250 Random facts about Ohio

The greatest list of random facts about Ohio

    1. Ohio is an Iroquois word meaning “great water.”
    2. Became a state in 1803
    3. 17th State in the Union
    4. Only State with a burgee as a flag
    5. According to the Ohio State Flag Code the flag is to be folded 17 times to represent Ohio as the 17th state
    6. The Great Seal of the State of Ohio was adopted in 1803.
    7. The seal was said to be inspired by the view from Adena mansion in Chillicothe. This is up for debate however.
    8. The river is the Scioto river.
    9. The arrows on the seal represent the American Indians that inhabited the area and Ohio as the 17th state in the union.
    10. The Sheaf of wheat represents the large value agriculture plays in the state.
    11. Thirteen rays of the sun represent the original 13 colonies.
    12. At one point it had a canal boat on the river.
    13. At one point the seal had the motto Imperium in Imperio (an empire with in an empire)
    14. State Pledge: I salute the flag of the state of Ohio and pledge to the
      Buckeye State respect and loyalty
    15. Beautiful Ohio is the state song.
    16. State Reptile – Black Racer
    17. The ladybug is the state insect.
    18. State bird, the cardinal
    19. The state animal is the White Tail deer.
    20. Rana catesbeiana, or common bullfrog is the state frog
    21. State Wildflower: White Trillium
    22. The Newark Earthworks are the states Prehistoric Monument
    23. The state gemstone is Ohio Flint.
    24. The tomato is the state fruit
    25. Tomato juice is the state drink
    26. Ohio state reformatory is the official state penal museum.
    27. At 44,825 sq mi Ohio is the 34 largest state
    28. Ohio has 88 counties
    29. Largest County:  Ashtabula County(711 square miles)
    30. Smallest County:  Lake County (232 square miles)
    31. The smallest county by population is Vinton with about 13,000 residents.
    32. The largest County by population is Franklin county with 1,264,518 residents. It is home to the state capital Columbus.
    33. The largest City in Ohio is Columbus with around 822,553. it is the 15th largest in the nation (in 2013).
    34. Columbus is also the largest city by area with 223.11 sq mi (about 26th largest nationwide)
    35. Columbus is the largest city named for Christopher Columbus.
    36. At 43 residents Miltonsburg is one of the smallest cities.
    37. Ohio has 146 miles of border shared with Canada (or Canada has 235 km of shared border)
    38. The northeast portion of Ohio was once part of Connecticut.
    39. Ohio was once a neighbor to Virgina, after being part of it’s military district.
    40. Cleveland was named after General Moses Cleaveland of the Connecticut Land Company.
    41. Centerburg is so named because it is the geographical center of Ohio.
    42. Ohio’s lowest point, 455 ft, is higher than any point in both Florida and Delaware.
    43. 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.
    44. Lowest record temperature: −39 °F (−39 °C), at Milligan on February 10, 1899.
    45. Highest: 113 °F (45 °C), near Gallipolis on July 21, 1934.
    46. Manufacturing and Financial services are the major industries by GDP, but trade, utilities, and transportation employee more people.
    47. Akron is the world’s leading rubber-producing city.
      Firestone and Goodyear are located there.
    48. Half of the residents of the United States live within 500 miles of Columbus, Ohio.
    49. The Toledo Strip was won in the Toledo war. In exchange Michigan got the upper peninsula.
    50. Ohio once had 8 working canals
    51. Ohio has over 40,000 miles of waterways
    52. There are 88 bicentennial barns, One in every county.
    53. The Miamisburg Mound is the largest conical burial mound in the state
      of Ohio and possibly in the eastern U.S.
    54. Ohio has had four capitals since 1803. 1. Chillicothe: 1803 – 18092. Zanesville: 1809 – 18123. Chillicothe: 1812 – 18164. Columbus: 1816 – present
    55. The Ohio Statehouse was completed before the expansion of the Us capitol and does not contain the same dome style. It instead has a low conical roof.
    56. John Smith was Ohio’s first senator.
    57. Jeremiah Morrow was the states first Congressperson.
    58. Ohio only had one seat in The United States House of Representatives until 1813. After the it’s first national census in 1810 it gained five more seats for a total of 6.
    59. 8 presidents are from Ohio: William Henry Harrison, Grant, Hayes,
      Garfield,  Benjamin Harrison, Taft, McKinley, and Harding
    60. ½ of the presidents to die in Office were from Ohio (½ of the presidents from Ohio have died in Office) :
      William Harrison – Died of pneumonia
      James Garfield – Assassinated
      William McKinley – Assassinated
      Warren G. Harding – Stroke
    61. Of the nine Presidents on Us Currency 2 are from Ohio: Grant ($50)
      and McKinley ($500)
    62. Of the 12 Presidents that were generals during their lifetime, 5 were from Ohio: William Harrison, U.S. Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield and Benjamin Harrison.
    63. Only 8 presidents have lost in Ohio and gone on to the White House.
    64. Warren G. Harding was the first President to give a speech over the radio.
    65. William Howard Taft is the only president to serve on the Supreme Court.
    66. Only 2 presidents never gave a State of The Union address. W.H. Harrison and James Garfield. Both die before they needed to.
    67. The 2016 Republican Convention is the 3rd time it has been held in the state of Ohio. The first one was in 1876, the second one in 1936.
    68. The only Democratic convention to be held in Ohio was in 1880.
    69. The only Democrat to be nominated for office from Ohio was James M. Cox. He lost to an Ohioan.
    70. Every Republican from Ohio nominated for president has won the office.
    71. William Henry Harrison was the first major party candidate from Ohio. He lost the 1836 election to Martin Van Buren. He defeated him in 1840.
    72. The cat was not named after the President. It was named after the comics creator’s grandfather, James A Garfield Davis. He was however named after the President from Ohio.
    73.  The Wright Brothers invented the Airplane in Dayton, Ohio
    74. The Electric Starter Engine was invented In Dayton by Charles Kettering
    75. The pop top soda can was invented by Ermal Fraze in Dayton Ohio
    76. The folding step-ladder was invented by John H. Balsley (in Dayton)
    77. The Huffy Bike corp. started as The Davis Sewing Machine Company in  Dayton
    78. James J. Ritty, of Dayton, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop
      his patrons from pilfering house profits.
    79. Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher
    80. America’s first hot dog came from Ohio, in the early 1900s.
    81. Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938.
    82. The first gas mask was invented in Ohio
    83. Ohio native, W.F. Semple patented chewing gum in 1869.
    84. Clarence Crane in Cleveland invented Life Savers in 1912.
    85. James Spangler, of Canton, invented the Electric Vacuum Cleaner and started the Hoover Vacuum Cleaning Company
    86. Hoover, and its parent company,  the largest floor care company in the world, are headquartered in Glenwillow.
    87. A slang term for vacuuming in Britain is “hoover”, named after the Ohio companies product.
    88. Yahtzee was first marketed by National Association Service of Toledo, Ohio.
    89. First matchbooks were produced by Diamond Match Company at the Barberton, Ohio factory in 1896
    90. The first Motion Picture projector was invented by Dayton, Ohio native Charles Francis Jenkins
    91. Haven and Hettrich of Cincinnati patented the first Yo Yo in America.
    92. The first commercially successful winery in America was Nicholas Longworth’s in Cincinnati.
    93. NCR of Dayton used microencapsulation to create the first carbon-less copy paper.
    94. DP&L was made the first scratch and sniff to tell customers what a gas leak smells like.
    95. Procter and Gamble was created in 1837 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
    96. Many major restaurant chains have started in Ohio including Max and Ermas, Wendy’s, BW3’s, Bob Evans, Arby’s, Perkins,  and Skyline.
    97. Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.
    98. Akron was the first city to use police cars.
    99. Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department.
    100. The first full-time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.
    101. In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.
    102. In Cleveland, Ohio the first traffic light was erected August 5th, 1914.
    103. The first car accident occurred in Ohio City, Ohio
    104. The first concrete street in America was built in Bellefontaine,
      Ohio and is still in use.
    105. Clay target pigeon invented by  George Ligowsky of Cincinnati, Ohio
    106. First trapshoot was in Cincinnati in 1831
    107. First Soap box derby held in Dayton, Ohio
    108. World Championships of Soap Box Derby still held in Akron
    109. East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light
    110. Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lit electrically in 1879
    111. John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm in 1854
    112. The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton, Ohio in 1904
    113. The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865.
    114. Oberlin College, founded in 1833, was the first college in the United States to admit women.
    115. The term “Rock and Roll” was coined in Cleveland, Ohio by Al Freed
    116. Marietta, Ohio is the first settlement of the Northwest Territories.
    117. Thomas Selfridge was the first person to die in a plane crash. He was passenger aboard a Wright Model A built in Dayton Ohio.
    118. Signal Corps No. 1, a Wright Military Flyer modified from the fatal crash of A Wright  Model A, was the first heavy than air vehicle bought by the US military.
    119. First Plane crash survived by use of parachute was Lieutenant Harold R. Harris.  On October 20, 1922, flying a  Loening monoplane, he bailed out 2,000 feet over North Dayton.
    120. The modern parachute was tested and improved at Dayton’s McCook aeronautical research and development center. (later called Wright Patterson Air Force Base)
    121. First Mormon Temple built in Kirkland, Ohio.
    122. Samuel Ramsey of Jacobsburg purchased the first Hybrid Corn shipment.
    123. Indianola Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio, opened on September 7, 1909. It was the first junior high school.
    124. 1850: First company in the U.S. to publish greeting cards – Gibson Greeting Card Company.
    125. 1793: Cincinnati was the first Ohio city to publish a newspaper.
    126. The first automobile insurance was purchased in Dayton.  In 1897, resident Gilbert J. Loomis purchased a liability insurance policy from the Travelers Insurance Company.
    127. The first doctor to use an automobile was Dr. Carlos C. Booth from Youngstown in 1897.
    128. On October 19, 1874, the first aerial wedding took place over Cincinnati.
    129. The Vermont, the car Horatio Nelson Jackson took the first drove across the nation in, was a Winton Motor Car.
    130. Daytonian Walter Richard Brookins, in 1910, made the first night flight.
    131. Walter Richard Brookins in 1910 flew to 6,175 feet, making him the first to fly over 1 mile high.
    132. On February 20, 1962 John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth.
    133. Ohio senator John Glenn is the oldest man to venture into outer space.
    134. In October of 1998  at age 77 John Gleen returned to the space program
      and traveled back into space.
    135. Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
      He was from Wapakoneta.
    136. Wapakoneta planned a museum for the feat even before he landed.
    137. Only 2 zoo’s outside of Florida have manatees, Columbus and Cincinnati.
    138. Union Terminal, home of the Cincinnati Museum Center, is the basis for the DC Comic’s Hall of Justice.
    139. Cedar Point is the second oldest continually running amusement park.
    140. Both Pro Football (Canton) and Major League Baseball (Cincinnati) started in Ohio.
    141.  Dayton Triangles won what some consider the first NFL game.
    142.  The Y Bridge in Zanesville was first built in 1814 to span the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum Rivers. “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.
    143. Scripps of the National Spelling Bee fame is headquartered in Cincinnati.
    144. OCLC from Dublin is in charge of the Dewey Decimal System
    145. Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima built all of the Tanks in use by the United States Army.
    146. Middle Island, the southernmost point in Canada, is 150 meters from the Ohio Border
    147. Grand Lake St Marys was built as a supply feed for the Miami and Erie Canal
    148. Grand Lake St. Marys was the high point of the Miami and Erie Canal, supplying water in both directions.
    149. Grand Lake St Marys is the largest inland lake entirely with in Ohio’s borders
    150. Grand Lake St Marys was the site of the first offshore oil wells.
    151. The first State Fair was held in Cincinnati.
    152. The fair moved to its current location for the 1874 fair.
    153. the 1896 fair was the first state fair to be electrically lit.
    154. The first Butter cow was in 1903
    155. Israel Ludlow help to plan out both Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton
    156. Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton all have a Ludlow Street
    157. Goodyear built 104 blimps at WingFoot Lake in Akron for the military during WWII.
    158. 1953, Harold Moore, of Cincinnati, and Harry C. Jeffers, of Newark, made the first Alantic Crossing in a Helicopter.
    159. Elektro, the famous robot from the 1939 World’s Fair, was built by Westinghouse in Mansfield.
    160. Elektro is currently on display at the Mansfield Memorial Museum.
    161. In 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron.
    162. The site of the first meeting is now a part of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.
    163. The American Society of Materials is housed under a giant Geodesic Dome in  Russell Township,Geauga County.
    164. Between the 1964 Browns’ NFL Championship and the historic 2016 Cavaliers’ NBA Title over 146 different sports seasons had passed with out a win.
    165. That was over 12,660 games with played between titles.
    166. Both NFL teams in Ohio were started by Paul Brown.
    167. Made a National Monument in 1923, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is the oldest national park in the state.
    168. Designated on March 25, 2013, Charles Young Buffalo Solider National Monument is the newest National Park in Ohio.
    169. Miami University is 87 years older than the city in Florida.
    170. The city in Florida was conceived by Cleveland Native Julia Tuttle.
    171. The last wild passenger pigeon killed was in Sargents, Pike County, Ohio, in 1900.
    172. The last wild passenger pigeon is on display at The Ohio Historical Center.
    173. The last passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914
    174. James Henry Salisbury, M.D the inventor of Salisbury steak is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.
    175. The baseball’s seventh inning stretch is said to come from either President Taft getting tired at a baseball game, or from the Cincinnati Reds around 1869
    176. Ohio sent over 320,000 men to the Civil War.
    177. 35,475 Ohioans died during the Civil War.
    178. William T. Sherman. Sherman was born in Lancaster, Ohio.
    179. The only equestrian Civil War statue in Ohio honors  Gen. Philip Sheridan.
    180. The youngest person to serve in the Civil War from Ohio was Joseph Fissell from Circleville. He was 11. (John Clem was a few weeks older)
    181. Procter and Gamble (headquartered in Cincinnati) Supplied most of the soap to the Union Army.
    182. The fighting McCooks of Ohio were the largest family group to become officers in the US Army.
    183. Major General James McPherson from Sandusky Countywas the highest ranking officer killed during the Civil War.
    184. 1865 the steamboat Sultana exploded, killing over 1,700 including 791 Ohioans.
    185. Murphy’s Law was named after Capt. Ed Murphy, a development engineer from Wright Field Aircraft Lab.
    186. The state with the most Ohioans on its quarter is North Carolina? (Both Wright Brothers)
    187. The Blaine Hill bridge in Belmont county is the oldest bridge in the state.
    188. The rock group Buffalo Springfield is named after Springfield Ohio. They got the name off the side of a Buffalo – Springfield steamroller.
    189. Rose Selfridge, wife of the famous Henry Selfridge, is the daughter of Benjamin Hale Buckingham of Putnam, Ohio.
    190. Rascal Flats started in Columbus. February 21 is Rascal Flats day in honor of this.
    191. Dino Paul Crocetti (Dean Martin) is celebrated on June 7th, Dean Martian Day.
    192. Rockefeller Center in New York is named after Ohioan John Davison Rockefeller Jr
    193. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York city was founded by Charles Kettering
    194. Con Edison which powers NYC was founded by an Ohioan (Thomas Edison)
    195. Ohio is the only state name that ends with the same letter it starts with, and is not an A
    196. At 42%, Holmes County has the largest percentage of Amish population of any US county.
    197. The SkyCycle, was built in 1907. The pedal-powered blimp was built by Cromwell Dixon and flown at Driving Park.
    198. Elm Street, the one with all the Nightmares, is set in a fictional town of Springwood, Ohio
    199. Rock and Roll hall of fame, Pro Football Hall of fame, and the original
      Inventors Hall of fame are all in the northeast part of the state
    200. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is in Dayton, Ohio
    201. The popular television sit-com, “The Drew Cary Show” is set in Cleveland, along with “Hot in Cleveland”.
    202. Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.
    203. Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
    204. Eliot Ness, the special agent who brought down Chicago crime boss, Al Capone, was Public Safety Director in Cleveland before moving to Chicago.  He’s buried in Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery.
    205. The Marvel character Bruce Banner, who later becomes the Incredible Hulk, is from Dayton Ohio.
    206. Ted Turner of CNN fame was born in Cincinnati
    207. The Warners (of Warner’s Bros Fame) started by exhibiting The Great Train Robbery at carnivals across Ohio.
    208. Both the Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier were filmed in Cleveland.
    209. Marvel has made over 2 billion dollars off of the movies it filmed in Cleveland.
    210. The Highest Point in Ohio is Campbell Hill  at 1,550 feet (472 m), It is in Bellefontaine.
    211. Cheez-it‘s were invented in Dayton in 1921
    212. William Mckay, creator of Little Nemo, got started in the newspaper industry at The Cincinnati Enquirer.
    213. Wilbur and Orville, Dayton’s most famous sons, are related to the first woman to set foot in Dayton.
    214. Piqua had the first municipal owned nuclear power plant.
    215. Dum Dums, the most popular lollipop, were created by the Akron Candy Company in Bellevue, Ohio
    216. Clarence Darrow opened his first law office in Andover.
    217. Clarence Darrow’s childhood home is on the National Registry of Historic places and has an Ohio Historical Marker outside it.
    218. Darrow is best known for his role in the Scopes Monkey Trial made famous in the play “Inherit the Wind” written by Ohioans  Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee
    219. The Cincinnati Reds held the first night game on May 24, 1935.
    220. The lights to the First night game were switched on by President Roosevelt from the White House in Washington, D.C.
    221. The second night game was on May 16,1938 in Brooklyn against the Cincinnati Reds.
    222. The first American league night game was June 15, 1939. The visiting team was the Cleveland Indians.
    223. The first federal radio license was given to G.H. Lewis
    224. Quaker Oats Company was founded in Ravenna
    225. Jerrie Mock in 1964 in her “Spirit of Columbus” Cessna 180 became the first woman to fly solo around the world.
    226. 1858 The first Kindergarten was opened in Columbus
    227. Cleveland’s Winton Company produced the first motorized mail truck.
    228. When opened in 1979 the Beast at Kings Island was the fastest, tallest, longest coaster made of wood.
    229. As of 2017 the beast is still the longest wooden coaster at 7,359 ft (2,243 m).
    230. The Son of The Beast was the first wooden hypercoaster. It was the second wooden coaster to feature a loop.
    231. Flip Flap Railway (NY) was the first wooden coaster to feature a loop. It was tested in Toledo.
    232. Corkscrew at Cedar Point was the first Coaster to have 3 inversions. It opened 7 days late to be the first modern day vertical loop.
    233. Kenner Products was started in Cincinnati.
    234. Kenner created and popularized the 3.75 inch action figure for it’s famous Star Wars line of toys.
    235. Kenner once owned many, many, popular toys including the Easy Bake Oven, Spirograph, and Play-doh.
    236. Play-Doh was invented in Cincinnati as a wallpaper Cleaner.
    237. Play-Doh was developed at the request of Ohio Based Kroger Grocery Company.
    238. Kroger started in 1883 in Cincinnati and has become the 3rd largest retailer in the world.
    239. The U.S.S Cod is the most intact WWII submarine in the US.
    240. J.F.K was the last president to win without Ohio
    241. Beer Barrel Saloon in Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island has the world’s longest permanent continuous bar at over 420 feet.
    242. Baby Swiss cheese was invented by Guggisberg Cheese Company in Charm.
    243. Ohio is still one of the leaders in swiss cheese production.
    244. Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse plants.
    245. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is Ohio’s smallest bird.
    246. The Black Rat snake is the largest snake in Ohio. It can get up to 72 inches.
    247. The 1913 flood was the worst natural disaster to hit Ohio. It is the second deadliest flood in the US.
    248. 428 people died in Ohio during the 1913 flood.
    249. The oldest existing American-built locomotive is the John Quincy Adams. It is on display at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton
    250. Ohio’s official state groundhog is Buckeye Chuck
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11 comments

  1. 30. Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.

    37. Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 18th, 1946.

    Really stretching for that 50

  2. If you are using this for a report (as it seems most of you are) here is the MLA citation for you Bibliography
    RandomOhioReviews. “100 Random Facts about Ohio.” Randomohios Random Review. RandomOhio Reviews, 12 Apr. 2012. (insert todays date)

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