An Introduction to Pennsylvania…

A few fun facts:


Pennsylvania Firsts:


Hospital,  Library,  Zoo,  Newspaper,  Nation’s Capitol,  all motion-picture theater,  television broadcast,  radio broadcast,  educational public-television station,  paper mill,  druggist, locomotive for railroad use,  high-speed multi-lane highway – the Pennsylvania Turnpike,  Banana Split,  electronic computer built,  commercial use of computer,  cable television,  educational public television station, government low-interest, long term business financing program…


Population – 12,281,054 (as of 2000) [Pennsylvania is the sixth most populous state in the USA, after California, New York, Texas, Florida and Illinois]


Bordering States – New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio

Width:  310 miles (E to W)  180 miles (N to S)


Highest point:  Mt. Davis, Somerset County 3,213 feet. Somerset County was also the site of the September 11, 2001 crash of Flight 93.


Largest County: Lycoming County with its county seat of Williamsport (the Home of Little League Baseball) is larger than the State of Rhode Island. Bradford County is second in size.


Counties with NO traffic lights: Forest County and Perry County


Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States.


In 1946 Philadelphia became home to the first computer.


Drake Well Museum in Titusville is on the site where Edwin L. Drake drilled the world’s first oil well in 1859 and launched the modern petroleum industry.


The Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg is the longest stone arch bridge in the world.


Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World.


Pennsylvania is the only original colony not bordered by the Atlantic Ocean.


Indiana County is the Christmas Tree capital of the world. 


Little League Baseball’s first World Series was held in 1946 in Williamsport. 


Nazareth is the home of Martin guitars. Finger picking good since 1833.


The State College Area High School was the first school in the country to teach drivers education in 1958. 


Punxsutawney citizens are proud to be over shadowed by their town’s most famous resident the world-renowned weather forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney is billed as the weather capital of the world.




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