5 Facts About 5 States #2
Last updated: Tuesday February 22nd, 2022
Frank Marugg, a concert violinist, invented the first tire clamp in Denver in 1944. Since then, Denver cops and the Department of Motor Vehicles have used his invention to compel drivers to pay outstanding tickets. The boot was officially implemented on January 5, 1955, by the Denver police department. The city collected over $18,000 in unpaid parking tickets in its first twenty-five days.
While Lakewood is known for its tree-lined streets and homes, the city also has a paleontology and Jurassic-themed hidden gem. The Dinosaur Hotel (once a franchise hotel) is decorated and themed around dinosaurs. This hotel is decorated with dinosaur statues, bones, and other historical ornaments and designs and is located on South Vance Street. The Dinosaur Hotel pays homage to Lakewood's long history of dinosaur discovery. In fact, paleontologists discovered the first Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus bones in Lakewood many years ago.
Aurora is regarded as one of Colorado's most bike-friendly cities. There are numerous rental shops for visitors and locals alike, with over 60 miles of bicycling paths and routes. The city's bicycling trails even connect all major landmarks, such as the Aurora Reservoir and Southlands Mall. One of the reasons Aurora is one of the thinnest towns in the country, with so many activities for residents and visitors, is because of this.
Pueblo, Colorado, hosts one of the country's largest green chili festivals. The Chillie and Frijoles Festival is a three-day event that includes live music, art demonstrations, and chili cooking competitions. With a Midwest and southwestern theme, this event captures the essence of the city and is enjoyed by families, visitors, and locals alike. Local farmers grow some of the hottest green chilies and delicious pinto beans, which you can try.
The Denver International Airport is the largest airport in the United States by total land area (33,531 acres). The airport also boasts the country's longest commercial runway. The airport is the world's 18th busiest airport and the sixth busiest in the United States. In April 2018, more than 5 million passengers passed through the airport.
The Connecticut River, which runs through the state and is a major river in the United States, is named after it. The Connecticut River runs through the heart of the state, all the way to the Long Island Sound in the south. The term "Connecticut" comes from the Native American word quinetucket, which means "along the long, tidal river." New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut are all located along the Connecticut River.
Connecticut used to be known as the "National Arsenal." The nickname comes from the fact that the state was home to many firearms manufacturers during the 19th and 20th centuries, including Volcanic Repeating Arms Company, Sturm Ruger, Joslyn Firearms, and Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
Because "The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut," first adopted in 1639, served as a model for the United States Constitution, Connecticut is known as the "Constitution State." The orders were the first laws to recognize people as the true foundation of government authority, and they gave voters the power to elect government officials.
Edwin Land is a Connecticut native. Except for Thomas Edison, this genius is credited with patenting 535 inventions (1,097 American patents). If you're wondering what his most famous invention was, it was the Polaroid Instant Camera. With this camera, he was able to take and develop a photograph in under 60 seconds.
Yale University is in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale University is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, having been founded in 1701. It has been attended by US Presidents such as Gerald Ford, William Howard Taft, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
Bob Marley, the godfather of reggae music, once lived in Wilmington, Delaware. He and his mother lived at 2313 N Tatnall for 12 years after moving to the city in 1965. During this time, Bob worked as a lab assistant/forklift driver for DuPont and Chrysler, respectively. Until 1976, Bob's mother owned and operated the Roots Music Store on Market Street.
The first time the US flag was flown in battle was in Newark. During the Revolutionary War, this occurred during the Battle of Cooch's Bridge, which pitted British and American forces against each other. The Revolutionaries were defeated and retreated back to Wilmington after being outmanned 4-to-1. Nonetheless, the knowledge gained during the crash came in handy later on.
There are approximately 490 houses in Smyrna, Delaware that qualify for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pope-Mustard Mansion, for example, has been remarkably well preserved, and you can still get a whiff of the Underground Railroad Era there. Allee House and Lindens, both from the mid-eighteenth century, are two other noteworthy structures.
Did you know that Seaford, Delaware was home to the world's first nylon plant? This is where one of the world's most famous fibers, nylon, was first mass-produced in 1937 by DuPont chemist Wallace Hume Carothers. The town is also known as the "World's Nylon Capital."
When it comes to cities with beautiful water bodies, Minnesota usually takes the cake, but it does have a strong competitor: Orlando. Not only does the city have over 100 lakes, which add to its scenic beauty, but one of the city's most well-known lakes also has a dark secret. In reality, Lake Eola is a massive sinkhole that reaches a depth of 80 feet at its deepest point.
Did you know that there are several "love trees" in St. Augustine, where two different species of trees grow on, in, and through each other? This oak tree has a palm tree growing through it. The palm tree benefits from Florida's humid climate by soaking up moisture from the oak tree's bark and continuing to grow. This inseparable couple can be found in St. Augustine, Florida's Agustina's Love Tree Café and Boutique.
If you ever find yourself in Tampa Bay, put on your walking shoes and take a stroll through downtown Tampa. With a length of 4.5 miles, Bayshore Boulevard is the world's longest continuous sidewalk. There are many cyclists, joggers, and tourists to be seen. The beautiful bay is on your side, and if you're lucky, you might see dolphins and manatees!
While artificial waterways and canals in Venice have gotten all the attention, there's a much bigger fish right here in the United States. Cape Coral is a beautiful Gulf Coast gem that is home to the exciting Caloosahatchee River! However, it isn't just the river that makes it spectacular. The Caloosahatchee River flows through Cape Coral, which is located on Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast. That's not all, though. Cape Coral is home to over 400 miles of waterways, making it one of the largest interconnected waterway hubs in the world!
Alexzandria Wolliston, a Florida woman, gave birth to two sets of twins in less than a year. She gave birth to the first set of twin boys in March of this year, and the second set in December. Her family told her after the birth of her twins that twins ran in both sides of her family. Her maternal and paternal grandmothers both gave birth to twins who died shortly after birth.
For sorghum fans, Blairsville is the place to visit. It is Georgia's only region that grows sorghum, which is used to make syrup, due to its soil conditions and climate. Try to visit this location in October, when the Blairsville Sorghum Festival takes place.
Sandy Springs: known as the "investor's eye-catcher," Sandy Springs has the highest concentration of Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies per capita of any city in the country. UPS, First Data, Veritiv, Newell Rubbermaid, Centene and Axiall, Mercedes Benz, Cox Communications, and CBS are just a few of the global leaders based here.
The Georgia Aquarium is one of the world's largest aquariums, located in downtown Atlanta. More than a hundred thousand animals are housed in the aquarium, which holds more than 10 million US gallons of marine and salt water. Whale sharks, Beluga whales, California sea lions, African penguins, and other species can be found in the aquarium.
Intriguingly, Coca-Cola, the world's most popular beverage, was also created in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. John Pemberton created "Coca-Cola" in 1886, in one of history's most famous scripts. The first Coca-Cola product was sold at a soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy. Since then, this name has remained the most coveted in the soft drinks and beverages industry around the world.
Killer Mike, Waka Flocka Flame, CeeLo Green, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane, Ludacris, and Outkast are all from Atlanta. It has also produced pop and rock singers like Attractive Eighties Woman, The Changelings, Shawn Mullins, The Black Crowes, Indigo Girls, and Light Pupil Dilate, as well as bands like Maserati and Light Pupil Dilate.