Interesting Facts about Pennsylvania: 10 Facts about The Keystone State

Pennsylvania, or officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is the fifth most populous state that spanning the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, Appalachian, and Great Lakes regions of the United States. Pennsylvania is bordered by New York to the north, New Jersey to the east, Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario to the northwest. The Keystone State and the Quaker State are two nicknames for Pennsylvania. In this article, we will talk about 10 interesting Pennsylvania facts that will give us more knowledge about this “Keystone State”.

1. Pennsylvania is located in the Middle of the Original Thirteen Colonies

Pennsylvania was one of the original thirteen colonies and it’s located in the middle of the thirteen colonies between the northern and southern colonies. As it’s located in the middle of the original thirteen colonies, Pennsylvania got “the Keystone State” nickname. “The Keystone State” nickname also because of the number of important American documents that was signed in Pennsylvania (such as the Declaration of Independence).

Flag of Pennsylvania
Flag of Pennsylvania

2. Harrisburg is the Capital City of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia is the Largest City

The capital city of Pennsylvania is Harrisburg. Harrisburg has been the capital city of Pennsylvania since 1812. The largest city in Pennsylvania is Philadelphia. Philadelphia is also the sixth-largest city in the United States. Greater Philadelphia, or commonly called the Delaware Valley, is the largest metropolitan area in Pennsylvania that extends to New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg
Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg

3. Pennsylvania was One of the Largest Land Grants to an Individual in History

Charles II granted a land charter to William Penn to repay a debt owed to William’s father on February 28, 1681. William Penn was a Quaker leader and the son of Admiral Penn. The debt was £16,000 (around £2,100,000 in 2008 with inflation adjusted). This transaction was one of the largest land grants to an individual in history. The land was named Pennsylvania by the King in honor of Admiral Penn.

King Charles II of England
King Charles II of England

4. Beaver Stadium in Pennsylvania is the Second Largest Stadium in Western Hemisphere

Beaver stadium is an outdoor football stadium located in University Park, Pennsylvania on the campus of Pennsylvania State University. It’s the home stadium of Penn State Nittany Lions since 1960. With 106,572 seating capacity, Beaver stadium is the second largest stadium in the United States and western hemisphere behind Michigan Stadium that has slightly more seating capacity. Beaver Stadium is also the fourth largest in the world.

Beaver Stadium
Beaver Stadium

5. Pennsylvania Has More Amish Population than Any Other States in the United States

The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, Christian pacifism, and slowness to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. They are a group of traditionalist Anabaptist Christian church fellowships with Swiss German and Alsatian origins. Pennsylvania has the largest population of Amish of any state in the United States.

Amish buggy in Pennsylvania
Amish buggy in Pennsylvania

6. Pennsylvania is the Only State in the United States that Produces Anthracite Coal

Pennsylvania is one of the largest coals producing state of the United States. It’s the only state that produces anthracite coal. Anthracite coal is the highest ranking of coal as it comes with has the highest carbon content (between 86% and 97%) with fewest impurities to bring highest energy density of all types of coal. The largest known deposits of anthracite coal can be found in the Coal Region of northeastern Pennsylvania.

Anthracite Coal
Anthracite Coal

7. Foxburg Country Club is the Oldest Golf Course in Continuous Use in the United States

Established in 1887, Foxburg Country Club located in Foxburg, Clarion County, Pennsylvania is the oldest golf course continuously used in the United States. The golf course was built by Joseph Mickle Fox. In 2007, Foxburg Country Club and Golf Course was listed as on the National Register of Historic Places. We can also find the American Golf Hall of Fame, a museum of old and valuable golf clubs and artifacts, on the top floor of the Foxburg Clubhouse.

Foxburg Golf Course
Foxburg Golf Course

8. Mount Davis is the Highest Natural Point of Pennsylvania

With (3,213 ft or 979 m) elevation, Mount Davis is the highest natural point of Pennsylvania. Mount Davis is located in the Forbes State Forest in Elk Lick Township, Somerset County. It’s named after John Nelson Davis, American Civil War veteran that studied the flora and fauna of the mountain. We can reach the summit of Mount Davis by car that can take you near the summit or by several hiking trails.

Forbes State Forest
Forbes State Forest

9. Ruffed Grouse is the Official State Bird of Pennsylvania

The official state bird of Pennsylvania is the ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) that was designated in 1931. Ruffed grouse is a medium-sized non-migratory bird that is widely distributed in North America. It’s a popular game bird that can thrive during severe winters. Ruffed Grouse is a ground-dwelling bird that seldom flies far. Ruffed grouse prefer to walk or even run away from danger.

Ruffed grouse
Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus)

10. The Official State Flower of Pennsylvania is The Mountain Laurel

The mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) is the official state flower of Pennsylvania. It was adopted as the state flower in 1933. The mountain laurel is a species of flowering plant that is native to the eastern United States. It can grow up to 9 m (29.5 ft) tall with hexagonal flowers. Mountain laurel is poisonous to several animals due to its grayanotoxin and arbutin. Besides the state flower of Pennsylvania, the mountain laurel is also the state flower of Connecticut.

Mountain laurel
Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

It’s surely welcome if you want to share more interesting facts about Pennsylvania since there are surely many more interesting facts about Pennsylvania that are not mentioned in this article.

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