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INTRODUCTION
Learning about our 50 unique states will be a rewarding experience for you. However,
before beginning, you may find it beneficial to read the following information.
1) Each state is listed in alphabetical order.
2) At certain places within this book, INFO pages have been inserted to give you a more
organized look at certain important facts. (An index of these INFO pages can be found on
the next page.)
3) Information for each state includes:
* the name of the state's capital
* the date that the state entered the Union
* the state‘s population and population ranking
* the state‘s land area and land area ranking
* the names of the state’s three most populous cities
* a picture of the state and the state's flag
* two stories about the state
* a STATE FACTS box that contains some quick facts about the state
* and a number in the STATE FACTS box that represents that state’s order of admission
to the Union. For example, since Hawaii was the 50th state, the number 50 will appear
in its STATE FACTS box. To find out what the number‘s COLOR represents, turn to the
Civil War map on page 14.
4) As mentioned before, a state's three most populous cities can be found on its STATE PAGE.
Take a look at Alabama on page 6 of this book. Do you see BIRMTNGHAM, MONTGOMERY,
and MOBILE? These are listed in order with the most populous city being mentioned first.
In other words, Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, Montgomery is the second largest,
and Mobile rounds out the third spot.
5)At the bottom of each STATE PAGE is the challenge of all challenges: the four
GEOQUJZZES! If you want to learn more about the GEOQUIZZES, turn to page 5.
BEWARE!
READ THIS PAGE BEFORE
CONTINUING.

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6 ALABAMA
CAPITAL: Montgomery
STATEHOOD: December 14, 1819
Population: 4,631,000 __ Area: 50,750 square miles
RANK: 22nd RANK: 28th
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MONTGOMERY. In 1955, Rosa
Parks refused to give up her bus seat
to a white man. She was imprisoned
and later released. However, her act
led to a boycott of Montgomery‘s
transportation system which gained
much attention throughout the nation.
Later, the Supreme Court declared
many of the state’s segregation laws
unconstitutional and other stands
against injustice began. No doubt,
the civil rights movement owes a lot
to the efforts of Rosa Parks.
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* 1861. Montgomery served as the
first capital of the Confederacy.
* In 1902, Dr. Luther Hill performed
the first open heart surgery in the
Western Hemisphere. He was in
Montgomery at the time.
* Sports greats Henry Aaron, Willie
Mays, and Joe Lewis were born
in Alabama.
* The first rocket to put a man on
the moon was made in Alabama.
* People from Alabama are called
Alabamians.
TRIUMPH. Blind and deaf from the age of nineteen months, Helen Adams
Keller became a renowned author and lecturer. Learning to read, write,
and speak in several languages, she not only was considered America‘s
“First Lady of Courage," she became an inspiration to the world. Alabama
honored Helen Keller for her ability to overcome obstacles by featuring
her portrait on the backside of the state's quarter.
M GEOQUIZ
STATES CAPITALS BORDERS TRIVIA
l border New York, The Battle of Yorktown
Massachusetts, and was fought in
Rhode Island. this state.
My capital is
RICHMOND
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ALASKA
CAPITAL: Juneau
STATEHOOD: January 3, 1959
Population: 700,000 Area: 570,374 square miles
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RANKI 47th RANK: 1st
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* In 186?, the U.S. purchased
Alaska from Russia. The price
wasjust over 7 million dollars, or
about 2 cents per acre. What
a deal!
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The Great Race. The Alaskan Iditarod is a dogsled race
that covers over 1,150 miles. As participants make their
way from Anchorage to
Nome, they must cross
frozen rivers, barren
mountain ranges, dense
forests, desolate tundras, .
and windy coastlines.
It‘s no wonder that, after
facing sub-zero temperatures
and blinding winds for days at
a time, some consider it a victory
tojust reach the finish line.
* Gold was discovered in Alaska by
Joe Juneau in 1880. The state's
capital is named in his honor.
* Alaska is called the Last Frontier
State.
* By far, Alaska has more land than
any other state.
* Alaska‘s Mount McKinley is the
tallest mountain in the U.S.
What time is it? Because of the natural wobble of the earth, the sun
doesn‘t set in Barrow (America’s northernmost city) between May 10th
and August 2nd of each year! That’s right, twenty-four hours of sunlight
for more than 80 straight days. Then, come November, the sun doesn’t
rise above the horizon for sixty straight days on this city of nearly 5,000
people.
GEOQUIZ
STATES CAPITALS BORDERS TRIVIA
My Capital is | border North Dakota, The only state that
- - | border is
Iowa, and Wisconsin. _
PHOENIX New Hampshire.
I am not Wyoming.
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8 Alma NA
CAPITAL: Phoenix
STATEHOOD: February 14, 1912
Population: 5,230,000
Area: 113,642 square miles
RANK: 20th RANK: 6th
Ph°e“'“‘ Tu05°“ Mesa
ONE OF SEVEN. The Grand
Canyon is considered one
of the seven natural wonders
of the world. Stretching for
over 277 miles, Arizona‘s
magnificent ditch has an
average width of 10 miles
and an average depth of
one mile. So, if you plan
to visit the desert state, be
careful of that first step!
Note: In 1915, only 106,000 visitors saw the canyon.
Today, more than four million people visit each year.
IrTOMBSTONE. On October 26th, 1881, Sheriff Wyatt Earp and his brothers,
Morgan and Virgil, met their friend, Doc Holliday, on their way to the OK
Corral. Here they confronted the Clanton and McLaury gang that had
earlier threatened to kill the Earps. In the historic moments to follow,
gunfire was exchanged and three men lay dead: Billy Clanton,
Tom McLaury, and Frank McLaury. The fight lasted about 30 seconds.
AZ
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* Arizona is known as the Grand
Canyon State.
* It’s hard to believe, but the original
London bridge is in Arizona! It
was brought to the state from
England and rebuilt, stone by stone.
* Arizona produces more copper
than any other state.
* The tallest fountain in the world is
believed to be located in Fountain
Hills, Arizona.
* At least five flags have flown over
the land that is now Arizona.
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LANSING
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I don’t border any
BORDERS TRIVIA
I am called the
LONE STAR
State.
states, but I do
touch Canada.
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0 ARKANSAS
CAPITAL: Little Rock
STATEHOOD: June 15, 1836
Population: 2,750,000 Area: 52,075 square miles
RANK: 33rd RANK: 27th
State.
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* In 1880, General Douglas
Two TERMS' William Jefferson MacArthur was born in Little Rock.
Y; ' “Bill” Clinton, a native son of
m ,,..mn..,,l',,; -;,,. Arkansas, became the 42nd
President of the United States in
1993. He served two terms and
focused much of his domestic
priorities on creating a universal
healthcare system, improving
education, restricting handgun
s > ,6 sales, and strengthening America‘s
I environmental regulations. When
he left office, his approval rating
was a lofty 65%.
* Arkansas is home to Bentonville.
Here, Sam Walton founded his
Wei-Mart stores.
* Arkansas is famous for the Ozark
National Forest and its many hot
springs.
* A person from Arkansas is called
an Arkansan.
NATURAL RESOURCES. Arkansas ranks first in the world in
its production of bromine, an element that‘s useful in making .-
sanitizers, dyes. and flameproofing agents. Also, over 80% of "x
our nation‘s bauxite comes from Arkansas. 80, what's bauxite?
It‘s the ore from which our aluminum is made.
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STATES CAPITALS BORDERS TRIVIA
My capital is word? 'dah‘g The Great Salt Lake
MONTPELIER Ycoonlig'riagasn is in this state.
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