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Washington State

Wednesday, May 27, 2015      5 comments

Officially The State of Washington, It's most often called Washington state to distinguish it from Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia) It was named after George Washington - the only state to be named after a President. It had been called th... Read more

Virginia

Tuesday, May 26, 2015      9 comments

The Commonwealth of Virginia was one of the original 13 colonies. The Old Dominion, or Mother of Presidents, was the 10th to ratify the constitution of the US. It's the 46th alphabetically - just the W's left after this! The capital is Richmond... Read more

Vermont

Monday, May 25, 2015      6 comments

Vermont, the Green Mountain State, is the only New England state not bordering the Atlantic*. It's the first state admitted to the Union, making it the 14th state, 45th alphabetically. The capital city is Montpelier, the largest city is Burling... Read more

Utah

Sunday, May 24, 2015      9 comments

Utah, the Beehive State, was the 45th to join the Union, 44th alphabetically. The capital and largest city is Salt Lake City. The city was founded by Brigham Young and other Mormon leaders in 1847, at (wait for it) Great Salt Lake. Read more

Texas

Saturday, May 23, 2015      6 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      5 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      6 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      10 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


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