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    Our American culture and history is built upon some very intersting facts.

    This thread is dedicated to presenting many of these facts. Please feel free to post any interesting facts relating to our great culture and history.

    Here are a few interesting tidbits to get started:



    More people live in New York City than in 40 of the 50 states.



    There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of liquid.



    There's a town in Washington with treetop bridges made specifically to help squirrels cross the street



    In 1872, Russia sold Alaska to the Unites States for about 2 cents per acre.

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    Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together. Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area (more than twice the size of Texas, the next the largest state) the 4th least populous and the least densely populated of the 50 states.Name:  AlaskaMap.jpg
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    In Montana, cattle out numbers people 3 to 1.
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    The Liberty Bell is an iconic American relic. Unfortunately, its tolling hasn’t been heard since George Washington’s Birthday in 1846. The bell, which used to reside in Pennsylvania’s Independence Hall, was erected in August 1752 and was first rung in July 8, 1776, to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ol' school View Post
    The Liberty Bell is an iconic American relic. Unfortunately, its tolling hasn’t been heard since George Washington’s Birthday in 1846. The bell, which used to reside in Pennsylvania’s Independence Hall, was erected in August 1752 and was first rung in July 8, 1776, to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
    Also, apparently the word “Pennsylvania” is misspelled on the Liberty Bell. though it is not clearly visible in the photo.

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    Aside from being the first President of the United States, George Washington was also quite the booze hound – and manufacturer. Washington was a savvy businessman who owned one of the largest distilleries in 18th century America, and by 1799 alone he was producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey.

    In 1797 George Washington’s farm manager, a Scot named James Anderson, convinced his employer that producing whiskey made from corn and rye grown on the plantation would be a natural complement to his milling business. Washington erected the 2,250 square foot distillery, making it among the largest whiskey distilleries in early America.

    Today, the two-story stone distillery is reconstructed and operates seasonally, mashing, fermenting and distilling grain as it was done in the eighteenth century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David357 View Post
    Also, apparently the word “Pennsylvania” is misspelled on the Liberty Bell. though it is not clearly visible in the photo.
    Yes, that is a fact. On the Liberty Bell, Pennsylvania is misspelled “Pensylvania.” This spelling was one of several acceptable spellings of the name at that time.
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    It would take you more than 400 years to spend a night in all of Las Vegas's hotel rooms.

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    This is a sad fact!

    8th January, 1836 is the last day in history that the USA had no national debt.
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