Ohio Statehood: March 1, 1803 Ohio State Motto: With God, All things are possible. Ohio State Bird: Cardinal Ohio State Flower: Scarlet Carnation Ohio State Tree: Buckeye Ohio State Capital: Columbus
But Did You Know...
Ohio gave America its 1st hot dog in 1900. Harry M.Stevens created the popular dining dog.
Ohio became the 17th state on March 1, 1803.
East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was the site of the first pedestrian button for the control of a traffic light. The boy chosen for the 1948 newsreel to demonstrate its operation was Louis Spronze.
Ohio has an area of 116,103 sq miles. It ranks 34th in state size.
Columbus is the state capital and Ohio's largest city.
50% of the United States population lives within a 500 mile radius of Columbus.
Dresden is the home of the world's largest basket. It is located at Basket Village USA.
Fostoria is the only city to be situated in three counties (Seneca, Hancock & Wood).
Ohio's state flag is a pennant design. It is the only state flag of that design in the United States.
Ohio University was founded in 1804 at Athens and is recognized as the first university in Ohio and in the Northwest Territory.
Oberlin College was founded in 1833.It was the first interracial and coeducational college in the United States.
The Glacial Grooves on the north side of Kelleys Island are the largest easily accessible such grooves in the world. They were scoured into solid limestone bedrock about 18,000 years ago by the great ice sheet that covered part of North America.
Marietta was Ohio's first permanent settlement. Founded in 1788 by General Rufus Putnam and named in honor of Marie Antoinette, then queen of France.
Chillicothe was Ohio's first capital city.
Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879.
Ohio is known as the Buckeye State.
Thomas A. Edison from Milan developed the incandescent light bulb, phonograph, and early motion picture camera.
John Lambert of Ohio City made America's first automobile in 1891.
Charles Kettering of Loundonville invented the automobile self-starter in 1911.
Charles Goodyear of Akron developed the process of vulcanizing rubber in 1839.
Roy J. Plunkett of New Carlisle invented Teflon in 1938.
W.F. Semple of Mount Vernon patented chewing gum in 1869.
John Mercer Langston is believed to have been the first African American elected to public office. He was elected clerk of Brownhelm in 1854.
Long jumper DeHart Hubbard was the first African American to earn an Olympic Gold Medal. The award occurred during the 1924 Olympics games held in Paris. He set the record for long jumping.
Jesse Owens grew up in Cleveland. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Paul Laurence Dunbar of Dayton is known as the poet laureate of African Americans.