Pennsylvania is one of our oldest states, and its history is ripe with interesting people and events that helped shape our country. Here are 20 interesting facts about Pennsylvania.
1 America's first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh, PA in 1909.
2 The city of Philadelphia was home to the first Continental Congress of the United States and was the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
3 Pennsylvania's state nickname is the Keystone State due to its keystone position in America's history.
4 Pennsylvania contains 20 state forests and 116 state parks.
5 Pennsylvania's major industries include farming, mining, electronics and pharmaceuticals.
6 The oldest golf course in the United States is located in Clarion, PA.
7 Pennsylvania is famous for its Amish population. In fact, it has the highest Amish population in the world.
8 Benjamin Franklin started the country's first zoo in Philadelphia.
9 Philadelphia was also one of the United States' capital cities.
10 Punxsutawney, PA is home to the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil who famously predicts the weather every Groundhog Day.
11 Pennsylvania was the second state to join the United States on December 12, 1787. It was founded by William Penn.
12 Pennsylvania is home to a variety of Revolutionary War and Civil War sites including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Valley Forge and Gettysburg.
13 Famous Pennsylvania natives include- Andy Warhol, Kobe Bryant, Benjamin Franklin, Will Smith and Bradley Cooper.
14 Pennsylvania is home to numerous snack companies including Hershey's, Utz, Planters and Auntie Anne's.
15 Pennsylvania's state bird is the Ruffed Grouse and the state flower is the Mountain Laurel.
16 The Constitution was first signed in Philadelphia in 1787.
17 Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag in Pennsylvania.
18 Of all of the thirteen original colonies, Pennsylvania is the only one that does not border the Atlantic Ocean.
19 The only American president born in Pennsylvania was James Buchanan who was also the only president not to be married.
20 The first general purpose computer was built in Philadelphia in 1946.