Facts About Pennsylvania

  1. Actor Jimmy Stewart was born and raised in the town of Indiana, PA. Every Christmas, the downtown area is decorated in the theme of the star’s classic Christmas hit, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  2. Pennsylvania leads the country in a lot of things. Some include the number of licensed hunters, pretzel bakeries, sausage production, covered bridges, and rural population.
  3. There have been more than 10 reported sightings of a ghost named Fred at the historic State Theater in downtown Easton. Fred was the manager of the theater from 1936 – 1965 and lived there for a short time.
  4. Pennsylvania was the second state to join the United States on December 12, 1787. It was founded by William Penn. 
  5. Pennsylvania is home to a variety of Revolutionary War and Civil War sites including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Valley Forge, and Gettysburg. 
  6. Famous Pennsylvania natives include- Andy Warhol, Kobe Bryant, Benjamin Franklin, Will Smith, and Bradley Cooper.
  7. Located in Pottsville, D. G. Yuengling & Son began brewing in 1829, making it the oldest operating brewing company in the United States. It also tied with Boston Beer Company (maker of Samuel Adams) in 2011 for sales.
  8. Pennsylvanians love their chips. PA has six regional potato chip companies: Herr’s, Utz, Martin’s, Bon Ton, Bickel’s and Snyder’s of Hanover scattered around the state’s Potato Chip Belt.
  9. Everyone knows Philadelphia is the proud home of the Liberty Bell. But you probably didn’t know that in 1777 the bell was stashed in the basement of Zion’s Reformed Church of Christ in Allentown to protect it from the British.
  10. Centralia, PA has been on fire since 1962. Seriously. The fire started with an accidental garbage fire that spread to the town’s coal mine, which has been burning underground ever since.
  11. Pennsylvania is home to numerous snack companies including Hershey’s, Utz, Planters and Auntie Anne’s. 
  12. Pennsylvania’s state bird is the Ruffed Grouse and the state flower is the Mountain Laurel.
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