of America, States of USA
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!
||New York City
||Salt Lake City
||Salt Lake City
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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
- 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
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.
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”!
of Rivers: Ohio
River, flows through many states, but belongs to whom?
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.
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.
||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
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.