984, the United States Census Bureau considered Ohio part of the North Central Region. That region concept was renamed "Midwest" and split into two divisions. Ohio is now in the East North Central States division. Ohio was the first and eastern-most state admitted to the Union under the Northwest Ordinance. Its U.S. postal abbreviation is OH; its old-style abbreviation is O. Ohio is an Iroquois word meaning "good river." The name refers to the Ohio River that forms its southern border. The U.S. Navy has named several ships USS Ohio in honor of this state. History
Main article: History of Ohio Ohio, the region north of the Ohio River and south of the Great Lakes, was, like the rest of the Americas, the home of indigenous people for thousands and thousands of years. After the so-called Beaver Wars, the powerful Iroquois confederation of the New York-area claimed much of the Ohio country as a hunting and, probably most importantly, a beaver-trapping ground. After the devastation of epidemics and war in the mid-1600's, which had largely emptied the Ohio country of indigenous people by the mid-to-late seventeenth century, the land gradually became repopulated by the mostly Algonquin-speaking descendents of its ancient inhabitants, that is, descendents of the Adena, Hopewell, and Mississippian cultures. Numerous of these Ohio-country nations (described in the 1700's by an Iroquois man as "republics") were multi-ethnic and sometimes mulit-linguistic societies born out of the earlier devastation brought about by disease, subsequent social instability, and the powerful Iroquois. They, as their ancestors had for a thousand years, subsisted on agriculture (corn, sunflowers, beans, etc.) supplemented by seasonal hunts--not the "hunter-gatherer" economy represented in popular myth. By the 1650's they were, like other indigenous societies of their time, very much part of a larger global economy brought about by fur trade. The indigenous nations to inhabit Ohio in the historical period (most clearly after 1700), included the Miamis (a large confederation), Wyandots (made up of refugees, especially from the fractured Huron confederacy), Delawares (pushed west from their historic homeland in New Jersey), Shawnees (desendents of the Fort Ancient society, a Missisippian culture in the Midwest), Ottawa (more commonly associated with the upper Great Lakes region), Mingo (like the Wyandot, clearly a recently-formed composite of refugees from Iroquois and other societies) and Eries (gradually absorbed into the new, multi-ethnic "republics," namely the Wyandot). During the 18th century, the French set up a system of trading posts to control the fur trade in the region. In 1754, France and Great Britain fought a war known in the United States as the French and Indian War. As a result of the Treaty of Paris, the French ceded control of Ohio and the old Northwest to Great Britain. Britain soon passed the Proclamation of 1763, which prohibited the American colonists from settling in Ohio Country. British control of the region ended with the American victory in the American Revolution, after which the British ceded claims to Ohio and the territory in the West to the Mississippi River to the United States. The United States created the Northwest Territory under the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, also known as the Freedom Ordinance because for the first time slavery would be prohibited from an entire American region. The states of the Midwest would be known as free states, in contradistinction to those states south of the Ohio River known as slave states, and later, as Northeastern states abolished slavery in the coming two generations, the free states would be known as Northern States. Early British and American settlement of Ohio began with the Ohio Company of Virginia in the southeastern part of the state with the founding of Marietta. The Ohio Company was initially formed by the British government, but ultimately implemented by a group of American Revolutionary War veterans. Following the Ohio Company, the Miami Company (also referred to as the "Symmes Purchase") claimed the southwestern section and the Connecticut Land Company surveyed and settled the Connecticut Western Reserve in present-day Northeast Ohio. The old Northwest Territory originally included areas that had previously been known as Ohio Country and Illinois Country. As Ohio prepared for statehood, Indiana Territory was created, reducing the Northwest Territory to approximately the size of present-day Ohio plus the eastern half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and the eastern tip of the Upper Peninsula. Under the Northwest Ordinance, any of the states to be formed out of the Northwest Territory would be admitted as a state once the population exceeded 60,000. Although Ohio's population numbered only 45,000 in December 1801, Congress determined that the population was growing rapidly and Ohio could begin the path to statehood with the assumption that it would exceed 60,000 residents by the time it would become a state. On February 19, 1803, President Jefferson signed an act of U.S. Congress that recognized Ohio as the 17th state. The current custom of Congress declaring an official date of statehood did not begin until 1812, with Louisiana's admission. So, on August 7, 1953 (the year of Ohio's 150th anniversary), President Eisenhower signed an act that officially declared March 1, 1803 the date of Ohio's admittance into the Union. Known as the "Mother of Presidents", eight U.S. presidents hailed from Ohio at the time of their elections. In comparison, the State of Virginia is similarly known as the "Birthplace of Presidents" with eight U.S. presidents born there. While Ohio is only second as the birthplace of U.S. presidents (with seven), William Henry Harrison (born in Virginia) and his grandson, Benjamin Harrison, (who also lived part of his adult life in Indiana) settled in, led their political careers from and/or were buried in North Bend, Ohio on the family compound, founded by William's father-in-law John Cleves Symmes. In 1835, Ohio fought a mostly bloodless boundary war with Michigan over the Toledo Strip known as the Toledo War. Congress intervened and, as a condition for admittance as a state of the Union, Michigan was forced to accept the western two-thirds of the Upper Peninsula in exchange for giving up its claim to the Toledo Strip. See also: Category:History of Ohio Law and government
Ohio's capital is Columbus, located close to the center of the state. The Governor is Bob Taft. Ohio has 18 seats in the United States House of Representatives. Further information: Government of Ohio Geography
The Ohio coast of Lake Erie has played an important part in the history and economy of the U.S. as a whole.
Further information: List of Ohio counties, List of cities in Ohio, List of villages in Ohio, List of Ohio townships, and Ohio public lands Ohio's geographic location has proved to be an asset for economic growth and expansion. Because Ohio straddles the Northeast to the east, and the Midwest to the west, much cargo and business traffic passes through its borders on its well-developed highways. Ohio has the nation's 10th largest highway network, and is within a one-day drive of 50% of North America's population and 70% of North America's manufacturing capacity. To the North, Lake Erie gives Ohio 312 miles (502 km) of coastline, which allows for numerous seaports. Ohio's southern border is defined by the Ohio River (with the border being at the 1793 low-water mark on the north side of the river), and much of the northern border is defined by Lake Erie. It borders Pennsylvania on the east, Michigan in the northwest near Toledo, Ontario, Canada across Lake Erie to the north, Indiana to the west, Kentucky on the south, and West Virginia on the southeast. Much of Ohio features glaciated plains, with an exceptionally flat area in the northwest being known as the Great Black Swamp. This glaciated region in the northwest and central state is bordered to the east and southeast first by a belt known as the glaciated Allegheny Plateau, and then by another belt known as the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau. Most of Ohio is of low relief, but the unglaciated Allegheny Plateau features rugged hills and forests. The rugged southeastern quadrant of Ohio, stretching in an outward bow-like arc along the Ohio River from the West Virginia Panhandle to the outskirts of Cincinnati, forms a distinct socio-economic unit. Known somewhat erroneously as Ohio's "Appalachian Counties" (they are actually in the Allegheny Plateau), this area's coal mining legacy, dependence on small pockets of old manufacturing establishments, and even distinctive regional dialect set this section off from the rest of the state and, unfortunately, create a limited opportunity to participate in the generally high economic standards of Ohio. Significant rivers within the state include the Cuyahoga River, Great Miami River, Maumee River, Muskingum River, and Scioto River. The rivers in the northern part of the state drain into the northern Atlantic Ocean via Lake Erie and the St. Lawrence River, and the rivers in the southern part of the state drain into the Gulf of Mexico via the Ohio and then the Mississippi. Grand Lake St. Marys in the west central part of the state was constructed as a supply of water for canals in the canal-building era of 1820–1850. For many years this body of water, over 20 square miles (52 km²), was the largest artificial lake in the world. It should be noted that Ohio's canal-building projects were not the economic fiasco that similar efforts were in other states. Some cities, such as Dayton, owe their industrial emergence to location on canals, and as late as 1910 interior canals carried much of the bulk freight of the state. Economy
Ohio is a major producer of machines, tires and rubber products, steel, processed foods, tools, and other manufactured goods. This is not immediately obvious because Ohio specializes in producers goods (goods used to make other goods, such as machine tools, industrial chemicals, and plastic moldings). Nevertheless, there are well known Ohio consumer items including some Procter & Gamble products, Smuckers jams and jellies, and DayGlo. Ohio is the site of the invention of the airplane, resulting from the experiments of the Wright brothers in Dayton. Production of aircraft in the USA is now centered elsewhere, but a large experimental and design facility, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been located near Dayton and serves in the co-ordination of production of US military aircraft. On the base are located Wright Hill and Huffman Prairie, where many of the earliest aerodynamic experiments of the Wright brothers were performed. Ohio today also has many aerospace, defense, and NASA parts and systems suppliers scattered throughout the state. As part of the Corn Belt, agriculture also plays an important role in the state's economy. There is also a small commercial fishing sector on Lake Erie, and the principal catch is yellow perch. In addition, Ohio's historical attractions, varying landscapes, and recreational opportunities are the basis for a thriving tourist industry. Over 2,500 lakes and 43,000 miles (70,000 km) of river landscapes are a paradise for boaters, fishermen, and swimmers. Of special historical interest are the Native American archaeological sites—including grave mounds and other sites. The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that Ohio's gross state product in 2004 was $419 billion. Per capita personal income in 2003 was $30,129, 25th in the nation. Ohio's agricultural outputs are soybeans, dairy products, corn, tomatoes, hogs, cattle, poultry and eggs. Its industrial outputs are transportation equipment, fabricated metal products, machinery, food processing, and electric equipment. Demographics
Historical populations Census year Population State Rank 1800 45,365 18 1810 230,760 13 1820 581,434 5 1830 937,9034 1840 1,519,4673 1850 1,980,3293 1860 2,339,5113 1870 2,665,2603 1880 3,198,0623 1890 3,672,3294 1900 4,157,5454 1910 4,767,1214 1920 5,759,3944 1930 6,646,6974 1940 6,907,6124 1950 7,946,6275 1960 9,706,3975 1970 10,652,0176 1980 10,797,6306 1990 10,847,1157 2000 11,353,1407 As of 2005, Ohio has an estimated population of 11,464,042, which is an increase of 13,899, or 0.1%, from the prior year and an increase of 110,897 since the year 2000. This includes a natural increase since the last census of 217,877 people (that is 789,312 births minus 571,435 deaths) and a decrease due to net migration of 102,008 people out of the state. Immigration from outside the United States resulted in a net increase of 75,142 people, and migration within the country produced a net decrease of 177,150 people. As of 2004, Ohio's population included about 390,000 foreign-born (3.4%). The racial makeup of the state is:
The 5 largest ancestry groups in Ohio are German (25.2%), Irish (12.7%), African (11.5%), English (9.2%), American (8.5%). German is the largest reported ancestry in most of the counties in Ohio, especially in the northwest. Ohioans of American and British ancestry are present throughout the state as well, particularly in the south-central part of the state. The cities of Cleveland and Cincinnati are heavily black. The cities of Cleveland and Toledo have large Hispanic populations, while the Cleveland and Columbus areas have the largest Asian populations. 6.6% of Ohio's population were reported as under 5, 25.4% under 18, and 13.3% were 65 or older. Females made up approximately 51.4% of the population. Ohio Population Density Map
Ohio is mostly Protestant. There are large numbers of Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, and Pentecostals. Other notable Protestant groups include the nation's largest Amish population, and the headquarters of the United Church of Christ, which is in Cleveland. There are sizeable Jewish communities in the Cleveland (eastern suburbs), and to a lesser extent Cincinnati. Cincinnati and Cleveland also have a large population of Catholics. The religious affiliations of the people of Ohio are:
- Christianity – 82%
- Protestant – 62%
- Baptist – 15%
- Methodist – 11%
- Lutheran – 5%
- Presbyterian – 4%
- Pentecostal – 4%
- United Church of Christ – 2%
- Amish/Pietist – 1%
- Other Protestant – 20%
Politically, Ohio is considered a swing state, although state politics are dominated by Republicans. The mixture of urban and rural areas, and the presence of both large blue-collar industries and significant white-collar commercial districts leads to a balance of conservative and liberal population that (together with the state's 20 electoral votes, more than most swing states) makes the state very important to the outcome of national elections. Ohio was a deciding state in the 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry. Bush narrowly won the state's 20 electoral votes by a margin of 2 percentage points and 50.8% of the vote. The state supported Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, but supported Republican George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Ohio was also a deciding factor in the 1948 presidential election when Democrat Harry S. Truman defeated Republican Thomas Dewey (who had won the state four years earlier) and in the 1976 presidential election when Democrat Jimmy Carter defeated Republican Gerald Ford by a slim margin in Ohio and took the election. Ohio's demographics cause many to consider the state as a microcosm of the nation as a whole. Interestingly, a Republican presidential candidate has never won the White House without winning Ohio, and Ohio has gone to the winner of the election in all but two contests since 1892, backing only losers Thomas E. Dewey in 1944 (Ohio's John Bricker was his running mate) and Richard M. Nixon in 1960. Consequently, the state is very important to the campaigns of both major parties. Ohio had 20 electoral votes in the Electoral College in 2004. See also: U.S. Electoral College The most solidly Democratic areas of the state are in the northeast, including Cleveland, Youngstown, and other industrial areas. Specifically, the core of this region includes eight counties stretching east along Lake Erie from Erie County to the Pennsylvania border and south to Mahoning County. Southwestern Ohio, especially the suburbs of Cincinnati, Warren County, Butler County, and Clermont County is particularly Republican. Ohio is known as the "Modern Mother of Presidents," having sent eight of its native sons to the White House. Seven of them were Republicans, and the other was a member of the Whig Party. "Ohio has excelled as a recruiting-ground for national political leaders. Between the Civil War and 1920, seven Ohioans were elected to the presidency, ending with Harding's election in 1920. At the same time, six Ohioans sat on the US Supreme Court and two served as Chief Justices....'Not since the Virginia dynasty dominated national government during the early years of the Republic' notes historian R. Douglas Hurt, 'had a state made such a mark on national political affairs.' Ohioans dominated national politics for seventy years, because Ohio was to a large extent a microcosm of the nation. Hurt writes that the elements of that microcosm were 'the diversity of the people, the strength of the industrial and agricultural economy, and the balance between rural and urban populations.' He continues: 'The individuals who played major roles in national affairs appealed to broad national constituencies because they learned their skills in Ohio, where political success required candidates to reconcile wide differences among the voters. Ohioans were northerners and southerners as well as easterners and westerners. Consequently, Ohio's politicians addressed constituencies that were the same as those across the nation.' Finally, the pragmatic and centrist character of Ohio politics, Hurt asserts, has made it 'job-oriented rather than issue oriented.'"  See also
View of Columbus, Ohio's capital city.
See also: List of cities in Ohio Education
Colleges and universities
Main article: List of colleges and universities in Ohio
- 13 state universities
- University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
- Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
- Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio
- University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
- Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
- Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
- Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
- Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio
- University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
- Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio (Fairborn, Ohio)
- Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio
- 24 state university branch and regional campuses
- 46 liberal arts colleges and universities
- 6 free-standing state-assisted medical schools
- Medical University of Ohio (formerly Medical College of Ohio)
- (note: the Medical University of Ohio will merge with the University of Toledo, effective July 1, 2006)
Ohio is home to many professional sports teams, including six major professional sports league franchises. Ohio is currently the only state to have teams in each of the major leagues where no one city or metro area could lay claim to the "Grand Slam."National Football League Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns National Basketball Association Cleveland Cavaliers National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets Major League Soccer Columbus Crew Arena Football League Columbus Destroyers Minor League Baseball Akron Aeros Chillicothe Paints Columbus Clippers Dayton Dragons Lake County Captains Mahoning Valley Scrappers Toledo Mud Hens Central Hockey League Youngstown Steelhounds East Coast Hockey League Dayton Bombers Toledo Storm National Indoor Football League Cincinnati Marshals Dayton Bulldogs
Many major east-west transportation corridors go through Ohio. One of those pioneer routes, known in the early 1900's as "Ohio Market Route 3", was chosen in 1913 to become part of the historical Lincoln Highway which was America's first transcontinental road, connecting New York City to San Francisco. In Ohio, the Lincoln Highway linked many towns and cities together, including Canton, Mansfield, Lima, and Van Wert. The arrival of the Lincoln Highway to Ohio was a major influence on the development of the state. Upon the advent of the federal numbered highway system in 1928, the Lincoln Highway through Ohio became U.S. Highway 30. Ohio has a highly developed network of roads and interstate highways. Major east-west through routes include the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-90) in the north, I-76 through Akron to Pennsylvania, U.S. 30 (the Lincoln Highway) a bit further south through Canton, Mansfield, Lima, and Van Wert, I-70 through Columbus and Dayton, and the Appalachian Highway (Ohio 32) running from West Virginia to Cincinnati. Major north-south routes include I-75 in the west through Toledo, Dayton, and Cincinnati, I-71 through the middle of the state from Cleveland through Columbus and Cincinnati into Kentucky, and I-77 in the eastern part of the state from Cleveland down into West Virginia. The north-south routes except for I-75 are less important to non-local traffic than the east-west routes because, due to the presence of Lake Erie, they do not go through. State symbols
- State animal: White-tailed Deer
- State bird: Cardinal
- State capital: Columbus
- State flower: Scarlet Carnation
- State wildflower: Large white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
- State insect: Ladybug Beetle
- State song: "Beautiful Ohio"
- State rock song: "Hang On Sloopy"
- State tree: Buckeye
- State fossil: Trilobite genus Isotelus
- State drink: Tomato juice
- State reptile: Black racer snake
- State gemstone: Ohio Flint
- State motto: "With God all things are possible"
- Unofficial Motto: "So much to discover" adopted as part of state bicentennial campaign
Washington pionered in the 1800s became a state nov.11 1889 home to the cascade mountains has an airforce base navy base and army base Mt.rainer tallest mountain in the lower 48 mt. st. helens, blew up to smitherines and is now growing back had a standoff with the british that almost escallated into a war called the pig war. along the pacific ocean, has the tallest dam , the grand culi dam two different types of terrain on west side its forests and wet,east is dessert and dry.alligned with the border of canada. home of the boeing company
Uhh, we still execute people. One widely known dumbass was spawned here. That's all I can think of off hand. Here's some crap I've copied and didn't bother to read, because my lunch break is over in 10 minutes. (ok, so nvm, I decided to read them) The population of Texas is 21 million, not including the 16 million cattle. 70% of the population of Texas lives within 200 miles of Austin (capital). Texas possesses three of the Top Ten most populous cities in the U.S. - Houston, Dallas and San Antonio Texas' most populous county is Harris county with 3.4 million residents in Houston. The least populated county is Loving county with 67 residents. Texas has 215 cities with a population of 10,000 or more The Dallas-Fort Worth area has more residents - 5,221,801 - than 31 U.S. states. For example, Arizona has about 5.1 million residents Texas includes 267,339 square miles, or 7.4% of the nation's total area Texas' largest county is Brewster with 6,208 square miles. Connecticut (5,544 Sq Mi), Delaware (2,489 Sq Mi) and Rhode Island (1,545 Sq Mi) can fit inside this county The King Ranch itself near Corpus Christi is larger than the state of Rhode Island and includes 50,000 head of cattle Texas possesses 23,292 farms with 1,000 acres or more for a total of 132 million acres, or 80% of the state land area Texas has 90 mountains a mile or more high, with Guadalupe Peak in West Texas at 8,751 feet being the tallest Almost 10% of Texas is covered by forest which includes four national and five state forests. Average yearly rainfall totals in West Texas are less than 8 inches while in East Texas totals exceed 56 inches
Capital: Austin 28th state to enter the Union on December 29, 1845 State motto: Friendship State symbols: Bird: Mockingbird Flower: Bluebonnet Tree: Pecan Origin of name: Tejas was the Spanish pronunciation of the Caddo Indian word meaning "friends" or "allies"
Population 2004 estimate: 22,490,022 Population density (per square mile): 79.6 Cities with 100,000 or more: 21 Cities with 50,000 or more: 41 Cities with 10,000 or more: 200 Population added per day: 507 (*cough* MEXICO *cough*) Number of counties: 254
Top Ten Texas Cities: (2003 est.) 1. Houston (2,009,690) 2. San Antonio (1,214,725) 3. Dallas (1,208,318) 5. Austin (672,011) 4. Ft. Worth (585,122) 6. El Paso (584,113) 7. Arlington (335,007) 8. Corpus Christi (279,208) 9. Plano (241,991) 10. Garland (218,207)
Geography: Total land area: 267,277 square miles Forested area: 22,032 acres Four national forests, five state forests Highest point: Guadalupe Peak at 8,749 feet Lowest point: Gulf of Mexico Average precipitation for the state: 28.10 inches Record high temperature for the state: 120 degrees at Monahans, June 28, 1994 Record low temperature for the state: -23 degrees at Seminole, February 8, 1933
Per capita income: $20,654 Total labor force: 9,568,000 Principal products: Farm products: Cattle, cotton, wheat, dairy products Minerals: Petroleum, natural gas Manufacturing: Petroleum and coal products Number of banks: 877 Agriculture: Number of farms: 180,644 Land in farms (in acres): 130,886,608
I would die without my life.
19th January 2004
I wonder if all those posts content belongs to your knowledge only, or if it's also the result of a copy/paste from web pages. It's hard to say. :uhm:
HairySheepKentucky ranks 4th among U.S. states in the number of automobiles and trucks assembled. The Corvette....assembled in Kentucky.
I've been to Bowling Green to the Corvette factory, its nice. And you better live in Kentucky cause you stole my state :p Also, you forgot that KFC started here...
hey, i thought i was the only Kentuckian.... yeah i go to Bowling Green every once in a while to see the drag races, i went to the Corvette meusem once when i was little but dont remember much, ill have to go again soon KFC: Sanders first served his fried chicken during the Great Depression at a gas station he owned in Corbin, Kentucky, and later at a restaurant and motel he bought across the street. He generally served travelers, often those headed to Florida, so when plans for the new interstate highway system in the 1950s failed to include Corbin, he sold his properties and began to travel the United States to sell his chicken to restaurant owners. Sanders entered into agreements where he would receive five cents for each piece of chicken sold.  The first to take him up on the offer was Pete Harman  in Salt Lake City, Utah; together, they opened the world's first "Kentucky Fried Chicken" outlet in 1952. (The Corbin businesses did not bear that name.) Sanders sold the entire KFC franchising operation in 1964 for $2 million, and it has since been sold three more times, most recently to PepsiCo, who made it part of their Tricon Global Restaurants division, now known as Yum! Brands, Inc. In 1997, Tricon was spun off from PepsiCo. The Colonel's "secret recipe" of eleven herbs and spices remains one of the best-kept trade secrets in business. The original handwritten recipe is locked securely in a vault in Louisville, with partial copies stored elsewhere as backup. The two suppliers of the seasonings each provide only parts of the recipe, and do not know each other's identity. Not even the company's president knows the ingredient list, and the few people who do are subject to a strict confidentiality agreement. Several people have contacted KFC, claiming to have found copies of the recipe, but KFC claims that none have been correct. A couple who purchased the Colonel's original home found another handwritten recipe in the basement, and, although it was written by Sanders, it was determined to be nothing like the original. There is a KFC in 71 couintries around the world.
Heres a list of famous people from my hometown: * Terry Bisson, author * Rex Chapman, NBA basketball player (born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but raised in Owensboro) * Chuck Clark, journalist * Stephen Cohen, author, Russia expert (husband of The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel) * Johnny Depp, actor * Tom Ewell, actor * Wendell H. Ford, politician, former KY Governor and U.S. Senator (Majority Whip) * Jeff Green, David Green, and Mark Green, NASCAR drivers * Nicky Hayden, motorcycle racer * Stuart Kirby, NASCAR driver * Jeremy Mayfield, NASCAR driver * Dudley W. Morton, U.S. naval commander * John M. Spalding, WWII hero, politician * Darrell Waltrip, NASCAR driver, FOX TV Sports Commentator * Michael Waltrip, NASCAR driver * Brad Wilkerson, MLB baseball player * Mark Stuart, vocalist for Audio Adrenaline * Justin Miller, NFL football player * BJ Whitmer, professional wrestler * Brian "beej" Jackson, radio/TV personality famous people from the state also include: Muhammad Ali boxer, Louisville Alben W. Barkley vice president, Graves Cty Louis D. Brandeis jurist, Louisville John Mason Brown critic, Louisville Kit Carson scout, Madison Cty Champ Clark politician, Anderson Cty Rosemary Clooney singer, Maysville Irvin S. Cobb humorist, Paducah Jefferson Davis president of the Confederacy, Fairview Irene Dunne actress, Louisville Crystal Gayle singer, Paintsville David W. Griffith film producer, Oldham Cty Casey Jones locomotive engineer, Cayce Abraham Lincoln U.S. president, Hodgenville Brian Littrell singer, Lexington Loretta Lynn singer, Butchers Hollow Bill Monroe songwriter, Rosine Carry Amelia Nation temperance leader, Garrard Cty Patricia Neal actress, Packard Kevin Richardson singer, Lexington Wiley B. Rutledge jurist, Cloverport Diane Sawyer broadcast journalist, Glasgow Allen Tate poet and critic, Winchester Hunter Thompson writer, Louisville Frederick M. Vinson jurist, Lousia Robert Penn Warren author, Guthrie
Judging from the links, I'd say everyone's just copy-pasting from Wikipedia.
I don't know how, and I don't know why, but this is totally Sheep's fault.