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    Default Monday Trivia: Pennsylvania

    Some Interesting Facts about Pennsylvania:

    Pennsylvania is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate.

    In 1909 the first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh.

    Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States.

    In 1913 the first automobile service station opened in Pittsburgh.

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    In 1946 Philadelphia became home to the first computer. The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer–was invented at the University of Pennsylvania in 1946.

    The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 1784.

    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.

    In Philadelphia in 1775 Johann Behrent built the first piano in America calling it under the name "Piano Forte."

    Philadelphia is the site of the first presidential mansion.

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    Betsy Ross made the first American flag in Philadelphia.

    "Doctor, if you don't give me something to help me breathe, I'm going to stop!" came the urgent cry of 16-year old Frederick Gable of Loganville. Vowing not to lose another patient to pneumonia, Dr. George Holtzapple successfully created the first application of oxygen, thus saving his patient's life and winning international fame through his discovery. The year was 1885.

    Philadelphia is home to the cheesesteak sandwich, water ice, soft pretzels, and TastyKakes, Herr’s, Planter’s and Snyder’s of Hanover.

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

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    The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776.

    KDKA radio in Pittsburgh produced the first commercial radio broadcast.

    Each year on Christmas day the "Crossing of the Delaware" is reenacted at Washington Crossing.

    The Liberty Tunnel in Pittsburgh opened in 1924. At that time the 5,700 foot facility was the longest artificially ventilated automobile tunnel in the world.

    Benjamin Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, the first public zoo in the United States.

    Actor Jimmy Stewart was born and raised in the town of Indiana. Each year at Christmas the downtown area is decorated in the theme of the film "It's a Wonderful Life".

    Pittsburgh is famous for manufacturing steel. Its professional football team is named the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the largest city park with over 8,000 acres.

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    Pittsburgh has over 300 sets of city maintained steps. If they were stacked on top of each other, they would reach over 26,000 feet high. They would measure higher than a lot of the Himalayan Mountains.

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    In 1883, the City Hotel (now called the Hotel Edison) in Sunbury, Pennsylvania was the first building to be lit with Thomas Edison’s three-wire system.

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    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.

    Philadelphia was once the United States capital city.

    The first coal festival was held 201 years after the establishment of "Peter's Camp" on Memorial weekend 1993 in Blossburg.

    The oldest stone railroad bridge in use in Pennsylvania is the Starrucca Viaduct that crosses PA Route 171 north of Lanesboro in Susquehanna County.

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    In June 1778, a 700 wagon caravan escorted the Liberty Bell on its return to Philadelphia from Allentown along Towamencin's Allentown Road. Nine months earlier, when British troops threatened to capture the city, the bell had been whisked into hiding via the same route. Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell.

    The Shenango River Dam near Sharpsville is a concrete gravity dam with an uncontrolled center spillway. The roadway crossing the top of the dam, over the spillway is nearly 68 feet above the streambed. The dam has a top length of 720 feet with a base width of 66 feet.

    When completed in 1882, the Kinzua Railroad Bridge near Mount Jewett was acclaimed "the highest and longest railroad viaduct in the entire world." Rising 301 feet from the valley floor at its center, with a total length of 2100 feet.

    Ringing Hill in Lower Pottsgrove Township is named after the "ringing rocks" which were known for the unique ringing sound they made when struck by a hammer.

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    During the depression canned goods served as admission to The Star Theater in Mercersburg to help supply the local soup kitchen.

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    Located in the Grape Coast region of Pennsylvania the city of North East has four thriving wineries and is home to the largest Welch's grape processing plant in the country.

    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.


    Some Interesting Laws in Pennsylvania:

    - No deals in humanity, by trading, bartering, buying, or selling of infant children (there has to be a law for this?)
    - Fortune telling is illegal.
    - Bingo is illegal for felons.
    - It's illegal to shoot anyone with a paintball gun if they aren't playing the game with you.
    - A child's bedroom may not be more than 200 feet away from the bathtub, shower or toilet.
    - It is unlawful for a person to use or possess Goldfish or Koi as bait while fishing.
    - It is illegal to hunt a*big game animal that is swimming. And it's also illegal to hunt in a cemetery...
    - It is illegal to ride in a boat on a trailer while it is being driven on a highway — same goes for mobile homes on trailers. This is probably for the best.*
    - There's a reason Pennsylvania car dealerships are closed on Sunday: It would be illegal for them to sell you a car.*It's a vestige of Pennsylvania's blue laws — laws designed to keep Sunday a day of rest. And while many of those laws have been repealed, the one restricting the sale of vehicles remains on the lot.
    - All liquor stores must be run by the state.

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    Default Re: Monday Trivia: Pennsylvania

    I visited Philadelphia a couple of times while on a quilting trip. One year myself and another friend visited the market, saw the liberty bell, visited Benjamin Franklin's gravesite, AND ran up the famous "Rocky steps".
    Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!

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    Default Re: Monday Trivia: Pennsylvania

    I love the post about my state...there were many things I knew, but lots that I didn't....thank you so much!
    Carol

    Sewing Mends The Soul ~ Author Unknown

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    Default Re: Monday Trivia: Pennsylvania

    My dad's family came from PA. I lived in Wilkes-Barre when I was a little girl. My sis & I took a "back to our roots" trip in 2003, which was memorable. I see no mention was made of Lancaster Co. & the Amish, but that's a fascinating area. Now that I'm into quilting, I'd love to go back there for another visit. We also went to Philadelphia & saw the Liberty Bell.

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