One Impressive Fact About Every State In America

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America turns 236 years old today. As we enjoy this day off to celebrate the nation’s independence, it’s also a good time to review some incredible facts about what makes each state the best in the world at something.   

Alabama's Anniston is home to the world's largest office chair.

Source: YouTube

Alaska has the world's highest concentration of Grizzly, Black and Polar bears in the world (over 100,000).

Source: Decorphoto

Arizona boasts the world's largest solar telescope in the town of Sells.

Source: 50 States

Arkansas produces half of the world's supply of bromine.


California's Sequoia National Park contains many of the world's largest trees.

Source: Wikipedia

The world's largest flat top mountain is in Grand Mesa, Colorado.

Source: 50 States

The first-ever nuclear submarine was built in Groton, Connecticut, in 1954.

Source: 50 States

The Delaware Memorial Bridge is the largest twin suspension bridge in the world.

Source: Dechiro

Florida contains the world's deepest freshwater spring in Tallahassee.

Source: 10 Facts

The carving of Confederate leaders on Georgia's Stone Mountain is the largest bas-relief carving on Earth.

Source: Wikipedia

Hawaii's Haleakala Crater is the largest dormant volcano in the world at seven miles across, two miles wide and 2,600 feet deep.

Source: AdrHI

Idaho's Soda Springs contains the world's largest man-made geyser.

Source: 50 States

The Chicago Public Library in Illinois is the largest public library in the world, with over two million books.

Source: 50 States

Indiana hosts the Indianapolis 500, the world's largest single-day sporting event.

Source: Dale Billman

Source: Snake Alley

The world's largest concentration of boulders resides in Rock City, Kansas.

Source: Wikipedia

Kentucky's Mammoth Cave is 360 miles long, the longest cave in the world.


Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain causeway in Metairie is the longest over-water bridge in the world, at 24 miles long.

Source: 50 States

Yarmouth, Maine, is home to the world's largest rotating globe at over 41 feet in diameter.

Havre de Grace, Maryland boasts the world's largest decoy museum with over 1,200 innovative floating sculptures.

Source: Decoy Museum

Source: 50 States

Rogers City, Michigan boasts the world's largest open pit limestone quarry.

Source: Wikipedia

Minnesota boasts the Mall of America, the largest single-building mall in the country which includes the largest indoor amusement park in the world.

Source: Wikipedia

The Mississippi gulf coast is the largest and longest man-made beach in the world.

Source: Miss. CV

Missouri Gateway Arch in St. Louis, at 630 feet, is the tallest stainless steel monument in the world.

The sedimentary rocks in Montana's Glacier National Park are the best preserved in the world, believed to be 1.6 billion years old.

Source: Wikipedia

Nebraska holds the world's largest train yard, Bailey Yard in North Platte, on eight miles of land.

Source: History

Las Vegas, Nevada, has the largest number of hotel rooms of any city in the world, with over 62,000 on the Vegas Strip alone.

Source: Wikipedia

New Hampshire's Mount Washington recorded wind speeds of 234 miles per hour in 1934, still the world record for land wind speed.

Source: 50 States

New Jersey's Atlantic City boasts the world's longest boardwalk at 5.5 miles long.

Source: Wikipedia

New Mexico holds the world's largest international hot air balloon festival every year in Albuquerque.

Source: Things To Do

The first 3-D film in history was played in New York's Astor Theatre in 1915.

Source: 50 States

Each year, High Point, North Carolina hosts the world's largest furniture trade show. Items are bought and sold in 188 separate buildings, spanning over 12 million square feet.

Source: Wikipedia

North Dakota's Jamestown hosts the world's largest buffalo statue at over 26 feet tall and 46 feet long.

Source: Wikipedia

Dresden, Ohio, is home to the world's largest basket at over seven stories tall.

Okmulgee, Oklahoma holds the Guinness World Record for the largest pecan pie, with a diameter of 40 feet and a weight of 16.5 tons.

Source: Oklmulgee

Oregon boasts the largest collection of carousel horses at the International Museum of Carousel Art in Hood River.

Source: Oregon

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is known as the mushroom capital of the world, producing over a million pounds a week.

Source: Wikipedia

Rhode Island has the world's largest bug, a 58-foot long termite made out of steel and fibreglass in Providence.

Sumter, South Carolina is home to the world's largest ginkgo farm with over 12 million trees.

South Dakota has the world's largest underground gold mine in Lead, though it closed in 2002.

Source: Wikipedia

Nashville, Tennesee's Grand Ole Opry has been broadcasting on the radio since 1925, the world's longest continuous radio show.

Source: Wikipedia

Texas' Port Lavaca holds the world's longest fishing pier.

Source: Port Lavaca

Utah's Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest natural bridge at 290 feet tall and 275 feet long.

Source: TLC

Vermont is home to the Vermont Teddy Bear company, the world's largest online bear company with over 500,000 annual sales.

Source: Wikipedia

Virginia is home to the Pentagon, the largest office building in the world containing over 68,000 miles of phone lines.

Source: 50 States

Washington is home to the world's largest building by volume. Boeing's plant in Everett is over 472 million cubic feet.

Source: Wikipedia

West Virginia's New Rivers Gorge Bridge is the world's third largest arch bridge at over 1,700 feet long.

Source: Wikipedia

The National Mustard Museum in Horeb, Wisconsin, holds over 5,300 types of mustard and holds the world's largest mustard collection.

Source: Wikipedia

Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park is the world's first national park spanning nearly 3,500 square miles.

Source: Wikipedia

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