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South Dakota

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in 1927. Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it's now deemed priceless.
     
  2. The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are sculpted into Mount Rushmore the world's greatest mountain carving.
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South Carolina

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. Campbell's Covered Bridge built in 1909, is the only remaining covered bridge in South Carolina. Off Hwy 14 near Gowensville.
     
  2. The salamander was given the honor of official state amphibian.
     
  3. The walls of the American fort on Sullivan Island, in Charleston Harbor, were made of spongy Palmetto logs. This was helpful in protecting the fort because the British cannonballs bounced off the logs.

Rhode Island

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. Rhode Island is the smallest state in size in the United States. It covers an area of 1,214 square miles. Its distances North to South are 48 miles and East to West 37 miles.
     
  2. Rhode Island was the last of the original thirteen colonies to become a state.
     
  3. Rhode Island shares a state water border with New York.
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Pennsylvania

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. Pennsylvania is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate.
     
  2. In 1909 the first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh.
     
  3. Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States.
     
  4. In 1913 the first automobile service station opened in Pittsburgh.
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Oregon

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. Oregon's state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.
     
  2. Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.
     
  3. The Columbia River gorge is considered by many to be the best place in the world for windsurfing.
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Oklahoma

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. On July 25, 2000, Governor Keating announced plans to construct a dome on the Oklahoma State Capitol Building. Construction is slated to begin April 2001 with an estimated completion date of November 2002.
     
  2. The world's first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935. Carl C. Magee, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is generally credited with originating the parking meter. He filed for a patent for a "coin controlled parking meter" on May 13, 1935.
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Ohio

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865.
     
  2. Cleveland boasts America's first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914.
     
  3. Ermal Fraze invented the pop-top can in Kettering.
     
  4. James J. Ritty, of Dayton, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop his patrons from pilfering house profits.
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