50 facts about Ohio occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern

  1. Ohio was signed into statehood 150 years after becoming a state. (read about it here)
  2. The longest straight section of Lincoln Highway in U.S. is between Ord’s Corners and Township Hwy 54. It is exactly 40 miles long.
  3. During its heyday Dayton was second in the nation for interurban lines. Indianapolis was number 1.
  4. 4 of the 7 longest Interstate Highways run through Ohio. They are I-70, I-75, I-80, and I-90.
  5. Ohio has 21 Interstate routes in it for a total of 1,726.40 miles. Laid end to end they would stretch from Michigan to Florida.
  6. The Cincinnati Reds are the only team in the MLB to open every season at home.
  7.  1966 was the only year The Cincinnati Reds did not open the season at home. It was rained out.
  8. Shelby Blues of the American Professional Football Association signed the first black football player, the “Black Cyclone” Charles Follis
  9. Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first openly black professional baseball player. He started in 1883 for the Toledo Blue Stockings.
  10. Fritz Pollard was the first black coach in the NFL. He coached the Akron Pros in 1921.
  11. Wilberforce University was the first college to be owned and operated by African-Americans. It opened in 1856.
  12. Both Wilberforce, Ohio, and the college located inside it, are named for English abolitionist William Wilberforce.
  13. Scotts Miracle-Gro, a leader in lawn and garden sales, is based out of Marysville.
  14. Miamisburg once owned its own electric utility. It was sold to Dayton Power & Light in 1968.
  15. The oldest active High School Alumni Association in the nation is in Miamisburg.
  16. Dayton was once a major hub of transportation. A canal (Miami and Erie), train lines, interurban lines, major roads, and the Miami River all traveled side by side through it south to Cincinnati.
  17. The first Atomic Energy Commission Site constructed after WWII was Mound Laboratory in Miamisburg.
  18. Siebenthaler, of Dayton, was given Plant Patent #836 in 1949, the first patent for a tree granted in the United States, for The Moraine Honeylocust. It is named after the city it was grown in.
  19. The Little Miami River was the first State Scenic river, and the first National Wild and Scenic river in Ohio.
  20. The Social Library Society of Dayton started in 1805 was the first library in the state. It closed in 1821.
  21. The Cincinnati Public Library was the first one in the nation to open on Sundays.
  22. The oldest county library in the US is The Brumback Public Library in Van Wert, Ohio. It opened in 1901.
  23. In 1994 Westerville became the first library in Ohio to offer full Internet access.  
  24. Jim Lovell is the only man to orbit the moon twice without landing.
  25. James Hulse was the only Munchkin in the Wizard of Oz from Ohio.
  26. Ashville claims to have the worlds oldest traffic light.
  27. George Burns married Gracie Allen on January 7, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio.
  28. The first college Bluegrass concert was held at Antioch University in Yellow Springs on March 5, 1960.
  29. James Brown’s first record was released by Federal Records, part of King Records, in Cincinnati.
  30. Foggy Mountain Breakdown by Earl Skruggs was recorded at E.T. Herzog Studio in Cincinnati.
  31. William McKinley was the first president to use a telephone in his campaign.
  32. The East Cell Block of the Mansfield Reformatory is the world’s largest free-standing prison cell.
  33. Duck Tape is made in Avon.
  34. Avon has the world’s largest Duck Tape festival ever year.
  35. WACO Aircraft Company of Troy manufactured the CG-4A, the most widely used glider during WW2
  36. Willys-Overland of Toledo designed and built the famous WW2 Jeep.
  37. The Jeep Car company is headquartered in Toledo.
  38. A majority of the world’s pressure deep fryers are made by Henny Penny of Eaton.
  39. Chef Boyardee was started by Ettore Boiardi in Cleveland.
  40. On September 21, 1970, the Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Jets 31 – 21 in Cleveland to win the first Monday Night Football game.
  41. The largest Privately owned single tenant office building in America is the McCoy Center in Columbus.
  42. Cleveland’s American Greetings created Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, and Madballs.
  43. Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame went to Antioch College in Yellow Springs.
  44. Rod Serling’s first paid writing job was for WLW in Cincinnati.
  45. Rod Serling taught at Antioch College during a break from writing the Twilight Zone.
  46. Mr. Lesile Irvin made the first succesful Army free-fall parachute jump n April 28th at McCook Field in Dayton.
  47. Charles Kettering and Thomas Midgley Jr. created both Leaded Gasoline and Freon Refrigeration systems. 
  48. There have been 63 people who have served as governors of the state of Ohio
  49. The longest serving governor of Ohio was Jim Rhodes who served nearly 16 years total
  50. The shortest time a governor has served is 11 days. John William Brown and Nancy Hollister, both held office in the period between the former governor leaving to become a senator and the newly elected governor taking office.
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