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FAQ, Trivia and Information on Life in America: Ask-A-Desi

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In this section, we present some trivia on Capital Cities, Some Interesting 'State Capital' Information the Pennsylvania Bakery Law and links of interest to Indians


State of America, States of USA

Capital Cities and Largest Cities

As you can see from the chart, only 17 state capitals are also the biggest cities of the state. That means, state capital is a less popular and less populated city in as many as 33 states!

State Capital Largest City
Alabama Montgomery Birmingham
Alaska Juneau Anchorage
Arizona Phoenix Phoenix
Arkansas Little Rock Little Rock
California Sacramento Los Angeles
Colorado Denver Denver
Connecticut Hartford Bridgeport
Delaware Dover Wilmington
Florida Tallahassee Jacksonville
Georgia Atlanta Atlanta
Hawaii Honolulu Honolulu
Idaho Boise Boise
Illinois Springfield Chicago
Indiana Indianapolis Indianapolis
Iowa Des Moines Des Moines
Kansas Topeka Wichita
Kentucky Frankfort Louisville
Louisiana Baton Rouge New Orleans
Maine Augusta Portland
Maryland Annapolis Baltimore
Massachusetts Boston Boston
Michigan Lansing Detroit
Minnesota St. Paul Minneapolis
Mississippi Jackson Jackson
Missouri Jefferson City Kansas City
Montana Helena Billings
Nebraska Lincoln Omaha
Nevada Carson City Las Vegas
New Hampshire Concord Manchester
New Jersey Trenton Newark
New Mexico Santa Fe Albuquerque
New York Albany New York City
North Carolina Raleigh Charlotte
North Dakota Bismarck Fargo
Ohio Columbus Columbus
Oklahoma Oklahoma City Oklahoma City
Oregon Salem Portland
Pennsylvania Harrisburg Philadelphia
Rhode Island Providence Providence
South Carolina Columbia Columbia
South Dakota Pierre Sioux Falls
Tennessee Nashville Memphis
Texas Austin Houston
Utah Salt Lake City Salt Lake City
Vermont Montpelier Burlington
Virginia Richmond Virginia Beach
Washington Olympia Seattle
West Virginia Charleston Charleston
Wisconsin Madison Milwaukee
Wyoming Cheyenne Cheyenne

Note: You may also be interested in statistics of Asians and Indians living in the US and North America


Some Interesting 'Capital' Information

  • Four state capitals are named after Presidents: Jackson (Mississippi), Jefferson City (Missouri), Madison (Wisconsin) and Lincoln (Nebraska)
  • There is a U.S. state capital named after a famous German. Bismarck(North Dakota) is named after Otto von Bismarck
  • All but five state capitals are served by the Interstate Highway System. Those that are not served are: Juneau (Alaska), Dover (Delaware), Jefferson City (Missouri), Carson City (Nevada) and Pierre (South Dakota).
  • Montpelier (Vermont) is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonald's restaurant!
  • The country's first parking meter was located in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma)
  • Coca-Cola was founded in Atlanta(Georgia), in 1892.
  • Of the 50 state capitals, Phoenix (Arizona) is the largest by population. It is 6th largest populated city in US.
  • Honolulu (Hawaii) means "protected bay" in Hawaiian language
  • Denver(Colarado) International Airport is the areawise largest ( 53 square miles) in North America.
State Capitals

Pennsylvania Bakery Law

On a potato chips packet or say a Kellogg’s cereal box, you may notice a cryptic notation: “Reg. Penna. Dept. of Agr

What, you may have wondered, does the Pennsylvania dept of Agriculture have to do with your box of cornflakes made in say Michigan, or California or Texas state?

The answer dates back to 1933, when the state of Pennsylvania enacted the PA Bakery law. The law was a direct response to the technological revolution of the early 20th century, which enabled large manufacturing concerns to flood local markets with their goods. Baking became a big business with resourceful state, national and even international baking companies supplanting small neighborhood bakeries. PA passed its law to ensure that baked goods arriving from out of state met the same high standards as those produced locally. It stipulated that in order to peddle baked goods – including everything from potato chips and pretzels to pasta – in the state of PA, companies must hold a PA bakery license. Then, as now, to obtain a license, a bakery must pass an annual inspection for cleanliness and labeling accuracy and its employees must undergo yearly medical examinations.

Keystone State's Dept!
Rather than try to visit each out-of-state bakery personally, officials at the PA dept of Agriculture rely on the agriculture depts. of other states to annually inspect bakeries under their jurisdiction and submit their findings to Pennsylvania. The notation “Reg. Penn. Dept. of Agr” stands, as a proof that the product within has met required standards and is licensed to be sold in Pennsylvania. Most bakeries find it easier and less costly to include the notation on all packaging rather than specially printing just those packets/boxes destined to wind up on grocery store shelves in PA.

PA is not alone in requiring bakery inspection and licensing – in fact, all fifty states now do so. But only PA requires an inspection notation. Since standards still vary from state to state the mark continues to ensure the quality of baked goods sold in the Keystone (nick name of Pennsylvania) state. Today, it is a good advertising for a state that since 1933 has been certified “pure and clean”!


Ownership of Rivers: Ohio River, flows through many states, but belongs to whom?

Rivers are the property of the States in which they flow. When a river forms the boundary between two States the title of each State is presumed to extend to the middle of the main channel. Sometimes two States agree to exercise concurrent jurisdiction over a river which forms the boundary between them. The Ohio river, however, is a notable exception to the general rule.

Kentucky and West Virginia have absolute jurisdiction over the entire Ohio River along the shores as far as the low-water mark on the banks of this river in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois States. If a person commits a crime on that river near the Illinois, Indiana or Ohio shore, he is amenable to the laws of Kentucky or West Virginia. The gambling and fishing rules of Kentucky are enforced to the entire northern bank of the stream. Thus it is possible for a person to violate a Kenctucky law by fishing on the Ohio side of the river.
Ohio river flows thru many states But why this? Isn't it strange that Ohio State got its name because of the river but the river belongs to two other states?

The Northwest Territory, from which Illinois, Indiana and Ohio states were carved, was ceded to the Federal Government in 1784 by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The resolution of cession retained title and jurisdiction over the Ohio river to the low-water mark on the northern bank, and these rights were transmitted to Kentucky and West Virginia when they were later formed from Virginia territory.

Similarly, the Potomac river between Maryland and Virginia states has some strange ownership rules.



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