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Old 06-21-2011, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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North Carolina State Facts, Did You Know...

North Carolina FIRSTS

The Wright brothers completed the first successful flight of a mechanically propelled airplane over the sands of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903.

The University of North Carolina was the first public university in the United States to open its doors.

The first known miniature golf course was in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.

The first English child born in America, Virginia Dare, was born in Roanoke, North Carolina, in 1587.

Many people believe that North Carolina was the first state to declare independence from England with the Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775.

Cabarrus County, North Carolina, was the site of America's first gold rush.

What was probably the first drawbridge built in the United States was built over the Cape Fear River.

The first state art museum in the country is located in Raleigh.

The first Pepsi was created and served in New Bern, North Carolina in 1898

The first outdoor drama in America, The Lost Colony, is staged every year in Manteo, North Carolina.

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Mount Mitchell is the tallest mountain in the eastern United States.

Jockey's Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Depending on the weather, its height can range from 80 to 100 feet!

Whitewater Falls in Transylvania County, one of over 200 waterfalls in North Carolina, is the highest waterfall on the East Coast.

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville is the largest private house in the world, with 250 rooms.

Grandfather Mountain is home to the nation's highest swinging bridge-one mile high.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the United States.

Albemarle Sound is the largest freshwater sound in the world.

Fontana Dam is the tallest dam in the Eastern United States, at 480 feet high.

The world's smallest daily newspaper is the Tryon Daily Bulletin.
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North Carolina has a county named Transylvania.
I did not know that...
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North Carolina has a county named Transylvania.
I did not know that...
I know of a road named Transylvania Avenue. Here in Raleigh.
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Since I live in TX

Texas:

Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.

The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.

More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.

Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.

Texas boasts the nation's largest herd of whitetail deer.

Sam Houston, arguably the most famous Texan, was actually born in Virginia. Houston served as governor of Tennessee before coming to Texas.

When Texas was annexed in 1845 it retained the right to fly its flag at the same height as the national flag.

Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.

Texas is home to Dell and Compaq computers and central Texas is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of the south.

Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.

The capitol in Austin opened May 16, 1888. The dome of the building stands seven feet higher than that of the nation's Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The worst natural disaster in United States history was caused by a hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900. Over 8000 deaths were recorded.

The Flagship Hotel on Seawall Boulevard in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built entirely over the water.
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I spent most of my life in VA.

Virginia:

Virginia is known as "the birthplace of a nation".

Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693.

On March 9, 1862 at Hampton Roads, Virginia, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimac) met in one of the most famous naval engagements in US history. Their battle, the first of its kind between metal armored vessels, changed for all time the nature of naval warfare.

About 1/2 of all the people in the United States live within a 500 mile radius of the Capital of Virginia.

Over 1/2 the battles fought in the civil war were fought in Virginia. Over 2,200 of the 4,000 battles.

In Virginia more people work for the United States government than any other industry. About 1/4 of Virginia's workers.

The Pentagon has nearly 68,000 miles of internal telephone lines.

Yorktown is the site of the final victory of the American Revolution.

Virginia has been dubbed the "Internet Capital of the world".

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is the world's largest bridge-tunnel complex.

George Washington's home, Mount Vernon, is located in Virginia.

Bristol is legally two cities but they share the same main street. One in Virginia and one in Tennessee each with its own government and city services.
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I'm not from TN but have lived there over 1/2 my life

Tennessee:

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis marks the site where Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in 1968.

On a clear day seven states are visible from Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga.

Bluegrass music originated in Bristol, in northeastern Tennessee.

The largest earthquake in American history, the New Madrid Earthquake, occurred in the winter of 1811-12 in Tennessee. Reelfoot Lake and Lake Counties were created during this earthquake.

The first guide dog for the blind in the U.S. lived in Nashville with her owner Morris Frank. “Buddy” was trained in Switzerland by The Seeing Eye, the first organization to train guide dogs.

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every weekend since 1925.

On October 7, 1916 Georgia Tech beat Cumberland University in a football game by a score of 222 to 0.

More Civil War battles were fought in Tennessee than in any other state except Virginia.

The only monument in the United States honoring both the Union and Confederate armies is located in Greenville at the Green County Courthouse.

Samuel Carter of Elizabethton was the only person in American history to be both an Admiral in the Navy and a General in the Army.

Andrew Johnson held every elective office at the local, state, and federal level, including President of the United States. He served as alderman, mayor, state representative, and state senator from Greeneville. He served as governor and military governor of Tennessee and the United States congressman, senator, and vice president, becoming President of the U.S. after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
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Originally Posted by 08PILOT View Post
I'm not from TN but have lived there over 1/2 my life

Tennessee:

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis marks the site where Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in 1968.

On a clear day seven states are visible from Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga.

Bluegrass music originated in Bristol, in northeastern Tennessee.

The largest earthquake in American history, the New Madrid Earthquake, occurred in the winter of 1811-12 in Tennessee. Reelfoot Lake and Lake Counties were created during this earthquake.

The first guide dog for the blind in the U.S. lived in Nashville with her owner Morris Frank. “Buddy” was trained in Switzerland by The Seeing Eye, the first organization to train guide dogs.

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every weekend since 1925.

On October 7, 1916 Georgia Tech beat Cumberland University in a football game by a score of 222 to 0.

More Civil War battles were fought in Tennessee than in any other state except Virginia.

The only monument in the United States honoring both the Union and Confederate armies is located in Greenville at the Green County Courthouse.

Samuel Carter of Elizabethton was the only person in American history to be both an Admiral in the Navy and a General in the Army.

Andrew Johnson held every elective office at the local, state, and federal level, including President of the United States. He served as alderman, mayor, state representative, and state senator from Greeneville. He served as governor and military governor of Tennessee and the United States congressman, senator, and vice president, becoming President of the U.S. after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
I think it has been said before. If you lived there for over half your life then its home...
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