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.
fare for passengers on the Pennsylvania Canal in the 1830s was 2
cents per mile.
King, while serving as a research scientist at the University of
Pittsburgh, discovered that Vitamin C helps prevent scurvy.
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.
U.S. Mint at Philadelphia’s Seventh and Arch streets, established
in 1792, became the first public building and land owned by the
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.
Yuenling Brewery, the first commercial brewery in the United States,
was established in Pottsville in 1829.
1886, the nation’s first electric cars were introduced in Scranton
as the core of the city’s streetcar system.
settled in 1643. Philadelphia was the state capital during the Revolutionary
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.
Constitution of the United States, The American Declaration of Independence,
and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address were all written in Pennsylvania.
state flower of Pennsylvania is the Mountain Laurel.
state tree of Pennsylvania is the Hemlock.
state bird of Pennsylvania is the Ruffed Grouse.
state animal of Pennsylvania is the Whitetail Deer.
state motto of Pennsylvania is “Virtue, Liberty, and Independence”
Inventions in Pennsylvania:
Savings Time (Ben Franklin)
Wheel (George Ferris, 1892-1893)
with an attached eraser (Hyman L. Lipman, 1858)
(J.D. Daugherty, 1881)
Glasses (Ben Franklin, 1874)
Door (Theophilus Van Kennel, 1888)
(Hugh J. Ward, 1920’s)
(Richard James, 1945)
(Stephanie Kwolek, 1966)
Mac (Jim Delligatti, 1967)
lighter (George C. Blaisdell, 1932)
(Walter E. Diemer, 1928)