Moving to Pennsylvania
The very core of American history resides in the state of Pennsylvania. Historical icons like George Washington and Benjamin Franklin immediately come to mind. One of the original thirteen colonies, it is the only colony not bordering on the Atlantic Ocean. Philadelphia was once the capital city of the United States and is the site of the first presidential mansion. It is still home to the Liberty Bell. Each year on Christmas day, the "Crossing of the Delaware" is reenacted at Washington Crossing.
Pennsylvania became the 2nd state in the nation on December 12, 1787. This state was named to honor Admiral William Penn and his son, William Penn, Pennsylvania's founder. With an area of 46,058 square miles, Pennsylvania is the 33rd largest state in the USA. It has a much higher rank in population. With over 12 million people, Pennsylvania is the sixth most populous state. Major industries are steel, farming (corn, oats, soybeans, mushrooms), mining (iron, lime, stone), electronics equipment, cars, and pharmaceuticals.
Now that you are moving to the Keystone State, impress your friends and family with these Pennsylvania fun facts:
State Capital is Harrisburg.
Largest city is Philadelphia.
State Motto: Virtue, Liberty, and Independence.
Pennsylvania is the first state to list their web site URL on a license plate.
The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 1784.
Betsy Ross made the first American flag in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is home to the cheesesteak sandwich, water ice, soft pretzels, and TastyKakes.
The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776.
In 1909, the first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh.
Actor Jimmy Stewart was born and raised in Indiana, PA. Each year at Christmas, the downtown area is decorated in the theme of the film "It's a Wonderful Life."
Punxsutawney citizens are proud to be over shadowed by their town's most famous resident, the world-renowned weather forecasting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.
Former president James Buchanan was born in Cove Gap in 1791.
State Flower is the Mountain Laurel.
Hershey, PA is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States.
Among his many accomplishments, Benjamin Franklin founded the Philadelphia Zoo, the first public zoo in the country.
Pittsburgh is famous for manufacturing steel. NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers.
PA is also home to Philadelphia 76ers (NBA); Philadelphia Eagles (NFL); Philadelphia Flyers (NHL); Philadelphia Phillies (MLB); Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB); and Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL).
Little League Baseball's first World Series was held in 1946 in Williamsport and is still held there every summer.
The Liberty Tunnel in Pittsburgh opened in 1924. At that time, the 5,700 foot facility was the longest artificially ventilated automobile tunnel in the world.
Kennett Square is known as the Mushroom Capital of the World.
The name of the State Song is "Pennsylvania."
State Bird is the Ruffed Grouse.
Enjoy your new home - Pennsylvania!