50 States

A Snacky State of Mind
August 12th, 2019

Pennsylvania is home to the Liberty Bell, which is 3 feet tall and weighs more than 2,000 pounds. But you won’t find Pennsylvania written on the Liberty Bell. Instead it reads “Pensylvania,” because back in 1754 nobody could decide whether to spell it with 2 n’s or 3 n’s. Luckily they know how to spell […]

A Wheel-y Impressive State
August 11th, 2019

Illinois is home to the city of Chicago, where the world’s first “skyscrapers” were built. But it’s also where the world’s first Ferris wheel was built! Back in 1893, Chicago hosted a giant fair called the World Expo. They needed something as exciting as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. So a guy named George […]

Show Me a Waffle
August 10th, 2019

Today is Missouri’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate than with a waffle cone? After all, waffle cones were invented here in 1904. It was another great accidental food invention. An ice cream vendor at the World’s Fair ran out of paper cups. The friendly waffle maker next door rolled a thin waffle into […]

This Place Rocks
August 9th, 2019

Nevada’s name means “snow-covered.” That’s funny, since it’s the driest state in America! The state gets only about 9 inches of rain all year, though some spots get up to 40 inches. And on cold mountaintops, that turns into snow. Sometimes “dry” can mean “boring,” but Nevada’s deserts are exciting. There are wild creatures and […]

I Owe a Lot to Iowa
August 8th, 2019

Today’s the perfect time to travel to Iowa, because it’s holding its big state fair! The Iowa State Fair is one of our country’s biggest and best-known. More than 1 million people show up to check out crafts, animals, and of course, food. Lots of the treats from the 200+ food stands are fried on a stick. […]

The Best West
August 7th, 2019

Today we visit the only U.S. state with “West” in its name: West Virginia! There are no “East” states, but there are two pairs of “North” and “South” states (the Carolinas and the Dakotas). West Virginia is also home to the largest alluvial diamond ever found in the US. ‘Alluvial’ means that the diamond was […]

Going Nuts Over Burgers
August 6th, 2019

Montana is often called Big Sky Country. But it’s got big land, too – it’s our 4th-largest state. And on that land, you can find big herds of cows. There are about 2.5 million cows in Montana, which is more than twice the number of people living there. So it makes sense that Montana also […]

A Real Gem Of a State
August 5th, 2019

Arkansas is a pretty surprising state. First of all, the name doesn’t sound a lot like how it’s spelled. Secondly, there are diamonds in the ground – and you can grab them almost for free! That’s right, Arkansas is home to Crater of Diamonds State Park. This place used to be a diamond mine, but now it’s […]

Scouting Out a Great State
August 4th, 2019

We have to thank this state for being sweet, too. Girl Scout cookies were first made here! Back in 1917, a troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma baked the cookies right in their own kitchens. Everyone loved the cookies so much that soon they were being sold all over America. Oklahoma might also be home to the […]

Home Sweet-Tooth Home
August 3rd, 2019

Today we visit New Hampshire, the only state in New England that’s actually named after a place in England. This beautiful state has been ranked the #1 state to live in many times. It also has another #1: it was home to the first American (and 2nd-ever human) in space, Alan Shepard, who was also […]