Fun Facts About Ohio

  • Ohio is a state in the Midwestern United States.
  •  Ohio is the 34th most extensive, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.
  • The state's capital and largest city is Columbus
  • The name "Ohio" originated from Iroquois word ohi-yo’, meaning "great river".
  • The state, originally partitioned from the Northwest Territory, was admitted to the Union as the 17th state (and the first under the Northwest Ordinance) on March 1, 1803. 
  •  Although there are conflicting narratives regarding the origin of the nickname, Ohio is historically known as the "Buckeye State" (relating to the Ohio buckeye tree) and Ohioans are also known as "Buckeyes".
  • Chewing gum was patented in Ohio
  • John Glenn and Neal Armstrong are both from Ohio
  • Seven US Presidents were born in Ohio (Grant, Hayes, Harrison, McKinley, Taft, Harding, Garfield)
  • The first ambulance service was established in Ohio
  • Cleveland had America's first traffic light
  • The inventor of the cash register was from Dayton
  • Akron was the first city to use police cars
  • Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants (that one was for you Grandma Reesa)
  • The Wright Brothers were from Dayton
  • Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.
  • Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900
  • Cleveland was voted "The Worst Winter Weather" by Forbes magazine.

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Ohio's state symbols:
  • State animal: White-tailed Deer (1987)
  • State beverage: Tomato juice (1965)
  • State bird: Cardinal (1933)
  • State capital: Columbus (1816)
  • State flower: Red carnation (1904)
  • State fossil: Isotelus maximus, a trilobite (1985)
  • State herb capital: Gahanna (1972)
  • State insect: Ladybug (1975)
  • State motto: "With God all things are possible." (1959)
  • State reptile: Black racer snake (1995)
  • State rock song: "Hang On Sloopy" (1985)
  • State song: "Beautiful Ohio" (1969)
  • State stone: Ohio Flint (1965)
  • State tree: Buckeye (1953)
  • State wildflower: Large white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) (1986)

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