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Indiana

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. The first long-distance auto race in the U. S. was held May 30, 1911, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The winner averaged 75 miles an hour and won a 1st place prize of $14,000. Today the average speed is over 167 miles an hour and the prize is more than $1.2 million.
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Illinois

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. Ottawa, Freeport, Jonesboro, Charleston, Galesburg, Quincy and Alton hosted the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates that stirred interest all over the country in the slavery issue.
     
  2. The first Aquarium opened in Chicago, 1893.
     
  3. The world's first Skyscraper was built in Chicago, 1885.
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Idaho

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. The Cataldo mission is the oldest building in the state.
     
  2. American Falls is unique from most communities because the entire town was moved in the mid-1920s when the original American Falls Dam was constructed.
     
  3. Rexburg is home to Ricks College, the largest private two-year college in the nation.
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Hawaii

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.
     
  2. Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.
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Georgia

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. Okefenokee Swamp encompasses over 400,000 acres of canals; moss draped cypress trees, and lily pad prairies providing sanctuaries for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife including several endangered species.
     
  2. Cumberland Island National Seashore contains the ruins of Dungeness, the once magnificent Carnegie estate. In addition, wild horses graze among wind swept dunes.
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Florida

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park.
     
  2. Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.
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Delaware

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States constitution. It did so on December 7, 1787.
     
  2. Delaware shares a semi-circular border with Pennsylvania. The border was drawn at the time of the original land grants to William Penn from King Charles II and the Duke of York.
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Connecticut

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. The first telephone book ever issued contained only fifty names. The New Haven District Telephone Company published it in New Haven in February 1878.
     
  2. The USS Nautilus - the world's first nuclear powered submarine was built in Groton in 1954.
     
  3. Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).
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Colorado

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. "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.
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California

Fast Facts and Trivia

  1. California's Mount Whitney measures as the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Its most famous climb is Mount Whitney Trail to the 14,495 feet summit. Wilderness permits are required.
     
  2. In 1925 a giant sequoia located in California's Kings Canyon National Park was named the nation's national Christmas tree. The tree is over 300 feet in height.
     
  3. More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.
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