50 facts, of a random nature, about Ohio

50 random fact

As we start a new school year here are 50 more facts for you to annoy your teachers, friends, family, or coworkers with.

  1. The Great Seal of the State of Ohio was adopted in 1803.
  2. The seal was said to be inspired by the view from Adena mansion in Chillicothe. This is up for debate however.
  3. The river is the Scioto river.
  4. The arrows on the seal represent the American Indians that inhabited the area and Ohio as the 17th state in the union.
  5. The Sheaf of wheat represents the large value agriculture plays in the state.
  6. Thirteen rays of the sun represent the original 13 colonies.
  7. At one point it had a canal boat on the river.
  8. At one point the seal had the motto Imperium in Imperio (an empire with in an empire)
  9. Cheez-it‘s were invented in Dayton in 1921
  10. William Mckay, creator of Little Nemo, got started in the newspaper industry at The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  11. Wilbur and Orville, Dayton’s most famous sons, are related to the first woman to set foot in Dayton.
  12. Piqua had the first municipal owned nuclear power plant.
  13. Dum Dums, the most popular lollipop, were created by the Akron Candy Company in Bellevue, Ohio
  14. Clarence Darrow opened his first law office in Andover.
  15. Clarence Darrow’s childhood home is on the National Registry of Historic places and has an Ohio Historical Marker outside it.
  16. 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
  17. The Cincinnati Reds held the first night game on May 24, 1935.
  18. The lights to the First night game were switched on by President Roosevelt from the White House in Washington, D.C.
  19. The second night game was on May 16,1938 in Brooklyn against the Cincinnati Reds.
  20. The first American league night game was June 15, 1939. The visiting team was the Cleveland Indians.
  21. The first federal radio license was given to G.H. Lewis
  22. Quaker Oats Company was founded in Ravenna
  23. Jerrie Mock in 1964 in her “Spirit of Columbus” Cessna 180 became the first woman to fly solo around the world.
  24. 1858 The first Kindergarten was opened in Columbus
  25. Cleveland’s Winton Company produced the first motorized mail truck.
  26. When opened in 1979 the Beast at Kings Island was the fastest, tallest, longest coaster made of wood.
  27. As of 2017 the beast is still the longest wooden coaster at 7,359 ft (2,243 m).
  28. The Son of The Beast was the first wooden hypercoaster. It was the second wooden coaster to feature a loop.
  29. Flip Flap Railway (NY) was the first wooden coaster to feature a loop. It was tested in Toledo.
  30. 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.
  31. Kenner Products was started in Cincinnati.
  32. Kenner created and popularized the 3.75 inch action figure for it’s famous Star Wars line of toys.
  33. Kenner once owned many, many, popular toys including the Easy Bake Oven, Spirograph, and Play-doh.
  34. Play-Doh was invented in Cincinnati as a wallpaper Cleaner.
  35. Play-Doh was developed at the request of Ohio Based Kroger Grocery Company.
  36. Kroger started in 1883 in Cincinnati and has become the 3rd largest retailer in the world.
  37. The U.S.S Cod is the most intact WWII submarine in the US.
  38. J.F.K was the last president to win without Ohio
  39. Beer Barrel Saloon in Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island has the world’s longest permanent continuous bar at over 420 feet.
  40. Baby Swiss cheese was invented by Guggisberg Cheese Company in Charm.
  41. Ohio is still one of the leaders in swiss cheese production.
  42. Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse plants.
  43. The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is Ohio’s smallest bird.
  44. The Black Rat snake is the largest snake in Ohio. It can get up to 72 inches.
  45. The smallest county by population is Vinton with about 13,000 residents.
  46. The Highest Point in Ohio is Campbell Hill  at 1,550 feet (472 m), It is in Bellefontaine.
  47. The 1913 flood was the worst natural disaster to hit Ohio. It is the second deadliest flood in the US.
  48. 428 people died in Ohio during the 1913 flood.
  49. The oldest existing American-built locomotive is the John Quincy Adams. It is on display at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton
  50. Ohio’s official state groundhog is Buckeye Chuck
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