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    Default Monday Trivia: Rhode Island

    Interesting Facts about Rhode Island:

    The Cogswell Tower in Central Falls was the site of an Indian observation point in use during King Phillips War in 1676. The tower was built in 1904 as part of the last will and testament of Caroline Cogswell.

    Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment, prohibition.

    Judge Darius Baker imposed the first jail sentence for speeding in an automobile on August 28, 1904 in Newport.

    Polo was played for the first time in the United States in 1876 near Newport.

    Rhode Island was home to the first National Lawn Tennis Championship in 1899.

    St. Mary's, Rhode Island's oldest Roman Catholic parish was founded in 1828.
    The church is best known as the site of the wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier to John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1953.

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    The state was home to the first open golf tournament. The event occurred in 1895.

    Rhode Island has no county government. It is divided into 39 municipalities each having its own form of local government.

    The Flying Horse Carousel is the nation's oldest carousel. It is located in the resort town of Watch Hill. It was originally rotated by huge draft horses, and was built in 1850.

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    The first circus in the United States was in Newport in 1774.

    Ann and Hope was the first discount department store in the United States the property was opened in Rhode Island.

    Rhode Island's official state name is Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

    George M. Cohan was born in Providence in 1878. He wrote, "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and a wide variety of other musical entertainment.

    Rhode Island is known for making silverware and fine jewelry.

    The world's largest bug is on the roof of New England Pest Control in Providence. It's a big blue termite, 58 feet long and 928 times actual termite size.

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    Rhode Islanders were the first to take military action against England by sinking one of her ships in the Narragansett Bay located between Newport and Providence. The English ship was called "The Gaspee".

    Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, established the first practical working model of Democracy after he was banished from Plymouth, Massachusetts because of his "extreme views" concerning freedom of speech and religion.

    The era know as The Industrial Revolution started in Rhode Island with the development and construction in 1790 of Samuel Slater's water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket.

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    Though second in command to George Washington, Nathaniel Greene, a Rhode Islander, is acknowledged by many historians as having been the most capable and significant General of the Revolutionary effort. Cornwallis feared Greene and his forces most. Greene ultimately defeated Cornwallis.

    Standing 11 feet tall and 278 feet above ground the Independent Man is a gold-covered, bronze statue placed atop the State House on December 18, 1899.

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    A reproduction of the original Liberty Bell is in the entrance hall on the south entrance to the State House. It was donated to the people of the state by the United States Treasury Department in 1950, when Harry S. Truman was president. It is about 3-1/2 feet tall and the diameter of the bell at its widest part is approximately 3-1/2 feet. It is such a realistic copy that is even has a crack similar to the original Liberty Bell.

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    At Little Compton is home to the gravesite of the first girl born to colonists in New England. The baby was the daughter of pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden.

    Built in 1880 Channing Memorial Church was named for William Ellery Channing, a leader in the Unitarian Church and the abolitionist movement. Julia Ward Howe, author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", attended this church.

    The White Horse Tavern was built in 1673 and is the oldest operating tavern in the United States.

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    Rhode Island founder Roger Williams established the First Baptist Church in America in 1638. The existing structure was built in 1775.

    The Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport is the United States' oldest library building.

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    New England's oldest Masonic Temple in Warren was built in the 18th century with timbers from British frigates sunk in Newport Harbor during the Revolutionary War.

    Nine Men's Misery monument in Cumberland is the oldest known monument to veterans in the United States. It was erected in memory of the colonists killed in Pierce's Fight during King Phillips War in 1676.

    Portsmouth is home to the oldest schoolhouse in the United States. The school was built in 1716.

    Since 1785 Bristol has the longest running, unbroken series of 4th of July Independence Day observances in the country.

    Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge in Foster is the only remaining covered bridge in Rhode Island.

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    The first Afro-American regiment to fight for America made a gallant stand against the British in the Battle of Rhode Island.

    The first torpedo boat "Stiletto" was built in Bristol in 1887.

    Pelham Street in Newport was the first street in the country to use gas-illuminated streetlights.

    The Quonset hut was invented at Quonset Point a key naval reserve base.

    Mr. Potato Head was named as the official “family-travel ambassador” of Rhode Island in 2000. It makes sense with the Hasbro headquarters located in Pawtucket. He was also the first toy to be advertised on television.

    Glendale claims to be home to the world’s oldest penny arcade, with some games dating back to the 1920s, still operating at their original price.

    Next time you pay with a dollar bill, remember that Rhode Islander Gilbert Stuart was the artist behind the George Washington portrait featured on the bill.

    In 1640, Anne Hutchinson became the first woman to establish an American town, Portsmouth, R.I.

    Newport may be home to the oldest standing building in America, the Viking Tower in Truro Park, with some estimates pulling its construction at 1120 AD.

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    Some Strange Laws in Rhode Island:

    - Throwing pickle juice on a trolley is an offense in Rhode Island.
    - Intentionally biting off someone's limb is understandably illegal in the Ocean State.
    - In case you were considering stringing rope lower than 14 feet across a highway in the state, don't. It's illegal.
    - Riding a horse on the highway for the purpose of testing its speed is not allowed either.
    - Professional sports, with the exception of hockey and ice polo, need a special license to play on Sundays.
    - There is a law requiring loud noises to be made whenever you're passing someone on the left.
    - It is illegal to coast downhill in neutral in the state.
    - Both challenging, or accepting a dual is illegal in the state.
    - Cap guns are illegal.

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    Default Re: Monday Trivia: Rhode Island

    Wow that's some interesting facts.

    Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

    Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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    Default Re: Monday Trivia: Rhode Island

    Rhode Island is one of my favorite places to visit. On my bucket list is to drive to the end of Long Island and take the ferry to Block Island......someday.

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    Default Re: Monday Trivia: Rhode Island

    Interesting facts.

    Thanks Anita.

    Gina

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    Default Re: Monday Trivia: Rhode Island

    That covered bridge & fall foliage sure is pretty. Thanks for taking time to share all these interesting facts with us. I'd love to visit New England to view the fall colors, but it probably will never happen. I guess I always can browse pics on the web.

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    Default Re: Monday Trivia: Rhode Island

    I was born and raised in RI and live in MA just over the line. There's a lot packed into the "biggest little state in the Union". It's the most glorious place in the summer. As a kid in the 50's-60's, our grandparents would take us to Crescent Park on Narragansett Bay in the evenings where we'd enjoy chowder, clamcakes and watermelon in the shore dinner hall, then walk across the street to the amusement park. I remember riding the carousel, built in 1895, with my grandmother. It has been lovingly restored and last summer I rode it with our granddaughter.

    A few more fun facts:

    The Big Blue Bug's name is Nibbles Woodaway and he's decorated for the holiday season with lights and a big red nose, ala Rudolph.

    The state house dome is the 4th largest self-supported marble dome in the world.

    My LQS is in an old mill built in 1844, part of the complex of mills near Ann & Hope. It was originally a dying room for wool.

    Newport is not to be missed. It was founded in the early 1600's and lots of colonial homes have been preserved. In the 1800's ultra-wealthy families (Vanderbilts and Astors) built the guilded mansions and many of them are open for touring. Newport is a sailing city and was home to the America's Cup 12 meter races from 1857-1983.

    There are many gorgeous state beaches on both sides of the bay...some very popular and big, others small and secluded. The shore is beautiful in every season.

    The capitol, Providence, is a vibrant city filled with history and amazing restaurants.

    Oh, I could go on and on but you get the picture. If you're visiting southern New England you shouldn't miss it.
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