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Airstream Factory Tour

419 West Pike Street
Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629
https://www.airstream.com/company/tours/

The history of Recreational Vehicles took a turn when Wally Byam acquired the Bowlus Company, took the door moved it to the side and created the Airstream Clipper. For about the next 16 years, except for a period during the war years, Airstreams were only manufactured in California.  In July 1952 a factory was opened in Jackson Center, Ohio. In 1979 the California plant was closed, leaving Jackson Center as the only place in the world where the unique trailer is produced.

The Factory is located in Jackson Center and is just down the highway from Armstrong Air and Space Museum. The tours start at 2pm and leave enough time in the morning to go the museum and have lunch at Al’s Woody’s Diner. The Airstream Factory also is a fitting location with the museum because NASA used Airstreams as Mobile Quarantine Facility for the returning Apollo 11 crew.

The Factory tour starts at the Service center. The center is where Airstream gifts and parts can be bought before the tour. This is where the guide will have each person a pen (a great souvenir ) to sign a wavier and give out ear and eye protection. The tour is on the actual factory floor and protection is needed.

The tour starts with a brief history of the company before heading outside. On the way to the main factory the guide will show some of the campers parked outside. This is not a museum tour or a Dealers lot. Wally Byam’s Gold trailer, “Stella’s Gold Airstream,”  is there but the rest are finished trailers about to be sent out and not really for display.

Inside the factory the noise can be loud at places. The earplugs protect visitors ears but also block out the guides voice. To get around this one member of the group is given a portable speaker. The guide can be heard from the front and back at most times, even over the noise of the factory. Sometimes the noise and spread of the group will make it hard to hear.

The tour goes through the process of constructing an Airstream from the ground up. Well more from sides to the floor to the internals. While it might not seem like much at first. Eventually the trailer comes together to the memorable shape. After the trailer is weather tested it is ready for interior. The interiors and wiring are added and the final product is ready to ship.

Overall the tour is a little under 2 hours depending on the size of the group. The distance is walked can be close to a mile. The process of building one of the most memorable trailers on the market is fun to see and the price (FREE) can’t be beat.

When we went the second factory building was being retooled for the next model years line of bus style touring coaches. Expect an update when we get a chance to return. 

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CRYPTOZOHIO: Museums

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Museums in Ohio house some of our oldest treasures. With these treasures come other things. Memories, value, skeletons, intrigue, wonder, strange happenings just to name a few. From tales of people still attached to the artifacts to visitors who came but never left, museums in Ohio are more than just a little strange.

Skeletons, Death masks, Hearses and more:
13267469_1626496387670226_320170361_nQuite a few museums have skeletons on display. Not old bones of animals, but skeletons of once living people. The Massillon museum has Oscar. On display since 1934 little is known of the man except that he was donated by Dr. Fred L. Rhodes, who dissected him in medical school. Another skeleton is on display at the Ragersville Historical Society. Jeff Davis was a bad man, who would not stop being bad. The citizens of Ragersville decided to stop him themselves by carrying out mob justice. This event gave the town the nickname “Hangtown”, and the museum eventually got the skeleton of a very bad man.

Not only are skeletons on display, but death mask and all forms of funeral memorabilia. In the laundry room of an East Liverpool B&B is the death mask of  Pretty Boy Flyod along with other items from the funeral home that worked on him. In West Union is a museum dedicated to the funeral profession. The William Lafferty Memorial Funeral and Carriage Collection house a few hearses and tools of the trade.

In Lima is the Allen County Museum. This local history museum house many strange and wonderful things. It has a collection of objects that have been swallowed. The museum house a strange collection of preserved animals. The Noah’s Ark displays showcase many varieties of animals along a moving conveyor belt. It also has what was once, and may still be, the world’s largest collection of Albino Animals.

Ohio History Center:
The Ohio History Center house many strange and unusual things from Ohio’s checkered past. The large collection of animals in the back of the natural history section are probably some of the most well known. Extinct animals that once roamed the land are next to specimens of ones that still do. This is home of the last Passenger Pigeon shot in the wild. Some of the strangest animals are however are not on display all the time. The museums two headed cow, or the display in the open air village with a tiger and the more exotic fare. Every once and a while the museum will bring out some it’s more controversial items, such as the Electric Chair once used by the state. When on display, and put in the proper context, one can feel the history of the items all around them. Sometimes in a good way, some times not.

National Museum of the United States Air Force
A museum which house artifacts from war and is national museum for 1/5 of the armed services is bound to have some ghosts in it. In the WWII exhibit ghost are said to haunt the planes they once flew. The Lady B Good’s entire crew is said to haunt the area surrounding it’s memorial stain glass window. Near by the plane is also said to be haunted, but it could just be the crew from the Lady mistaking it , the same model of plane, as their own.  One or two planes have even been said to be “piloted” by ghost who are trying to finish their las mission. Additionally almost all of the Prisoner of War sections of the museum seem to have an eerie feel about them. Almost as if those who never returned have found away back.

This museum is more than just ghost stories though. On July 8th, 1947 something crashed outside of a farm in Roswell, New Mexico. Was it a spy balloon or something else? Some stories say that what ever was found was transfered to the base and stored in Hangar 18. The Base also has stories surround it and the technology it houses. It is said that it has reverse engineered alien tech and that the owners are coming back to claim it.

Cleveland Museum of Art: 
This is one of those big, expanded art museums. The type where the new building is built around the old one. This is also one of those old art museums which just celebrated it’s 100 birthday. With that much history something weird is bound to happen.  In one of the galleries battery powered lights will suddenly turn off only to go back on after the leave. The person in Portrait of Jean-Gabriel du Theil at the Signing of the Treaty of Vienna  has been said to stare at himself at night. The gallery in which this painting hung was said to have problems until the painting was put in storage. Finally former director William Mathewson Milliken has been said to visit the 1916 gallery from time to time.

Cincinnati Museum Center / Union Terminal: 
Union Terminal is being repaired. This is causing havoc to the Museum inside. The question that this leaves unanswered is “What will happen to the visitors that never leave?” The terminal has a long storied past, first as the original site of Pro Baseball, Then as a major train station for the armed forces leaving for war during WWII, and now as a museum center. In the back section, near the tracks, loved ones of those who never returned from war can be heard crying and waiting to this day for them to return. During a break in in 1989 a security guard was killed. She is said to still patrol the grounds hoping to prevent another break in.

While extensive this is just a quick look in to the strange and wondrous site around Ohio. Most museums in the state have some stories of their own.

Happy Centennial National Parks

Today marks the 100th birthday of our National Parks Service. The parks service started in 1916. The first park was established in Ohio in 1923.  From that day forward the parks have been one of the great attractions in the state. The parks have something for everyone.

A Brief Timeline of National Parks Service in Ohio

1923 –Hopewell Culture: Started as part of the Mound City Group National Monument. It is fitting that this was the first park because it is dedicated to the history of Ohio’s earliest inhabitants

1966 – Perry’s Victory & International Peace MemorialA monument to the Commander of the Battle of Lake Erie during the war of 1812. Also memorializes the war as the last conflict between the United States, Britain, and Canada.

1969 – William Howard Taft National Historic Site: The boyhood home, and later family home, of the 27th president of the United States.

1980 – David Berger National MonumentA monument to one of athletes killed at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
North Country Scenic Trail: Established as one of the longest of the 11 scenic trails. In Ohio it connects to the Buckeye Trail and runs through Hocking Hills, one of Ohio’s most hiked areas.
James A Garfield National Historical Site: The Home of 20th President James A Garfield. Considered the first Presidential Library in America.

1992 – Dayton Aviation HeritageCelebrates the history of flight and the two Dayton Brothers who solved the problems of getting man in the air. Is spread out in 5 different locations through out Dayton.

1999 – Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis: The site of the battle of Fallen Timbers, the final battle in the Northwest Indian War, and the site of Fort Miamis, a British fort built to stop Gen. Wayne, which he eventually held.

2000 – Cuyahoga Valley: Originally created as a recreational area in 1974, Cuyahoga became a National park in 2000. This park celebrates the history of the people, canals, and nature of the northwestern Ohio valley.
First Ladies National Historical Site: Built in the home of Ida McKinley, this site is dedicated to the history of the wives of the Presidents of The United States.

2004 – National Heritage AreaIncorporated just after the Centennial of Flight this large area of western Ohio houses the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, and Woodlawn Cemetery (with the graves of Paul Lawrence Dunbar and The Wright Brothers)

2013 – Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers: So new that it is not even finished opening yet. The Monument is dedicated to one of the most famous Buffalo Soldiers and first African-American national park Superintendent.

Random Facts About Ohio: 50 more than before

  1. Ohio has 88 counties
  2. Scripps of the National Spelling Bee fame is headquartered in Cincinnati.
  3. Only 2 presidents never gave a State of The Union address. W.H. Harrison and James Garfield. Both die before they needed to.
  4. OCLC from Dublin is in charge of the Dewey Decimal System
  5. Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima built all of the Tanks for the United States Army.
  6. 1865 the steamboat Sultana exploded, killing over 1,700 including 791 Ohioans.
  7. Ted Turner of CNN fame was born in Cincinnati
  8. Ohio has 146 miles of border shared with Canada (or Canada has 235 km of shared border)
  9. Middle Island, the southernmost point in Canada, is 150 meters from the Ohio Border
  10. Grand Lake St Marys was built as a supply feed for the Miami and Erie Canal
  11. It was the high point of the canal, supplying water in both directions.
  12. Grand Lake St Marys is the largest inland lake entirely with in Ohio’s borders
  13. Grand Lake St Marys was the site of the first offshore oil wells.
  14. 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.
  15. The only Democratic convention to be held in Ohio was in 1880.
  16. The only Democrat to be nominated for office from Ohio was James M. Cox. He lost to an Ohioan.
  17. Every Republican from Ohio nominated for president has won the office.
  18. Ohio has had four capitals since 1803. 1. Chillicothe: 1803 – 18092. Zanesville: 1809 – 18123. Chillicothe: 1812 – 18164. Columbus: 1816 – present
  19. The first State Fair was held in Cincinnati.
  20. The fair moved to its current location for the 1874 fair.
  21. the 1896 fair was the first state fair to be electrically lit.
  22. The first Butter cow was in 1903
  23. The Newark Earthworks are the states Prehistoric Monument
  24. State Wildflower: White Trillium
  25. The first Motion Picture projector was invented by Dayton, Ohio native Charles Francis Jenkins
  26. Israel Ludlow help to plan out both Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton
  27. Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton all have a Ludlow Street
  28. The first automobile insurance was purchased in Dayton.  In 1897, resident Gilbert J. Loomis purchased a liability insurance policy from the Travelers Insurance Company.
  29. The first doctor to use an automobile was Dr. Carlos C. Booth from Youngstown in 1897.
  30. On October 19, 1874, the first aerial wedding took place over Cincinnati.
  31. The Vermont, the car Horatio Nelson Jackson took the first drove across the nation in, was Winton Motor Car.
  32. Daytonian Walter Richard Brookins, in 1910, made the first night flight.
  33. The same year he flew to 6,175 feet, making him the first to fly over 1 mile high.
  34. Goodyear built 104 blimps at WingFoot Lake in Akron for the military during WWII.
  35. 1953, Harold Moore, of Cincinnati, and Harry C. Jeffers, of Newark, made the first Alantic Crossing in a Helicopter.
  36. Elektro, the famous robot from the 1939 World’s Fair, was built by Westinghouse in Mansfield.
  37. He is currently on display at the Mansfield Memorial Museum.
  38. John Smith was Ohio’s first senator.
  39. Jeremiah Morrow was the states first Congressperson.
  40. 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.
  41. In 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron.
  42. The site of the first meeting is now a part of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.
  43. 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.
  44. The American Society of Materials is housed under a giant Geodesic Dome in  Russell Township,Geauga County.
  45. Between the 1964 Browns’ NFL Championship and the historic 2016 Cavaliers’ NBA Title over 146 different sports seasons had passed with out a win.
  46. That was over 12,660 games with played between titles.
  47. Made a National Monument in 1923, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is the oldest national park in the state.
  48. Designated on March 25, 2013, Charles Young Buffalo Solider National Monument is the newest.
  49. Miami University is 87 years older than the city in Florida.
  50. The city in Florida was conceived by Cleveland Native Julia Tuttle.

Random Facts about Ohio: The next 50

Part 1: Random facts about Ohio
Part 2: More random facts about Ohio
More facts from Ohio:

  1. The first car accident occurred in Ohio City, Ohio
  2. The first commercially successful winery was Nicholas Longworth’s in Cincinnati.
  3. The last wild passenger pigeon killed was in Sargents, Pike County, Ohio, in 1900.
  4. The last wild passenger pigeon is on display at The Ohio Historical Center.
  5. The last passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914
  6. James Henry Salisbury, M.D the inventor of Salisbury steak is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.
  7. 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
  8. The Warners (of Warner’s Bros Fame) started by exhibiting The Great Train Robbery at carnivals across Ohio.
  9. Both the Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier were filmed in Cleveland.
  10. Marvel has made over 2 billion dollars off of the movies it filmed in Cleveland.
  11. Ohio sent over 320,000 men to the Civil War.
  12. 35,475 Ohioans died during the Civil War.
  13. The only equestrian Civil War statue in Ohio honors  Gen. Philip Sheridan.
  14. 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)
  15. Procter and Gamble (headquartered in Cincinnati) Supplied most of the soap to the Union Army.
  16. The fighting McCooks of Ohio were the largest family group to become officers in the US Army.
  17. Major General James McPherson from Sandusky Countywas the highest ranking officer killed during the Civil War.
  18. Murphy’s Law was named after Capt. Ed Murphy, a development engineer from Wright Field Aircraft Lab.
  19. The largest City in Ohio is Columbus with around 822,553. it is the 15th largest in the nation (in 2013).
  20. Columbus is also the largest city by area with 223.11 sq mi (about 26th largest nationwide)
  21. At 43 residents Miltonsburg is one of the smallest.
  22. Yahtzee was first marketed by National Association Service of Toledo, Ohio.
  23. The rock group Buffalo Springfield is named after Springfield Ohio. They got the name off the side of a Buffalo – Springfield steamroller.
  24. Cleveland was named after General Moses Cleaveland of the Connecticut Land Company.
  25. Columbus is the largest city named for Christopher Columbus.
  26. Centerburg is so named because it is the geographical center of Ohio.
  27. Rose Selfridge, wife of the famous Henry Selfridge, is the daughter of Benjamin Hale Buckingham of Putnam, Ohio.
  28. Hoover, and its parent company,  the largest floor care company in the world, are headquartered in Glenwillow.
  29. A slang term for vacuuming in Britain is “hoover”, named after the Ohio companies product.
  30. The state with the most Ohioans on its quarter is North Carolina? (Both Wright Brothers)
  31. Rana catesbeiana, or common bullfrog is the state frog
  32. The state gemstone is Ohio Flint.
  33. The Blaine Hill bridge in Belmont county is the oldest bridge in the state.
  34. Ohio state reformatory is the official state penal museum.
  35. Rascal Flats started in Columbus. February 21 is Rascal Flats day in honor of this.
  36. Dino Paul Crocetti (Dean Martin) is celebrated on June 7th, Dean Martian Day.
  37. Beautiful Ohio is the state song.
  38. NCR of Dayton used microencapsulation to create the first carbon-less copy paper.
  39. DP&L was made the first scratch and sniff to tell customers what a gas leak smells like.
  40. Haven and Hettrich of Cincinnati patented the first Yo Yo in America.
  41. Rockefeller Center in New York is named after Ohioan John Davison Rockefeller Jr
  42. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York city was founded by Charles Kettering
  43. Con Edison which powers NYC was founded by an Ohioan (Thomas Edison)
  44. 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.
  45. The northeast portion of Ohio was once part of Connecticut.
  46. Ohio was once a neighbor to Virgina, after being part of it’s military district.
  47. Ohio is the only state name the ends with the same letter it starts, with and is not an A
  48. At 42%, Holmes County has the largest percentage of Amish population of US county.
  49. The SkyCycle, was built in 1907. The pedal-powered blimp was built by Cromwell Dixon and flown at Driving Park.
  50. Elm Street, the one with all the Nightmares, is set in a fictional town of Springwood, Ohio

All 200 Random Facts about Ohio

For your convenience all 200 of our facts about Ohio:

If you are using this for a report (as it seems most of you are) here is the MLA citation for you Bibliography
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  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. State Reptile – Black Racer
  7. State Pledge: I salute the flag of the state of Ohio and pledge to the
    Buckeye State respect and loyalty
  8.  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
  9. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is in Dayton, Ohio
  10. The Wright Brothers invented the Airplane in Dayton, Ohio
  11. The Electric Starter Engine was invented In Dayton by Charles Kettering
  12. The pop top soda can was invented by Ermal Fraze in Dayton Ohio
  13. The folding step-ladder was invented by John H. Balsley (in Dayton)
  14. The Huffy Bike corp. started as The Davis Sewing Machine Company in  Dayton
  15. 8 presidents are from Ohio: William Henry Harrison, Grant, Hayes,
    Garfield,  Benjamin Harrison, Taft, McKinley, and Harding
  16. ½ of the presidents to die in Office were from Ohio:
    William Harrison – Died of pneumonia
    James Garfield – Assassinated
    William McKinley – Assassinated
    Warren G. Harding – Stroke
  17. Of the nine Presidents on Us Currency 2 are from Ohio: Grant ($50)
    and McKinley ($500)
  18. 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.
  19. Samuel Chase, a Ohioan,  is the one of the few people who is neither a founding father or former president to be on Us paper currency.
  20. James J. Ritty, of Dayton, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop
    his patrons from pilfering house profits.
  21. Cincinnati Reds were the first professional baseball team.
  22. Akron was the first city to use police cars.
  23. Cincinnati had the first professional city fire department.
  24. Ohio senator John Glenn became the oldest man to venture into outer space.
  25. On February 20, 1962 he was the first American to orbit the earth.
    In October of 1998  at age 77 he returned to the space program
    and traveled back into space.
  26. Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
    He was from Wapakoneta.
  27. The city planned a museum for the feat even before he landed.
  28. The popular television sit-com, “The Drew Cary Show” is set in Cleveland, along with “Hot in Cleveland”.
  29. 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.
  30. Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable.
  31. The first full-time automobile service station was opened in 1899 in Ohio.
  32. In 1852 Ohio was the first state to enact laws protecting working women.
  33. Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
  34. In Cleveland, Ohio the first traffic light was erected August 5th, 1914.
  35. William T. Sherman. Sherman was born in Lancaster, Ohio.
  36. The first concrete street in America was built in Bellefontaine,
    Ohio and is still in use.
  37. Clarence Crane in Cleveland invented Life Savers in 1912.
  38. The Miamisburg Mound is the largest conical burial mound in the state
    of Ohio and possibly in the eastern U.S.
  39. Procter and Gamble was created in 1837 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  40. Akron is the world’s leading rubber-producing city.
    Firestone and Goodyear are located there.
  41. 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.
  42. Ohio native, W.F. Semple patented chewing gum in 1869.
  43. Half of the residents of the United States live within 500 miles of Columbus, Ohio.
  44. The Toledo Strip was won in the Toledo war. In exchange Michigan got the upper peninsula.
  45. The first gas mask was invented in Ohio
  46. The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865.
  47. Cleveland became the world’s first city to be lighted electrically in 1879.
  48. Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938.
  49. The Marvel character Bruce Banner, who later becomes the Incredible Hulk, is from Dayton Ohio.
  50. Ohio has over 40,000 miles of waterways
  51. Largest County:  Ashtabula County(711 square miles)
  52. Smallest County:  Lake County (232 square miles)
  53. America’s first hot dog came from Ohio, in the early 1900s.
  54. Oberlin College, founded in 1833, was the first college in the United States to admit women.
  55. First trapshoot was in Cincinnati in 1831
  56. Clay target pigeon invented by  George Ligowsky of Cincinnati, Ohio
  57. First Soap box derby held in Dayton, Ohio
  58. World Championships still held in Akron
  59. East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light
  60. Dresden is the home of the world’s largest basket. It is located at Basket Village USA
  61. The first Honda made in America was built in the Marysville Plant.
  62. John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm in 1854
  63. The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton, Ohio in 1904
  64. Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher, and turned her company into Kitchen-aid
  65. James Spangler, of Canton, invented the Electric Vacuum Cleaner and started the Hoover Vacuum Cleaning Company
  66. The modern parachute was tested and improved at Dayton’s McCook aeronautical research and development center. (later called Wright Patterson Air Force Base)
  67. Only 2 zoo’s outside of Florida have manatees, Columbus and Cincinnati.
  68. The term “Rock and Roll” was coined in Cleveland, Ohio by Al Freed
  69. 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.
  70. There are 88 bicentennial barns, One in every county.
  71. Manufacturing and Financial services are the major industries by GDP, but trade, utilities, and transportation employ more people.
  72. Ohio once had 8 working canals
  73. Only 8 presidents have lost in Ohio and gone on to the White House.
  74. Many major restaurant chains have started in Ohio including Max and Ermas, Wendy’s, BW3’s, Bob Evans, Arby’s, Perkins,  and Skyline.
  75. At 44,825 sq mi Ohio is the 34 largest state
  76. Ohio’s lowest point, 455 ft, is higher than any point in both Florida and Delaware.
  77. The ladybug is the state insect.
  78. State bird, the cardinal
  79. The state animal is the White Tail deer.
  80. The tomato is the state fruit
  81. Tomato juice is the state drink
  82. Union Terminal, home of the Cincinnati Museum Center, is the basis for the DC Comic’s Hall of Justice.
  83. Cedar Point is the second oldest continually running amusement park.
  84. Lowest record temperature: −39 °F (−39.444 °C), at Milligan on February 10, 1899.
  85. Highest: 113 °F (45 °C), near Gallipolis on July 21, 1934.
  86. Marietta, Ohio is the first settlement of the Northwest Territories.
  87. Both Pro Football (Canton) and Major League Baseball (Cincinnati) started in Ohio.
  88.  Dayton Triangles won what some consider the first NFL game.
  89. Thomas Selfridge was the first person to die in a plane crash. He was passenger aboard a Wright Model A built in Dayton Ohio.
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. First Mormon Temple built in Kirkland, Ohio.
  93. Warren G. Harding was the first President to give a speech over the radio.
  94. William Howard Taft is the only president to serve on the Supreme Court.
  95. Samuel Ramsey of Jacobsburg purchased the first Hybrid Corn shipment.
  96. First matchbooks were produced by Diamond Match Company at the Barberton, Ohio factory in 1896
  97. Indianola Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio, opened on September 7, 1909. It was the first junior high school.
  98.  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.
  99. 1850: First company in the U.S. to publish greeting cards – Gibson Greeting Card Company.
  100. 1793: Cincinnati was the first Ohio city to publish a newspaper.
  101. Ohio has 88 counties
  102. Scripps of the National Spelling Bee fame is headquartered in Cincinnati.
  103. Only 2 presidents never gave a State of The Union address. W.H. Harrison and James Garfield. Both die before they needed to.
  104. OCLC from Dublin is in charge of the Dewey Decimal System
  105. Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima built all of the Tanks for the United States Army.
  106. 1865 the steamboat Sultana exploded, killing over 1,700 including 791 Ohioans.
  107. Ted Turner of CNN fame was born in Cincinnati
  108. Ohio has 146 miles of border shared with Canada (or Canada has 235 km of shared border)
  109. Middle Island, the southernmost point in Canada, is 150 meters from the Ohio Border
  110. Grand Lake St Marys was built as a supply feed for the Miami and Erie Canal
  111. It was the high point of the canal, supplying water in both directions.
  112. Grand Lake St Marys is the largest inland lake entirely with in Ohio’s borders
  113. Grand Lake St Marys was the site of the first offshore oil wells.
  114. 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.
  115. The only Democratic convention to be held in Ohio was in 1880.
  116. The only Democrat to be nominated for office from Ohio was James M. Cox. He lost to an Ohioan.
  117. Every Republican from Ohio nominated for president has won the office.
  118. Ohio has had four capitals since 1803. 1. Chillicothe: 1803 – 18092. Zanesville: 1809 – 18123. Chillicothe: 1812 – 18164. Columbus: 1816 – present
  119. The first State Fair was held in Cincinnati.
  120. The fair moved to its current location for the 1874 fair.
  121. the 1896 fair was the first state fair to be electrically lit.
  122. The first Butter cow was in 1903
  123. The Newark Earthworks are the states Prehistoric Monument
  124. State Wildflower: White Trillium
  125. The first Motion Picture projector was invented by Dayton, Ohio native Charles Francis Jenkins
  126. Israel Ludlow help to plan out both Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton
  127. Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton all have a Ludlow Street
  128. The first automobile insurance was purchased in Dayton.  In 1897, resident Gilbert J. Loomis purchased a liability insurance policy from the Travelers Insurance Company.
  129. The first doctor to use an automobile was Dr. Carlos C. Booth from Youngstown in 1897.
  130. On October 19, 1874, the first aerial wedding took place over Cincinnati.
  131. The Vermont, the car Horatio Nelson Jackson took the first drove across the nation in, was a Winton Motor Car.
  132. Daytonian Walter Richard Brookins, in 1910, made the first night flight.
  133. The same year he flew to 6,175 feet, making him the first to fly over 1 mile high.
  134. Goodyear built 104 blimps at WingFoot Lake in Akron for the military during WWII.
  135. 1953, Harold Moore, of Cincinnati, and Harry C. Jeffers, of Newark, made the first Alantic Crossing in a Helicopter.
  136. Elektro, the famous robot from the 1939 World’s Fair, was built by Westinghouse in Mansfield.
  137. He is currently on display at the Mansfield Memorial Museum.
  138. John Smith was Ohio’s first senator.
  139. Jeremiah Morrow was the states first Congressperson.
  140. 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.
  141. In 1935 Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron.
  142. The site of the first meeting is now a part of Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens.
  143. 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.
  144. The American Society of Materials is housed under a giant Geodesic Dome in  Russell Township,Geauga County.
  145. Between the 1964 Browns’ NFL Championship and the historic 2016 Cavaliers’ NBA Title over 146 different sports seasons had passed with out a win.
  146. That was over 12,660 games with played between titles.
  147. Made a National Monument in 1923, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is the oldest national park in the state.
  148. Designated on March 25, 2013, Charles Young Buffalo Solider National Monument is the newest.
  149. Miami University is 87 years older than the city in Florida.
  150. The city in Florida was conceived by Cleveland Native Julia Tuttle.
  151. The first car accident occurred in Ohio City, Ohio
  152. The first commercially successful winery was Nicholas Longworth’s in Cincinnati.
  153. The last wild passenger pigeon killed was in Sargents, Pike County, Ohio, in 1900.
  154. The last wild passenger pigeon is on display at The Ohio Historical Center.
  155. The last passenger pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914
  156. James Henry Salisbury, M.D the inventor of Salisbury steak is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland.
  157. 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
  158. The Warners (of Warner’s Bros Fame) started by exhibiting The Great Train Robbery at carnivals across Ohio.
  159. Both the Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier were filmed in Cleveland.
  160. Marvel has made over 2 billion dollars off of the movies it filmed in Cleveland.
  161. Ohio sent over 320,000 men to the Civil War.
  162. 35,475 Ohioans died during the Civil War.
  163. The only equestrian Civil War statue in Ohio honors  Gen. Philip Sheridan.
  164. 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)
  165. Procter and Gamble (headquartered in Cincinnati) Supplied most of the soap to the Union Army.
  166. The fighting McCooks of Ohio were the largest family group to become officers in the US Army.
  167. Major General James McPherson from Sandusky Countywas the highest ranking officer killed during the Civil War.
  168. Murphy’s Law was named after Capt. Ed Murphy, a development engineer from Wright Field Aircraft Lab.
  169. The largest City in Ohio is Columbus with around 822,553. it is the 15th largest in the nation (in 2013).
  170. Columbus is also the largest city by area with 223.11 sq mi (about 26th largest nationwide)
  171. At 43 residents Miltonsburg is one of the smallest.
  172. Yahtzee was first marketed by National Association Service of Toledo, Ohio.
  173. The rock group Buffalo Springfield is named after Springfield Ohio. They got the name off the side of a Buffalo – Springfield steamroller.
  174. Cleveland was named after General Moses Cleaveland of the Connecticut Land Company.
  175. Columbus is the largest city named for Christopher Columbus.
  176. Centerburg is so named because it is the geographical center of Ohio.
  177. Rose Selfridge, wife of the famous Henry Selfridge, is the daughter of Benjamin Hale Buckingham of Putnam, Ohio.
  178. Hoover, and its parent company,  the largest floor care company in the world, are headquartered in Glenwillow.
  179. A slang term for vacuuming in Britain is “hoover”, named after the Ohio companies product.
  180. The state with the most Ohioans on its quarter is North Carolina? (Both Wright Brothers)
  181. Rana catesbeiana, or common bullfrog is the state frog
  182. The state gemstone is Ohio Flint.
  183. The Blaine Hill bridge in Belmont county is the oldest bridge in the state.
  184. Ohio state reformatory is the official state penal museum.
  185. Rascal Flats started in Columbus. February 21 is Rascal Flats day in honor of this.
  186. Dino Paul Crocetti (Dean Martin) is celebrated on June 7th, Dean Martian Day.
  187. Beautiful Ohio is the state song.
  188. NCR of Dayton used microencapsulation to create the first carbon-less copy paper.
  189. DP&L was made the first scratch and sniff to tell customers what a gas leak smells like.
  190. Haven and Hettrich of Cincinnati patented the first Yo Yo in America.
  191. Rockefeller Center in New York is named after Ohioan John Davison Rockefeller Jr
  192. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York city was founded by Charles Kettering
  193. Con Edison which powers NYC was founded by an Ohioan (Thomas Edison)
  194. 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.
  195. The northeast portion of Ohio was once part of Connecticut.
  196. Ohio was once a neighbor to Virgina, after being part of it’s military district.
  197. Ohio is the only state name that ends with the same letter it starts with, and is not an A
  198. At 42%, Holmes County has the largest percentage of Amish population of any US county.
  199. The SkyCycle, was built in 1907. The pedal-powered blimp was built by Cromwell Dixon and flown at Driving Park.
  200. Elm Street, the one with all the Nightmares, is set in a fictional town of Springwood, Ohio

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.