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Midwestern State's Facts

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The state of Illinois

INDIANA

Indiana is a U.S. state located in the midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. Indiana is the 38th largest by area and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States.

 

        FACTS:

  • The first professional baseball game was played in Fort Wayne on May 4, 1871.

  • Santa Claus, Indiana receives over one half million letters and requests at Christmas time.

  • Before the pioneer's arrive more than 80% of Indiana was covered with forest. Now only 17% of the state is considered forested.

  • The first long-distance auto race in the U. S. was held May 30, 1911, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indianapolis 500 is held every Memorial Day weekend in the Hoosier capital city. The race is 200 laps or 500 miles long.

ILLINOIS

Illinois is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is the 6th most populous U.S. state and 25th largest state in terms of land area.

        FACTS:

  • Illinois has 102 counties.

  • The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), Chicago is the tallest building on the North American continent.

  • Metropolis the home of Superman really exists in Southern Illinois.

  • Des Plaines is home to the first McDonald's.

  • Springfield is the state capital.

  • Chicago is home to the Chicago Water Tower and Pumping Station, the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire.

  • Illinois is known for its wide variety of weather.

MICHIGAN

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name, Michigan, originates from the mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake".

FACTS

  • Detroit is known as the car capital of the world.

  • The state Capitol with its majestic dome was built in Lansing in l879.

  • Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.

  • Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States.

  • The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. it spans 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.

  • The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.

OHIO

Ohio is a Midwestern state in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Ohio is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 United States.


        FACTS:

  • Cleveland boasts America's first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5, 1914.

  • "Hang On Sloopy" is the official state rock song.

  • Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.

  • Akron was the first city to use police cars.

  • Akron is the rubber capital of the world.

  • Ohio became the 17th state on March 1, 1803.

  • Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879.

MISSOURI

Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. With over six million residents, it is the 18th-most populous state of the Union.

  • Missouri is known as the "Show Me State".

  • Missouri ties with Tennessee as the most neighborly state in the union, bordered by 8 states.

  • Kansas City has more miles of boulevards than Paris and more fountains than any city except Rome.

  • The tallest man in documented medical history was Robert Pershing Wadlow from St. Louis. He was 8 feet, 11.1 inches tall.

  • Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, Missouri is the largest beer producing plant in the nation.

  • In 1865 Missouri became the first slave state to free its slaves.

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