As we start a new school year here are 50 more facts for you to annoy your teachers, friends, family, or coworkers with.
The Great Seal of the State of Ohio was adopted in 1803. The seal was said to be inspired by the view from Adena mansion in Chillicothe. This is up for debate however.
The river is the Scioto river.
The arrows on the seal represent the American Indians that inhabited the area and Ohio as the 17th state in the union.
The Sheaf of wheat represents the large value agriculture plays in the state.
Thirteen rays of the sun represent the original 13 colonies.
At one point it had a canal boat on the river.
At one point the seal had the motto Imperium in Imperio (an empire with in an empire)
Cheez-it‘s were invented in Dayton in 1921 William Mckay, creator of Little Nemo, got started in the newspaper industry at The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Wilbur and Orville, Dayton’s most famous sons, are related to the first woman to set foot in Dayton.
Piqua had the first municipal owned nuclear power plant.
Dum Dums, the most popular lollipop, were created by the Akron Candy Company in Bellevue, Ohio
Clarence Darrow opened his first law office in Andover.
Clarence Darrow’s childhood home is on the National Registry of Historic places and has an Ohio Historical Marker outside it. 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 The Cincinnati Reds held the first night game on May 24, 1935.
The lights to the First night game were switched on by President Roosevelt from the White House in Washington, D.C.
The second night game was on May 16,1938 in Brooklyn against the Cincinnati Reds.
The first American league night game was June 15, 1939. The visiting team was the Cleveland Indians.
The first federal radio license was given to G.H. Lewis
Quaker Oats Company was founded in Ravenna
Jerrie Mock in 1964 in her “Spirit of Columbus” Cessna 180 became the first woman to fly solo around the world. 1858
The first Kindergarten was opened in Columbus Cleveland’s Winton Company produced the
first motorized mail truck. When opened in 1979
the Beast at Kings Island was the fastest, tallest, longest coaster made of wood. As of 2017 the beast is still the longest wooden coaster at 7,359 ft (2,243 m).
The Son of The Beast was the first wooden hypercoaster. It was the second wooden coaster to feature a loop.
Flip Flap Railway (NY) was the first wooden coaster to feature a loop. It was tested in Toledo.
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. Kenner Products was started in Cincinnati.
Kenner created and popularized the 3.75 inch action figure for it’s famous Star Wars line of toys.
Kenner once owned many, many, popular toys including the Easy Bake Oven, Spirograph, and Play-doh.
Play-Doh was invented in Cincinnati as a wallpaper Cleaner.
Play-Doh was developed at the request of Ohio Based Kroger Grocery Company.
Kroger started in 1883 in Cincinnati and has become the 3rd largest retailer in the world. The U.S.S Cod is the most intact WWII submarine in the US.
J.F.K was the last president to win without Ohio
Beer Barrel Saloon in Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island has the world’s longest permanent continuous bar at over 420 feet.
Baby Swiss cheese was invented by Guggisberg Cheese Company in Charm.
Ohio is still one of the leaders in swiss cheese production.
Ohio is the leading producer of greenhouse plants.
The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is Ohio’s smallest bird. The Black Rat snake is the largest snake in Ohio. It can get up to 72 inches.
The smallest county by population is Vinton with about 13,000 residents.
The Highest Point in Ohio Campbell Hill is in
The 1913 flood was the worst natural disaster to hit Ohio. It is the second deadliest flood in the US. 428 people died in Ohio during the 1913 flood.
The oldest existing American-built locomotive is the John Quincy Adams. It is on display at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton
Ohio’s official state groundhog is
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Part 1: Random facts about Ohio
Part 2: More random facts about Ohio
More facts from Ohio:
The first car accident occurred in Ohio City, Ohio
The first commercially successful winery was Nicholas Longworth’s in Cincinnati.
The last wild passenger pigeon killed was in Sargents,
Pike County, Ohio, in 1900. The last wild passenger pigeon is on display at The Ohio Historical Center.
The last passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914
James Henry Salisbury, M.D the inventor of Salisbury steak is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.
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
The Warners (of Warner’s Bros Fame) started by exhibiting
at carnivals across Ohio. The Great Train Robbery Both the Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier were filmed in Cleveland.
Marvel has made over 2 billion dollars off of the movies it filmed in Cleveland.
Ohio sent over 320,000 men to the Civil War.
35,475 Ohioans died during the Civil War.
The only equestrian Civil War statue in Ohio honors Gen. Philip Sheridan.
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) Procter and Gamble (headquartered in Cincinnati) Supplied most of the soap to the Union Army.
fighting McCooks of Ohio were the largest family group to become officers in the US Army. Major General James McPherson from Sandusky Countywas the highest ranking officer killed during the Civil War.
Murphy’s Law was named after
Capt. Ed Murphy, a development engineer from Wright Field Aircraft Lab. The largest City in Ohio is Columbus with around 822,553. it is the 15th largest in the nation (in 2013).
Columbus is also the largest city by area with 223.11 sq mi (about 26th largest nationwide)
At 43 residents
Miltonsburg is one of the smallest. Yahtzee was first marketed by National Association Service of Toledo, Ohio.
The rock group Buffalo Springfield is named after Springfield Ohio. They got the name off the side of a Buffalo – Springfield steamroller.
Cleveland was named after General
Moses Cleaveland of the Connecticut Land Company. Columbus is the largest city named for Christopher Columbus.
Centerburg is so named because it is the geographical center of Ohio.
Rose Selfridge, wife of the famous Henry Selfridge, is the daughter of Benjamin Hale Buckingham of Putnam, Ohio.
Hoover, and its parent company, the largest floor care company in the world, are headquartered in Glenwillow.
A slang term for vacuuming in Britain is “hoover”, named after the Ohio companies product.
The state with the most Ohioans on its quarter is North Carolina? (Both Wright Brothers)
Rana catesbeiana, or common bullfrog is the state frog
The state gemstone is Ohio Flint.
The Blaine Hill bridge in Belmont county is the oldest bridge in the state.
Ohio state reformatory is the official state penal museum.
Rascal Flats started in Columbus. February 21 is Rascal Flats day in honor of this.
Dino Paul Crocetti (Dean Martin) is celebrated on June 7th, Dean Martian Day.
Beautiful Ohio is the state song.
NCR of Dayton used microencapsulation to create the first carbon-less copy paper.
DP&L was made the first scratch and sniff to tell customers what a gas leak smells like.
Haven and Hettrich of Cincinnati patented the first Yo Yo in America.
Rockefeller Center in New York is named after Ohioan John Davison Rockefeller Jr
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York city was founded by Charles Kettering
Con Edison which powers NYC was founded by an Ohioan (Thomas Edison)
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.
The northeast portion of Ohio was once part of Connecticut.
Ohio was once a neighbor to Virgina, after being part of it’s military district.
Ohio is the only state name the ends with the same letter it starts, with and is not an A
At 42%, Holmes County has the largest percentage of Amish population of US county.
SkyCycle, was built in 1907. The pedal-powered blimp was built by Cromwell Dixon and flown at Driving Park. Elm Street, the one with all the Nightmares, is set in a fictional town of Springwood, Ohio
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50 Random Facts About Ohio
Largest County: Ashtabula County(711 square miles)
Smallest County: Lake County (232 square miles)
America’s first hot dog came from Ohio, in the early 1900s.
Oberlin College, founded in 1833, was the first college in the United States to admit women.
First trapshoot was in Cincinnati in 1831
Clay target pigeon invented by George Ligowsky of Cincinnati, Ohio
First Soap box derby held in Dayton, Ohio
World Championships still held in Akron
East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light
Dresden is the home of the world’s largest basket. It is located at Basket Village USA
Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lit electrically in 1879
John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm in 1854
The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton, Ohio in 1904
Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher, and turned her company into Kitchen-aid
James Spangler, of Canton, invented the Electric Vacuum Cleaner and started the Hoover Vacuum Cleaning Company
The modern parachute was tested and improved at Dayton’s McCook aeronautical research and development center. (later called Wright Patterson Air Force Base)
Only 2 zoo’s outside of Florida have manatees, Columbus and Cincinnati.
The term “Rock and Roll” was coined in Cleveland, Ohio by Al Freed
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.
There are 88
bicentennial barns, One in every county. Manufacturing and Financial services are the major industries by GDP, but trade, utilities, and transportation implore more people.
Ohio once had 8 working canals
Only 8 presidents have lost in Ohio and gone on to the White House.
Many major restaurant chains have started in Ohio including Max and Ermas, Wendy’s, BW3’s, Bob Evans, Arby’s, Perkins, Sonics, and Skyline.
At 44,825 sq mi Ohio is the 34 largest state
Ohio’s lowest point, 455 ft, is higher than any point in both Florida and Delaware.
The ladybug is the state insect.
State bird, the cardinal
The state animal is the White Tail deer.
The tomato is the state fruit
Tomato juice is the state drink
Union Terminal, home of the Cincinnati Museum Center, is the basis for the DC Comic’s Hall of Justice.
Cedar Point is the second oldest continually running amusement park.
Lowest record temperature: −39 °F (−39 °C), at Milligan on February 10, 1899.
Highest: 113 °F (45 °C), near Gallipolis on July 21, 1934.
Marietta, Ohio is the first settlement of the Northwest Territories.
Both Pro Football (Canton) and Major League Baseball (Cincinnati) started in Ohio.
Dayton Triangles won what some consider the first NFL game.
Thomas Selfridge was the first person to die in a plane crash. He was passenger aboard a Wright Model A built in Dayton Ohio.
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.
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.
First Mormon Temple built in Kirkland, Ohio.
Warren G. Harding was the first President to give a speech over the radio.
William Howard Taft is the only president to serve on the Supreme Court.
Samuel Ramsey of Jacobsburg purchased the first Hybrid Corn shipment.
First matchbooks were produced by Diamond Match Company at the Barberton, Ohio factory in 1896
Indianola Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio, opened on September 7, 1909. It was the first junior high school.
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.
1850: First company in the U.S. to publish greeting cards – Gibson Greeting Card Company.
1793: Cincinnati was the first Ohio city to publish a newspaper.
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