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Texas

Saturday, May 23, 2015      2 comments

Texas, the Lone Star State, 28th to join the Union (after being an independent sovereign country for 9 years, hence "Lone Star State"), 43d in the alphabetical listing. Capital city: Austin; largest city: Houston; and largest Metropolitan Statis... Read more

Tennessee

Friday, May 22, 2015      2 comments

Tennessee, the Volunteer State, 16th to be admitted to the union, 42d alphabetically - we're racing down the home stretch! The capital and 2d largest city is Nashville, with Memphis being the largest city. Tennessee was the last to cecede to joi... Read more

South Dakota

Thursday, May 21, 2015      5 comments

South Dakota, 41st alphabetically, 40th to join the union, has multiple nicknames - oficially, The Mount Rushmore State, but also the Coyote State, Sunshine State, Blizzard State, Land of Infinite Variety, Artesian State, and Land of Plenty. Whe... Read more

South Carolina

Wednesday, May 20, 2015      4 comments

South Carolina, the Palmeto State, 8th of the 13 original colonies to ratify the US Constitution, 40th alphabetically. The capital and largest city is Columbia. Charleston is the oldest and second largest city. Not only was South Carolina the fi... Read more

Rhode Island

Tuesday, May 19, 2015      6 comments

Rhode Island, the tiniest state at 1,214 sq miles, known as the Ocean State, or Little Rhody. Officially, it has the longest name - the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The capital and largest city is Providence. RI was the fir... Read more

Pennsylvania

Monday, May 18, 2015      6 comments

Officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Keystone State, also known as the Quaker State, was the 2d to be admitted to the union, 38th alphabetically. William Penn established the colony of Pennsylvania largely as a haven for Quakers, and... Read more

Oregon

Sunday, May 17, 2015      8 comments

Oregon, end of the Oregon Trail, the Beaver State (clean up your minds, folks!). 33d to join the union, alphabetically 37th in the list of states. The capital is Salem, but Portland is the largest city. When I tried to find songs about Oregon, P... Read more

Oklahoma

Saturday, May 16, 2015      7 comments

Oklahoma, the Sooner State, got its nickname when the non-Native settlers staked their claims to choice land before the official opening of the territory. It was the 46th to join the union, 36th alphabetically in the state's tour. The capital a... Read more

Ohio

Friday, May 15, 2015      9 comments

Ohio, the Buckeye State, 17th to join the union, 35th by alphabet. Capital city - Columbus, and also the largest city. Cleveland is recognized as the largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) entirely within the state, with a 2013 census of 2,... Read more

North Dakota

Thursday, May 14, 2015      5 comments

North Dakota, the Rough Rider State, Flickertail State, or Peace Garden State, was the 39th state to join the union, 34th alphabetically. In this case "alphabetically" is significant - both North and South Dakota were admitted to the un... Read more

North Carolina

Wednesday, May 13, 2015      5 comments

North Carolina, the Tar Heel State or Old North State - 12th of the original colonies to ratify the constitution, 33d in the alphabetical tour of the states. Folk lore suggests "tar heel" started as a derogatory name for North Carolinians becaus... Read more

New York

Tuesday, May 12, 2015      7 comments

New York, the Empire State, 11 th colony to ratify the constitution, 32nd alphabetically. The capital is Albany, but the queen city is New York - "New York, New York, the city so nice, they named it twice". NYC is the most populous city in the ... Read more

New Mexico

Monday, May 11, 2015      7 comments

New Mexico, The Land of Enchantment, the 47th state to join the union, 31st alphabetically. The capital is Santa Fe, also called "the city different"; the largest city is my adopted hometown, Albuquerque. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fi... Read more

New Jersey

Sunday, May 10, 2015      6 comments

New Jersey, The Garden State, of "Jersey Shore" fame (or shame). (Was Snooki a Jersey Wh*re?) Anyway - 30th alphabetically, 3d of the 13 original colonies to ratify the constitution. 4th smallest state, 11th most populous, and the most densely ... Read more

New Hampshire

Saturday, May 09, 2015      5 comments

Another one of the original states, New Hampshire was the 9th to ratify the US constitution, and the first state to have its own constitution. 29th in the alphabetical tour, New Hampshire is the 5th smallest state. The state motto, Live Free o... Read more


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