50 more random facts about Ohio

After the popularity of the Original 50 Random Facts About Ohio

  1. Largest County:  Ashtabula County(711 square miles)
  2. Smallest County:  Lake County (232 square miles)
  3. America’s first hot dog came from Ohio, in the early 1900s.
  4. Oberlin College, founded in 1833, was the first college in the United States to admit women.
  5. First trapshoot was in Cincinnati in 1831
  6. Clay target pigeon invented by  George Ligowsky of Cincinnati, Ohio
  7. First Soap box derby held in Dayton, Ohio
  8. World Championships still held in Akron
  9. East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light
  10. Dresden is the home of the world’s largest basket. It is located at Basket Village USA
  11. Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lit electrically in 1879
  12. John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm in 1854
  13. The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton, Ohio in 1904
  14. Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher, and turned her company into Kitchen-aid
  15. James Spangler, of Canton, invented the Electric Vacuum Cleaner and started the Hoover Vacuum Cleaning Company
  16. The modern parachute was tested and improved at Dayton’s McCook aeronautical research and development center. (later called Wright Patterson Air Force Base)
  17. Only 2 zoo’s outside of Florida have manatees, Columbus and Cincinnati.
  18. The term “Rock and Roll” was coined in Cleveland, Ohio by Al Freed
  19. 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.
  20. There are 88 bicentennial barns, One in every county.
  21. Manufacturing and Financial services are the major industries by GDP, but trade, utilities, and transportation implore more people.
  22. Ohio once had 8 working canals
  23. Only 8 presidents have lost in Ohio and gone on to the White House.
  24. Many major restaurant chains have started in Ohio including Max and Ermas, Wendy’s, BW3’s, Bob Evans, Arby’s, Perkins, Sonics, and Skyline.
  25. At 44,825 sq mi Ohio is the 34 largest state
  26. Ohio’s lowest point, 455 ft, is higher than any point in both Florida and Delaware.
  27. The ladybug is the state insect.
  28. State bird, the cardinal
  29. The state animal is the White Tail deer.
  30. The tomato is the state fruit
  31. Tomato juice is the state drink
  32. Union Terminal, home of the Cincinnati Museum Center, is the basis for the DC Comic’s Hall of Justice.
  33. Cedar Point is the second oldest continually running amusement park.
  34. Lowest record temperature: −39 °F (−39 °C), at Milligan on February 10, 1899.
  35. Highest: 113 °F (45 °C), near Gallipolis on July 21, 1934.
  36. Marietta, Ohio is the first settlement of the Northwest Territories.
  37. Both Pro Football (Canton) and Major League Baseball (Cincinnati) started in Ohio.
  38.  Dayton Triangles won what some consider the first NFL game.
  39. Thomas Selfridge was the first person to die in a plane crash. He was passenger aboard a Wright Model A built in Dayton Ohio.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. First Mormon Temple built in Kirkland, Ohio.
  43. Warren G. Harding was the first President to give a speech over the radio.
  44. William Howard Taft is the only president to serve on the Supreme Court.
  45. Samuel Ramsey of Jacobsburg purchased the first Hybrid Corn shipment.
  46. First matchbooks were produced by Diamond Match Company at the Barberton, Ohio factory in 1896
  47. Indianola Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio, opened on September 7, 1909. It was the first junior high school.
  48.  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.
  49. 1850: First company in the U.S. to publish greeting cards – Gibson Greeting Card Company.
  50. 1793: Cincinnati was the first Ohio city to publish a newspaper.
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