“Every State in the US” .
start with Alabama, the first statealphabetically. Magnolia Springs, Alabama is the only townin America to have their mail delivered by boat, although the longest mail delivery routein America is in rural Oklahoma where delivery drivers have to drive 187.6 miles each dayto delivery the mail to around 200 houses. Oklahoma’s state vegetable is the watermelon,which happens to be a fruit, and Oklahoma is also home to Kansas, the town. The real Kansas, or more specifically thispoint, is the geographic center of the contiguous United States. What Kansas is not home to is Kansas Citywhich counterintuitively is in Missouri where the population center of the US is—the averagelocation of every American.
Missouri borders eight states, and is thereforetied with Tennessee as the state that borders the most other states. Tennessee was a southern state that secededfrom the United States and joined the confederacy in the lead up to the Civil War except forScott County which seceded from Tennessee and formed an unrecognized independent state. Scott County didn’t actually officiallyrejoin Tennessee until 1986. Tennessee’s western border was originallydefined by the course of the Mississippi River which has since changed course which has ledto all these enclaves and exclaves of the two states on the two sides of the river.
The Arkansas River, a major tributary of theMississippi, begins all the way in Colorado, where nobody’s entirely sure which mountainis the tallest, Mount Elbert or Mount Massive, since their heights are within 10 feet ofeach other and people keep building piles of rocks on the summits to make one mountaintaller than the other. Colorado is also home to the America’s longestcontinuous street —Colfax Avenue in Denver at 26 miles long, but the shortest individuallynamed street in America is reportedly McKinley street in Bellefontiane Ohio at a mere 28feet long. Ohio’s northernmost point is actually southof Canada’s southernmost point—Pelee island. Pelee island, Canada, in fact, is farthersouth than parts of 27 states including California which as a state has a higher population thanthe entire country of Canada. Los Angeles, California, despite being onthe Pacific ocean, is east of six state capitals including Reno, Nevada.
Nevada has the point in the entire UnitedStates where you’re farthest from a McDonalds—only 116 miles—although Nevada is not the statewith the fewest McDonalds. That title goes to the state with 29 McDonalds,North Dakota, which according to some legal experts wasn’t technically a state until2012 since their constitution was missing this sentence which meant it didn’t fulfillthe federal requirements for statehood. Despite having the fewest McDonalds, NorthDakota is not America’s least populated state. That’s Wyoming which has two sets of escalatorsin the entire state. Wyoming is well known for hosting YellowstoneNational Park, although a bit of it spills over into Idaho, though in this section youcan get away with murder. You see, with the sixth amendment, if you’replaced on trial its required that you are judged by a jury of your peers which meansindividuals from the same state and federal district as where the crime was committed. Yellowstone is its own Federal district meaningyou’d need residents from Yellowstone to be on the jury although if you were in theIdaho part you’d need Yellowstone residents from Idaho to be on the Jury… except this50 square mile section is entirely uninhabited, so they wouldn’t be able to form a jurywhich means you’d walk free.
There’s also one single road connectingthe entire southern section of Idaho to the northern section. Idaho, with its fairly low population, hasone single telephone area code for the whole state, just like neighboring Montana. Montana is home to the least busy commercialairport in the US—Dawson Community Airport—at 4,000 passengers per year or about 11 perday. Missoula Montana is also home to the warehouseof DFTBA where you can buy one of these—a Wendover Productions t-shirt—for only $20. The link is in the description. The busiest airport in America is Atlanta’sat 49 million passengers per year or 135,000 per day. Peachtree, a suburb of Atlanta, is a communitythat has 90 miles of golf-cart specific roads adjacent to its normal roads since 9,000 familieshere have golf carts as their second cars. Kids are even encouraged to drive to schoolfrom the age of 12 in their golf carts. Georgia, or more specifically Springer Mountain,Georgia is the start of the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail which is a hiking trailthat terminates way up at Mount Katahdin, Maine. Maine is the only state in the United Statesto only border one other state and its also the closest state to Africa—seriously, itscloser than Florida.
The second closest state to Africa is Massachusettsor more specifically Cape Cod, Massachusetts which is technically an island since a man-madecanal separates it from the mainland. Massachusetts is actually farther from Miamithan Panama City is, and Miami is closer to the country capitals of Nassau Bahamas andHavana Cuba than to its own state capital—Tallahassee. Florida has the lowest highest point of anystate—312 feet—23 times lower than South Dakota’s highest point. South Dakota is home to the geographic centerof the entire United States including Alaska and Hawaii and it was made a state a merenine days before Washington, which was called Columbia before it became a state. Its name was changed as to not confuse itwith the District of Columbia but obviously that didn’t work out since DC’s city endedup also being called Washington. Washington Place is the official residenceof Hawaii’s governor and Hawaii was given its own unique currency during WWII that wasits only legal tender so that, in case the Japanese successfully invaded Hawaii, thefederal government could declare all of Hawaii’s currency worthless to prevent the Japanesefrom using it. The closest state to Hawaii is Alaska whosecapital, Juneau, has no roads connecting it with the rest of Alaska or North America meaningyou can’t drive in or out. Alaska is also one of the four states thatcompletely bans outdoor billboards along with Hawaii, Maine, and Vermont whose tallest buildingis only 11 stories tall.
That’s the shortest tallest building ofany state. The tallest building in the states is FreedomTower in New York. New York is home to Ellis Island, or at leastthis part of it. Their territory is completely surrounded byNew Jersey, similar to Liberty Island—home to the Statue of Liberty—which is completelysurrounded by New Jersey Waters which means you need to travel through New Jersey to getfrom New York to New York. Clinton Road in West Milford, New Jersey hasAmerica’s longest red light—a full five minute wait. New Jersey actually goes surprisingly farsouth[(still view of Kentucky’s —farther south than Kentucky’s northernmost point.] In its south-west corner, Kentucky has a ratherlarge piece of territory thats not actually connected to the rest of Kentucky. Kentucky was the birthplace of Lincoln whowas later elected to the Illinois House of Representatives and in Illinois is the originalburger king, but its not the burger king you’re thinking of. This burger king existed before this burgerking and therefore sued burger king when they came to Illinois for trademark infringementand won, so now no burger king is allowed to operate within a 20 mile radius of thisoriginal burger king. Chicago, Illinois, America’s 3rd largestcity, is just a tad larger than the forth largest city—Houston, Texas and Texas isso enormous that El Paso, Texas is closer to Los Angeles than it is to Houston, Texas. Texas’ northernmost point is also closerto Michigan than it is to its southernmost point.
From Detroit, Michigan, you actually end upin Canada if you travel due south and Michigan is also the only state to be made of two entirelyseparated sections. Michigan’s Highway 185 is actually a bikepath making it the only official highway in America where cars are banned. Michigan’s upper peninsula is only connectedby land to Wisconsin which is home to the Green Bay Packers—a team so popular thatthe waiting list for season tickets is 30 years long. It’s so long that its common for parentsto put their kids name on the list as soon as they’re born. In Watertown, Wisconsin is Utah street, butthe real Utah has the longest section of Interstate in the US with no gas stations—106 mileson I-70. I-70 ends over 2,000 miles away in Baltimore,Maryland and the entire state of Maryland has zero natural lakes. It also has this panhandle that reaches aminimum width of 1.8 miles before expanding back out to 30 miles width out near West Virginiawhich is definitively a southern state but also has a panhandle that reaches as far northas New York City and Nebraska. Monowi, Nebraska is the only incorporatedmunicipality in the United States that have a population of one.
The one resident, Elsie Eiler, is mayor andruns the library and tavern which is granted a liquor license each year by Elsie herself. Tortilla Flat, Arizona is six times largerthan Monowi since it has six residents and Arizona also has 1/4 of the four corners monument—theonly point where four states meet in the US—Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico which as astate, by law, still recognizes Pluto as a planet. New Mexico is typically the last state tovote in presidential primaries whereas Iowa is usually the first. Iowa is the only state in the US whose easternand western borders are both water—in this case rivers. The eastern border is the Mississippi river,which happens to be the namesake for Mississippi. The Mississippi river also flowed backwardsfor a full 24 hours in 2012 during Hurricane Isaac but the Mississippi doesn’t actuallyreach the ocean in Mississippi. It does so in Louisiana—home to the longestbridge over water in the world at 24 miles. That’s so long that for eight of those miles,you can’t even see land on either side. One of the other longest bridges in the USis in North Carolina—the the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge which carries cars out toKitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers successfully flew a heavier than air aircraft for the firsttime in history. It was a 12 second, 120 foot flight—thatsshorter than the wingspan of a Boeing 747. North Carolina’s southern neighbor is SouthCarolina although South Carolina isn’t all that south since more than half of it is northof North Carolina’s southernmost point and South Carolina also has a town called Northmaking it North, South Carolina.
South Carolina was the site of the first civilwar battle and the civil war ended up having a total of one battle over in Indiana wherethe Indy 500 speedway is which is so enormous that you could comfortably fit the entirecountry of the vatican inside it. It can also fit 400,000 people which is thehighest capacity of any sports arena in the world. Indiana’s state beverage is water, whileOregon’s is milk. Portland, Oregon is home to the world’ssmallest park according to the Guinness world records book—mill end park. Oregon is also one of the few states to nothave a sales tax along with New Hampshire—the only state to have no law requiring adultsto wear seat belts. Connecticut Lake, in New Hampshire, is thesource of the Connecticut River which is what Connecticut the state is named after. Hartford, Connecticut's airport, at less than3 million passengers per year, is the smallest airport in the US to have a direct flightto Europe. Delaware, on the other hand, certainly doesn’thave a direct flight to Europe since its the only state that you can’t fly to. There’s not one commercial flight in orout of this tiny state.
It’s the second smallest state behind RhodeIsland which is so small that the entire state grows by 3% during low tide. Rhode Island’s second largest city, Warwick,shares its name with Warwick Pennsylvania and in Pennsylvania is Centralia where theground has been on fire since 1962 due to a coal mine fire and its expected to burnfor over 200 years.Pennsylvania borders Minnesota, well not really,but Pennsylvania Avenue does intersect Minnesota Avenue in DC, and Minnesota is home to thenorthernmost point in the lower 48. You see, most of the US-Canada border is definedby the 49th parallel but a surveying error led to this. The couple hundred residents of this area,called the Northwest angle, are completely cut off from the US and need to pass intoCanada then back into the United states to go to school. Also in northern Minnesota is Virginia, thetown, but Virginia, the state is massive. So massive that Ewing, Virigina, is closerto eight other state capitals than it is to its own state capital, Richmond. Alexandria, Virginia is actually closer toToronto, Canada than it is to Ewing, Virginia. Virginia also happens to go farther west thanwest Virginia.