Interesting Facts About Pennsylvania

  • Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States.
  • In 1940, Pennsylvania opened the first high-speed, multi-lane highway in the country, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which set the pattern for modern super-highways throughout the nation.
  • Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell belong today to the city of Philadelphia, which purchased the property for $70,000 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1816.
  • The first U.S. zoo was built in Philadelphia in 1876.
  • The first all-motion-picture theater in the world was opened on Smithfield Street in Pittsburgh on June 19, 1905, by John P. Harris and Harry Davis.
  • Pennsylvania is the first state of the fifty United States to list their web site URL on a license plate.
  • The first commercial broadcast station in the world was KDKA in Pittsburgh, which started daily schedule broadcasting on November 2, 1920.
  • Pennsylvania’s 51,000 farms are the backbone of the state’s economy. Pennsylvania is an important food distribution center, supplying farm and food products to markets from New England to the Mississippi River.
  • The earliest successful experiment of Thomas A. Edison with electric lighting was made in Sunbury.