Pennsylvania - Fast Facts & Trivia

An Amish family riding in a traditional Amish buggy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

  • Benjamin Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, the first public zoo in the United States.

  • Indiana County is the Christmas tree capital of the world.

  • Actor Jimmy Stewart was born and raised in the city of Indiana. Every year for Christmas, the city center is decorated with the theme "It's a wonderful life".

  • Pittsburgh is famous for producing steel. His professional football team is called Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the largest city park with over 8,000 acres.

  • Pittsburgh has more than 300 city streets. If they were stacked on top of each other, they would be over 26,000 feet high. They would measure higher than many of the Himalayan mountains.

  • Little League Baseball's first World Series was played in 1946 in Williamsport.

  • Nazareth is the home of Martin guitars. Fingerpicking good since 1833.

  • The State College Area High School was the country's first school to teach drivers in 1958.

  • Philadelphia was once the capital of the United States.

  • Originally considered Bellefonte, a city of 5,000 inhabitants, once the capital of Pennsylvania. But Harrisburg was chosen for its easy navigation on the Susquehanna River.

  • The first coal festival took place 201 years after the founding of "Peter's Camp" on Memorial Weekend 1993 in Blossburg.

  • The oldest stone railroad bridge used in Pennsylvania is the Starrucca Viaduct crossing PA Route 171 north of Lanesboro in Susquehanna County.

  • In June 1778, a caravan of 700 cars accompanied the Liberty Bell of Allentown on their return to Philadelphia along the Allentown Road of Towamencin. When, nine months earlier, British troops threatened to take the city, the bell was covered in the same way.

  • The Shenango River Dam near Sharpsville is a concrete gravity dam with an uncontrolled center spillway. The road crosses the top of the dam, over the overflow is almost 68 meters above the creek bed. The dam has a top length of 720 feet with a base width of 66 feet.

  • Handmade tiles are still being made in the Moravian Ceramics and Tile Factory in Doylestown, much like Henry Chapman Mercer, founder and builder of the potter.

  • The Borough of Kane is known as the Black Cherry Capital of the World.

  • George G. Blaisdell founded Zippo Manufacturing in Bradford in late 1932. He started with a simple idea: create a product that meets a real need, make it work and guarantee it for eternity.

  • Completed in 1882, the Kinzua Railroad Bridge near Mount Jewett was hailed as "the tallest and longest railway viaduct in the world." Rised 301 meters from the bottom of the valley in its center with a total length of 2100 feet

  • Antrim Township is located in South Central Pennsylvania with its southern border as part of the Mason Dixon Line.

  • Ringing Hill in Lower Pottsgrove Township was named after the "Rocking Rocks" known for their unique sound when hit by a hammer.

  • During the Depression, canned goods served as access to The Star Theater in Mercersburg to supply the local soup kitchen.

  • Located in the wine region of Pennsylvania, the city of North East has four thriving wineries and houses the largest Welch's grape processing facility in the country.

  • Penn Township, officially designated as Township of Penn, was named after the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn.

  • The people of Punxsutawney are proud to be overshadowed by their most famous inhabitant, the world-famous weather prophet, Marmot Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney is considered the weather capital of the world.

  • Pennsylvania was the first state in the United States to indicate its website URL on a license plate.

  • In 1909, the first ballpark was built in Pittsburgh.

  • Hershey is considered the chocolate capital of the United States.

  • In 1913, the first auto repair shop was opened in Pittsburgh.

  • In 1946, the first computer was installed in Philadelphia.

  • York's Bob Hoffman celebrates the world as the father of weightlifting. Hoffman founded York Barbell Corp. in 1932 and preached the gospel of physical fitness during his life as a US Olympic coach, businessman and philanthropist.

  • The first newspaper was published on September 21, 1784 in Philadelphia.

  • Philadelphia saw the first zoological garden in July 1874.

  • The Drake Well Museum at Titusville is located on the spot where Edwin L. Drake first drilled the world's first oil well in 1859 and introduced the modern oil industry.

  • Hazleton has a law on books that prohibits a person from sipping a carbonated drink while teaching students in a school auditorium.

  • In Philadelphia in 1775 Johann Behrent built the first piano in America, which he named "Piano Forte".

  • Philadelphia is the site of the first Presidential Villa.

  • Betsy Ross made the first American flag in Philadelphia.

  • "Doctor, if you do not give me something to help me breathe, I'll stop!" came the urgent cry of 16-year-old Frederick Gable of Loganville. In order to prevent another patient from dying of pneumonia, Dr. Ing. George Holtzapple successfully created the first application of oxygen, thus saving the life of his patient and gaining international fame through his discovery. The year was 1885.

  • Stewartstown hired its first police officer in 1876. He was also the city's lighter.

  • In Philadelphia, there is the cheesesteak sandwich, water ice, soft pretzels and TastyKakes.

  • The Rockville Bridge in Harrisburg is the longest stone arch bridge in the world.

  • Kennett Square is known as the mushroom capital of the world.

  • The city of Franklin became a center for global oil production after Colonel Edwin Drake discovered oil in nearby Titusville.

  • The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 in Philadelphia.

  • KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh produced the first commercial radio broadcast.

  • Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell.

  • Every Christmas Day, the "crossing of the Delaware" is reenacted in Washington Crossing.

  • The Liberty Tunnel in Pittsburgh was opened in 1924. At that time, the 5,700 foot tunnel was the longest artificially ventilated car tunnel in the world.

  • Pennsylvania is the only original colony that is not bounded by the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Benjamin Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, the first public zoo in the United States.
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