Although Ohio was made a state in 1803 after its boundaries and Constitution were approved through Thomas Jefferson, the President didn’t approve it until 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the backdated Ohio’s admission to the union. Explore amazing Facts About Ohio below!
Ohio is often referred to as the “decision state” when it comes down to presidential elections. Only eight presidents lost in Ohio to reach the White House. John F. Kennedy, the last American President, elected without winning Ohio, was in 1960.
These are 25 facts that might surprise you about Buckeye State.
Facts About Ohio
1. Ohio takes its name from the Iroquois Ohio, which means “great river.”
2 Ohio wasn’t officially made a state until 1953. Although it was officially declared a state in 1803, President Dwight Eisenhower didn’t sign off with the presidential stamp of approval. He reverse-dated the declaration to the original date.
3. Ohio is often called the Buckeye State due to the abundance of buckeye trees throughout the Ohio River Valley. These small, brown-colored nuts look like an eye of a deer and are said to be good luck.
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4 Ohio native James Ritty invented the cash register back in 1878. Ritty was a saloon proprietor and had problems with his employees stealing his cash. Ritty came up with the idea for a machine to keep track of money transactions and look at machinery while on board a steamboat to Europe.
5 Talking of inventors, Thomas Edison was a native of Milan, Ohio.
6. Shawshank Redemption was filmed at Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield. You can tour the facility and see how it was used later for Air Force One.
7. The Cincinnati Red Stockings were before the Boston Red Sox. They were founded in 1869 and were the first professional baseball team.
8. Jerry Springer, 56, the mayor in Cincinnati, was before he entered television. Although he was open to running for Senate, he was worried about his show’s bad reputation.
9. Ohio hosts the “Only Presidential Museum.” This museum honors John Hanson, the first president of the United States. He and eight other Americans were elected to one-year terms before the Constitution’s creation. Nick Pahys, Jr. DDG-CH-AdVS-A.G.E.-LDA-FIBA (yes, he really does have many initials!) He didn’t like that the history textbook ignored this historical figure, so he created the museum. The museum offers portraits and artifacts and a personal tour by the owner.
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10 This state is home to the largest cuckoo clock in the world. This huge, functional structure is located in Sugarcreek. It’s the “Little Switzerland” of Ohio.
11. At least thirteen times, the Cuyahoga River caught fire. It was so polluted that sparks from a train would ignite the river. In 1969, Congress started to clean up the nation’s pollution and created the Environmental Protection Agency.
12. Ohio has a state rock song, “Hang On, Sloopy,” by the McCoys. This song was the original unofficial Ohio State marching band’s anthem. It makes sense.
13 Seven presidents were born here, making Ohio the “Mother of Modern Presidents.”
14. Ohio’s biggest industry is Agriculture. It contributes more than $93 Billion to Ohio’s economy each year. It is the number one state in Swiss cheese production.
15. Despite North Carolina’s arguments, Ohio is considered the birthplace of aviation. It is also home to Orville and Wilbur Wright, the inventors of the plane, as well 24 astronauts. Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, hails from Wapakoneta.
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16. Ohio is home to many well-known people. Steven Spielberg and Paul Newman are just a few notable Ohioans.
17. Ohio law prohibits more than five women from living in the same house.
18. Blanchester is home to the world’s largest horseshoe crab, measuring more than 55 feet in length.
19. The state flag of Ohio is not rectangular like other flags. It’s a pennant design and the only flag with this design in the United States.
20. State law in Ohio prohibits arrests on Sundays or the Fourth of July. This is a totally absurd and unenforceable provision.
21. Teflon was invented by Roy J. Plunkett, New Carlisle (Ohio), in 1938.
22. Tours of a trash-free house are possible. This is affectionately known as the ‘House of Trash.’ Spoiler alert: It’s cool.
23. The Marion Cemetery has a mysterious rolling globe. Since its installation in the late 1800s, the granite sphere weighing 5,200 lbs has been rotating on its base. It was featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” in 1929. It still moves at an average rate of two inches per calendar year.
24. Dayton’s Wright Brothers invented the first plane.
25. The Great Serpent Mound is a giant serpent effigy that can be found on a plateau in Adams County. It measures a quarter-mile in length.