November 6, 2012

Fifteen Fun Facts About Pennsylvania



Ten fun facts extracted from

  1. In 1946 Philadelphia became home to the first computer.
  2. Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States
  3. The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 1784.
  4. In Philadelphia in 1775 Johann Behrent built the first piano in America calling it under the name “Piano Forte.”
  5. Philadelphia is the site of the first presidential mansion.
  6. “Doctor, if you don’t give me something to help me breathe, I’m going to stop!” came the urgent cry of 16-year old Frederick Gable of Loganville. Vowing not to lose another patient to pneumonia, Dr. George Holtzapple successfully created the first application of oxygen, thus saving his patient’s life and winning international fame through his discovery. The year was 1885.
  7. Indiana County is the Christmas Tree capital of the world.
  8. Actor Jimmy Stewart was born and raised in the town of Indiana. Each year at Christmas the downtown area is decorated in the theme of the film “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
  9. Philadelphia was once the United States capital city.
  10. Punxsutawney citizens are proud to be over shadowed by their town’s most famous resident the world-renowned weather forecasting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney is billed as the weather capital of the world.

To which I’ll add five more:

  1. Idlewild Park came into existence when William Darlington, owner of the property, gave “the right and privilege to occupy his land for picnic purposes or pleasure grounds” to Judge Thomas Mellon, owner of the Ligonier Valley Railroad. The date was May 1, 1878.
  2. Idlewild Park, located in the Ligonier Valley, is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and the third oldest operating amusement park in the United States.
  3. In order to construct the railroad through the mountains, Irish laborers worked with picks and shovels to cut away the front of a mountain to form a ledge on which they could place the tracks.
  4. The tracks went up the eastern side of the mountain, turned left to cross the valleys to the western side where they turned left again. The result resembled a horseshoe,
  5. Lower Turkeyfoot Township was named so because of the way Laurel Creek and Casselman River come together and then join the Youghiogheny River—a juncture that looks like a turkey’s foot.



Youghiogheny River AKAs


From Ligonier to Ligonier: Part I:


  1. You’re so historical…Carolyn / also precise.

    Comment by Joan — November 8, 2012 @ 8:43 am | Reply

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