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Key Facts

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Ohio State Facts

Population (1994): 11,102,000 (7th in size)

State size: 41,330 square miles (35th in size)

State Capital: Columbus (named after Christopher Columbus)

Major cities: Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo

Admission to union: The 17th State

Date entered the union: March 1, 1803

Origin of state name: Named from the Indian word "oheo" meaning "beautiful".

Nicknames: The Buckeye State

Bordering states: Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana

State bird: Cardinal

State flower: Scarlet Carnation

State tree: Buckeye

Motto: With God, All Things are Possible


Geographic Landmarks

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The Seneca Caverns were discovered in 1872.  


Points of Interest

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The Professional Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio.  


Major Industries

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Manufacturing includes iron and steel, glass, automotive parts, and electrical equipment. Agriculture includes pig and sheep farming, corn, pork and dairy products. Natural resources include coal, oil, gas, clay and stone.  


Historical Highlights

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First explored by the French and British in the late 1600s, Ohio became a British territory in 1763. It came under United States control in 1783. Ohio was a major east-west route for both steamboats and the railroad.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Ohio

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Ohio State Government home page

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