The Buckeye State"
Location: 39.988N, 082.987W
Source of Information: 50states.com
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Statehood: Ohio became the 17th state
on March 1, 1803
State Capitol: Columbus in Franklin Co.
Ohio's State Website:
State Bird is the Cardinal
State Flower is the Scarlet Carnation Dianthus
Meaning of the word Ohio: The word Ohio is an Indian word
that means "Great River"
The Ohio State Flag was was adopted in 1902.
Called the Ohio burgee, as the swallowtail design is properly
called, it was designed by John Eisemann. The large blue
triangle represents Ohio's hills and valleys, the stripes represent
roads and waterways. The 13 stars grouped about the circle
represent the original states of the union; the 4 stars added to the
peak of the triangle symbolize that Ohio was the 17th state admitted
to the union. The white circle with its red center not only
represents the "O" in Ohio, but also suggests Ohio's famous
nickname, "The Buckeye State.".
"Beautiful Ohio" is the official state song.
The state tree is the Ohio Buckeye - Hippocastanaceae Aesculus
The State Motto "With God, all things are possible"
State Official Insect: Ladybug.
State Animal: White-tailed Deer
State Reptile: Black Racer snake
State Fossil: Trilobite isotelus - A marine arthropod with
a three-part body; it lived from 245 to 540 millions years ago
State Drink: Tomato Juice
At 1,550, Campbell Hill is Ohio's highest point above sea
Ohio's geographic center is located in Delaware, a community located
25 miles North Northeast of Columbus
Ohio's lowest elevation point is at the Ohio River, 433 feet
-- Agriculture: Soybeans, dairy products, corn, tomatoes,
hogs, cattle, poultry and eggs.
-- Industry: Transportation equipment, fabricated metal products,
machinery, food processing, electric equipment.
-- Manufacturing, (steel, cars, airplanes, rubber products,
chemicals, plastics), farming, mining (coal)
People of Note born in Ohio
People from Ohio are called Ohioans.
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 1869-1877
Born: April 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio
Rutherford Birchard Hayes,
Born: October 4, 1822, in Delaware, Ohio
James Abram Garfield, 1881
Born: November 19, 1831, in Orange, Ohio
Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893
Born: August 20, 1833, in North Bend, Ohio
William McKinley, 1897-1901
Born: January 29, 1843, in Niles, Ohio
William Howard Taft, 1909-1913
Born: September 15, 1857, in Cincinnati, Ohio
Warren Gamaliel Harding,
Born: November 2, 1865, near Corsica (now Blooming Grove), Ohio
Notable Incidents in History
The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865.
Cleveland boasts America's first traffic light. It began on Aug. 5,
Ermal Fraze invented the pop-top can in Kettering.
James J. Ritty, of Dayton, invented the cash register in 1879 to
stop his patrons from pilfering house profits.
"Hang On Sloopy" is the official state rock song.
Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.
The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to span the
confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. The current bridge
is the fifth construction at the same location. "Ripley's Believe It
or Not" proclaimed it the only bridge in the world which you can
cross and still be on the same side of the river.
Akron was the first city to use police cars.
Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department.
Akron is the rubber capital of the world.
The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus.
Ohio senator John Glenn became the oldest man to venture into outer
On February 20, 1962 he was the first American to orbit the earth.
In October of 1998 at age 77 he returned to the space program and
traveled back into space.
Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse and nursery plants.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton.
Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. He was from
The Wright Brothers are acknowledged as inventors of the first
airplane they were from Dayton.
The popular television sit-com, "The Drew Cary Show" is set in
East Liverpool was the beginning point of the United States Public
Land Survey. The location was the area from which a rectangular-grid
land survey system was established under the Ordinance of 1785. The
survey provided for administration and subdivision of land in the
Old Northwest Territory. The Ordinance stipulated that all public
lands were to be divided into townships six miles square.
Seven United States presidents were born in Ohio. They are: Ulysses
S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison,
William McKinley, William H. Taft, and Warren G. Harding.
Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven
Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.
The first full time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in
In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working
Ohio gave America its first hot dog in 1900. Harry M. Stevens
created the popular dining dog.
Ohio became the 17th state on March 1, 1803.
East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the
first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light. The boy
chosen for the 1948 newsreel to demonstrate its operation was Louis
Ohio has an area of 116,103 sq miles. It ranks 34th in state size.
Columbus is the state capital and Ohio's largest city.
50% of the United States population lives within a 500 mile radius
Dresden is the home of the world's largest basket. It is located at
Basket Village USA.
Fostoria is the only city to be situated in three counties (Seneca,
Hancock & Wood).
Ohio's state flag is a pennant design. It is the only state flag of
that design in the United States.
Ohio University was founded in 1804 at Athens and is recognized as
the first university in Ohio and in the Northwest Territory.
Oberlin College was founded in 1833.It was the first interracial and
coeducational college in the United States.
The Glacial Grooves on the north side of Kelleys Island are the
largest easily accessible such grooves in the world. They were
scoured into solid limestone bedrock about 18,000 years ago by the
great ice sheet that covered part of North America.
Marietta was Ohio's first permanent settlement. Founded in 1788 by
General Rufus Putnam and named in honor of Marie Antoinette, then
queen of France.
Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted
electrically in 1879.
Ohio is known as the Buckeye State.
Thomas A. Edison from Milan developed the incandescent light bulb,
phonograph, and early motion picture camera.
John Lambert of Ohio City made America's first automobile in 1891.
Charles Kettering of Loundonville invented the automobile
self-starter in 1911.
Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process of vulcanizing
rubber in 1839.
Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938.
You know you're from Ohio if...
W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon patented chewing gum in 1869.
John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African
American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm
Long jumper DeHart Hubbard was the first African American to earn an
Olympic Gold Medal. The award occurred during the 1924 Olympics
games held in Paris. He set the record for long jumping.
Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals in the
1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Paul Laurence Dunbar of Dayton is known as the poet laureate of