5 Facts About 5 States #1
Last updated: Tuesday February 22nd, 2022
There is no official nickname for Alabama. Alabama is known as the Yellowhammer State, the Heart of Dixie, and the Cotton State, but no official nickname has been assigned. Here are the nicknames for Alabama's three largest cities to make up for it: Huntsville, The Rocket City; Mobile, The Azalea City or Home of Mardi Gras; Montgomery, The Cradle of the Confederacy.
Alabama is where windshield wipers were first invented. In the winter of 1903, Alabaman Mary Anderson visited New York and observed how the motorman had to exit the vehicle and wipe the snow and sleet from the windshield while riding in a streetcar. Anderson devised a swinging arm device with a rubber blade that the driver could use inside the vehicle as a solution. Anderson was granted a patent for her car-window cleaning device, but she never made any money from it. Mechanical wipers, on the other hand, became standard equipment on American automobiles by 1913.
Dothan, Alabama is known as the "Peanut Capital of the World." Within a 100-mile radius of Dothan, Alabama, about half of the peanuts grown in the United States are grown. Alabama is the third largest producer of peanuts in the United States, with about 900 farmers.
The city of Barrow is the farthest north. The state's longest and shortest days are both found in Barrow. The sun doesn't set for nearly three months after it rises on May 10. Barrow residents will not see the sun again for nearly two months after the sun sets on November 18. A visit to Barrow in the summer will show you why Alaska is known as the Land of the Midnight Sun.
17 of North America's tallest mountains are found in Alaska. Alaska is home to 17 of the country's highest peaks, including Denali, the highest peak in North America at 20,320 feet above sea level. According to a National Park Service article, Denali has been given unique names by nine Alaska Native groups and five Athabaskan languages, all of which translate to "The Great One" or "The Tall One."
The trans-Alaska pipeline is over 800 miles long. From Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, it passes through rugged terrain (including three mountain ranges). The pipeline has carried over 18 billion barrels of oil. Between 1969 and 1977, 77,000 people were employed on the pipeline project.
In 1975, Arizona aided in the transformation of the fast food industry. McDonald's in Sierra Vista opened the company's first drive-through window at that time. Soldiers from Fort Huachuca were not allowed to leave their vehicles while wearing fatigues off-post at the time. Near the base, the owner of a McDonald's franchise pushed out a portion of one wall and installed a sliding glass window. Big Macs flew out the window as fast as the crew could make them, and lines of hungry soldiers stretched around the building. Our eating habits were forever changed, for better or worse, and the phrase "Please pull up to the window" entered the lexicon.
Arizona owns the actual London Bridge. We take it for granted because it's been here for nearly 50 years. But, when you think about it, the fact that London Bridge spans a Colorado River channel in Lake Havasu City is about as strange as it gets. Robert P. McCulloch, Sr., the founder of Lake Havasu City, paid $2.46 million for the world's largest antique in 1968. The structure was dismantled, with each of the 10,276 granite blocks being individually numbered before being shipped from London to Arizona and meticulously reassembled. Ornate lampposts made from Napoleon Bonaparte's cannons captured at Waterloo were also included in the deal. After a three-year construction period, the bridge was dedicated in October 1971.
The Kitt Peak National Observatory in the "Cotton State" also houses the world's largest aperture solar telescope. Kitt Peak, in the Sonora desert, is a collection of astronomical instruments perched atop the Quinlan Mountains. It is North America's largest astronomical observatory. In 1958, the Tohono O'odham tribe leased the land on which the observatory stands to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The tribe objected to the installation of gamma ray detectors in 2005, claiming that it would disturb the spirits of their forefathers.
Cutting down a cactus is a punishable offense in Arizona, with a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. Growing a saguaro cactus, which is common in Arizona, takes a long time. The plant has a lifespan of between 150 and 200 years and can reach a height of 50 feet. As a result, the authorities are taking aggressive measures to protect the environment.
Arkansas is the only state in North America with a diamond field. In 1924, the largest diamond ever found in North America was discovered in Crater of Diamonds State Park. It was given the name "Uncle Sam" because of its size of 40.23 carats. Since the Crater of Diamonds became an Arkansas state park in 1972, park visitors have discovered over 33,100 diamonds.
Nine African Americans were inducted into Little Rock Central High School for the first time in the state's history in 1957. Previously, only white students were allowed to attend the school. This was a watershed moment in the civil rights movement in the United States.
The federal government set aside the land of Hot Springs National Park to be used as a recreational area. This was the first time something like this had been done (way before the concept of a national park existed). It is the National Park Service's first and oldest park.
The 440-mile McClellan-Ker Arkansas River Navigation System connects Oklahoma and Arkansas to the Mississippi River. In 1971, the project was completed. Thanks to the seventeen dams and locks that have been built along the waterway, the system also serves as a significant source of hydroelectric power.
Bromine is primarily used as a flame retardant, and Arkansas is one of the world's largest producers. The Arkansas bromine industry extracts more than 40 million cubic meters of brine per year from the so-called Smackover Formation, according to the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission.
Silicon Valley is located in California (a region known the world over for high technology, innovation, and venture capital.) San Jose is one of the largest tech hubs in the United States, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. eBay, PayPal, VeriFone, Adobe, Calyx Software, Cisco, and Western Digital are just a few of these companies. These businesses have dominated the industry and employed a large number of California residents.
The world's oldest active sailing ship is based in San Diego, California. The beautiful Star of India is an ancient sailing ship with US Coast Guard-approved naval architecture. It's a seaworthy vessel that's been in service since 1863. That means it is currently 157 years old. The sailing ship's routine maintenance practices are to thank for this.
California produces more than a third of the country's vegetables and two-thirds of the country's fruits and nuts. California's farms and ranches received nearly $50 billion in cash for their output in 2018. It is also the most prosperous state in the United States in terms of cash farm receipts. More than 400 commodities are produced in the state's agricultural sector.
The "giant sequoia," arguably the world's largest living organism and tree, is found in California. It's also one of the world's longest-living creatures. The tree is thought to have a lifespan of 1800 to 2700 years. California also boasts a tree that is 5,067 years old (it the longest living non-clonal organism on Earth).
San Bernardino County is the largest county in the United States, covering nearly 20,105 square miles (52,070 km2). It is actually larger than the nine states of the United States (Maryland, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island.)