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Fun Poconos and Pennsylvania Trivia & Facts

 

The first commercial ski area opened in Pennsylvania in the winter of 1946

 The first steam locomotive in America, the Stourbridge Lion, made its trail run in Honesdale, Wayne County.  The gas turbine electric locomotive, a revolutionary train engine, was first track tested in Pennsylvania on November 15, 1948. 

 The fare for passengers on the Pennsylvania Canal in the 1830s was 2 cents per mile.

 Charles King, while serving as a research scientist at the University of Pittsburgh, discovered that Vitamin C helps prevent scurvy.

 Golfer Arnold Palmer was born in Pennsylvania and was named Athlete of the Decade in 1970 by The Associated Press.

The first helicopter flight took place in Pennsylvania in 1928.

 The U.S. Mint at Philadelphia’s Seventh and Arch streets, established in 1792, became the first public building and land owned by the federal government.

 Singer Perry Como (1912-2001) was born in Pennsylvania.  Before he became a singer, his first career was as a barber.

 Forest County and Perry County in Pennsylvania have no traffic lights. 

 Little League Baseball was founded in Pennsylvania. 

 There are 1,379,002 acres of State Game Lands. 

 The Yuenling Brewery, the first commercial brewery in the United States, was established in Pottsville in 1829.

 In 1886, the nation’s first electric cars were introduced in Scranton as the core of the city’s streetcar system.

 Pennsylvania was settled in 1643.  Philadelphia was the state capital during the Revolutionary War. 

 York, Pennsylvania was the first capital of the United States. 

 Pennsylvania is called the Keystone State because it was the center of the original thirteen colonies.  It held the colonies together like the “keystone” in a window or door arch.

 The Constitution of the United States, The American Declaration of Independence, and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address were all written in Pennsylvania.

 The state flower of Pennsylvania is the Mountain Laurel.

 The state tree of Pennsylvania is the Hemlock.

 The state bird of Pennsylvania is the Ruffed Grouse.

 The state animal of Pennsylvania is the Whitetail Deer.

 The state motto of Pennsylvania is “Virtue, Liberty, and Independence”



Inventions in Pennsylvania:

  • Daylight Savings Time (Ben Franklin)
  • Ferris Wheel (George Ferris, 1892-1893)
  • Pencil with an attached eraser (Hyman L. Lipman, 1858)
  • Typewriter (J.D. Daugherty, 1881)
  • Root Beer (1876)
  • Bifocal Glasses (Ben Franklin, 1874)
  • Revolving Door (Theophilus Van Kennel, 1888)
  • Bingo (Hugh J. Ward, 1920’s)
  • Slinky (Richard James, 1945)
  • Kevlar (Stephanie Kwolek, 1966)
  • Big Mac (Jim Delligatti, 1967)
  • Zippo lighter (George C. Blaisdell, 1932)
  • Bubblegum (Walter E. Diemer, 1928)

 

   

 

    

         

 

     

 

 

 

    

 

 
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