State capital is Santa Fe Each October Albuquerque hosts the worlds largest international hot air balloon fiesta. The Rio Grande is New Mexicos longest river and runs the entire length of New Mexico. The leaves of the Yucca, New Mexicos state flower, can be used to make rope, baskets and sandals. The Palace of Governors in Santa Fe, built in 1610, is one of the oldest public buildings in America.
The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843. New York City has 722 miles of subway track. The first daily Yiddish newspaper appeared in 1885 in New York City. The first capital of the United States was New York City. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.
City capital Raleigh In 1903 the Wright Brothers made the first successful powered flight by man at Kill Devil Hill near Kitty Hawk. The Wright Memorial at Kitty Hawks now commemorates their achievement. The World War II battleship North Carolina is permanently berthed on the Cape Fear River at Wilmington. She was saved from the scrap heap in the 1960s by public subscription, including donations of dimes by schoolchildren. Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern in 1898. North Carolina leads the nation in furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile production.
Ohio became the 17th state on March 1, 1803. In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women. Columbus is the state capital and Ohios largest city. Ohio is known as the Buckeye State. The Wright Brothers are acknowledged as inventors of the first airplane they were from Dayton. .
Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state. The Columbia River gorge is considered by many to be the best place in the world for windsurfing. Oregons second highest waterfall is Salt Creek Falls in the Cascade Mountain range. It drops 286 feet. The small village of Bickelton is filled with bluebird houses seen on the posts of every house. The Oregon Trail is the longest of the overland routes used in the westward expansion of the United States.
When Tennessee became a state in 1796, the total population was 77,000. Tennessee has more than 3,800 documented caves. The Tennessee Aquarium is the largest facility of its kind to focus on fresh water habitat. It features 7,000 animals and 300 species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. The city of Murfreesboro lies in the exact geographical center of the state. The name "Tennessee" originated from the old Yuchi Indian word, "Tana-see," meaning "The Meeting Place."
The Great Salt Lake covers 2,100 square miles, with an average depth of 13 feet. The deepest point is 34 feet. The average snowfall in the mountains near Salt Lake City is 500 inches. Utah has 11,000 miles of fishing streams and 147,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs. Utah has the highest literacy rate in the nation. Utah covers 84,900 square miles of land and is ranked 11th largest state in the United States.
Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959. The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times. Dog mushing is the official state sport. The Alaska Legislature adopted it in 1972. The state motto is North to the Future. The jade is the official state gemstone.
There are more than 300,000 tons of grapes grown in California annually. The Hollywood Bowl is the worlds largest outdoor amphitheater. More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States. Sequoia National Park contains the largest living tree. Its trunk is 102 feet in circumference. In Pacific Grove there is a law on the books establishing a $500 fine for molesting butterflies.