Fun Fact Friday About the United States

  • The Statue of Liberty is associated with New York City, but it is actually physically located in New Jersey! Jersey City, New Jersey to be exact.
  • There are 182 places in the U.S. that have the word “Christmas” in their names. They range from towns such as Christmas, Ariz., and Christmas Valley, Ore., to islands like Christmas Island in Florida and even some lakes (such as Christmas Lake in Washington).
  • Chicago is the birthplace of the first ever Ferris wheel, which was 264-feet tall and debuted in the 1893 World’s Fair and was demolished shortly after in 1906
  • The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California. But no grizzly bears have been seen in the wild since 1922.
  • Alaska has a longer coastline than all the other 49 U.S. states put together.
  • The United States outlawed alcohol in 1919 with the 18th amendment. It was legalized again in 1933 with the 21st amendment. The oldest bar in America was built in 1668 and is located just north of NYC in the small town of Tappan, NY and it is called the ’76 House.
  • Harvard was the first university in the United States and was founded in 1636 and is in Cambridge, MA
  • The world’s largest amphitheater is The Hollywood Bowl in LA. It opened in 1922 and holds a capacity of nearly 18,000
  • Pensacola, Florida is the oldest city in the US. It was settled in 1559 by Don Tristan de Luna
  • The first zoo in America was opened in Philadelphia in 1874

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