Fun Ohio Facts

red carnations in Ohio

Did you know that the carnation is the official state flower?

First city in the United States to have police cars?

The first police car was purchased in Akron for the Akron police in 1899 made by the Collins Buddy Company for $2,400. It was run on a battery and top speed was 18 for 30 miles.

Did you know there is a Castle in Ohio?

• Built by Harry Andrews, 15 miles outside of Cincinnati.
• Harry started constructing the castle in the 1920’s and worked on it for 50 years.
• Harry built the entire castle himself, using 2,600 sacks of cement and 32,000-quart milk cartons, for forming concrete bricks, 54,000 five-gallon buckets of dirt, and 56,000 pail-fulls of stone.
• Harry started the Knights of the Golden Trail, an organization still together today.
• Some say the castle is haunted.

The most interesting fact is that the land was given to Harry by several families because they received the plots free from the Cincinnati Enquirer. In the 1920’s if you purchased a year subscription to the Cincinnati Enquirer you received a plot of land for free as an incentive for paying in full. Now that is a fun Ohio fact!

Ohio was the 1st state to have a State Rock Song

Technically, Ohio was the only state until 2009 when Oklahoma joined in and officially made “Do You Realize?” by The Flaming Lips it’s official state rock song.

NAME OF THAT ROCK SONG?

HANG ON SLOOPY!

Have you heard of the Zanesville’s Y Bridge?

The Y-bridge crosses the Muskingum River, which flows through the city, and the Licking River, which comes in from the west. The original bridge was constructed in 1814 and there have been a total of 5 built since that time. ”Ripley’s Believe It or Not” claims the Y-bridge is the only bridge in the world that one can cross and still be on the same side of the river.

Where is the World's Largest Cuckoo Clock?

Did you know???? Ohio houses the world’s largest cuckoo clock. The giant, fully functional structure is appropriately located in Sugarcreek, the “Little Switzerland of Ohio.”

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