Monday, November 12, 2018

November - Week 46 - Oklahoma - the Sooner State

46 Oklahoma

Date admitted to the US – November 16, 1907
Postal abbreviation – OK
Capital – Oklahoma City
Area – 69,898.8 [19th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 3,751,351 [28th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 54.7 [36th largest in the US]
Area codes – 405, 580, 918
Zip codes – 73001 - 74966
Number of counties – 77
State nickname –  The Sooner State
State motto – "Labor omnia vincit" - Labor Conquers All Things

State Flag of Oklahoma
Fun facts
-The world's first parking meter was set in Oklahoma City, on July 16, 1935.
-Boise City, Oklahoma was the only city in the United States to be bombed during World War II.  A B-17 Bomber based at Dalhart Army Air Base dropped six practice bombs on the town on July 5, 1943.
-The National Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in Oklahoma City.
-The town of Beaver claims to be the Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World. The World Championship Cow Chip Throw is held here each April.
-Oklahoma is tribal headquarters for 39 Native American tribes.
-April 22, 1889 was the first day homesteading was permitted.  On that date, 50,000 people swarmed into the area. Those who tried to beat the noon starting time were called Sooners.


Law Schools
-University of Oklahoma College of Law 
-Oklahoma City University School of Law 
-University of Tulsa College of Law

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Monday, November 5, 2018

November - Week 45 - Utah - the Beehive State

45 Utah
Date admitted to the US – January 4, 1896
Postal abbreviation – UT
Capital – Salt Lake City
Area – 84,896.9 [12th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 2,763,885 [33rd largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 33.6 [41st largest in the US]
Area codes – 435, 801
Zip codes – 84001 - 84791
Number of counties – 29
State nickname –  The Beehive State
State motto – Industry  

State Flag of Utah
Fun facts
-The world's first transcontinental railroad was completed at Promontory where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met on May 10, 1869.
-The Great Salt Lake covers 2,100 square miles, with an average depth of 13 feet. The deepest point is 34 feet.
-Because of the state's inland location, Utah's snow is unusually dry, “the world's greatest powder”. Fourteen Alpine ski resorts operate in Utah.
-Utah has the highest literacy rate in the nation.


Law School
-Brigham Young University - J Reuben Clark Law School 
-University of Utah, SJ Quinney College of Law

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Monday, October 29, 2018

October - Week 44 - Wyoming - the Equality State

44 Wyoming
Date admitted to the US – July 10, 1890
Postal abbreviation – WY
Capital – Cheyenne
Area – 97,813.2  [10th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 563,626 [50th largest - smallest - in the US]
Population density per square mile – 5.8 [49th largest in the US]
Area codes – 307
Zip codes – 82001 - 83414
Number of counties – 23
State nickname –  The Equality State
State motto – Equal Rights  

State Flag of Wyoming
Fun facts
-Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote.
-Yellowstone is the first official National Park (1872). The majority of Yellowstone Park lies within the boundaries of Wyoming.
-Devils Tower is the first National Monument (1906)
-Wyoming leads the country in coal production as of 1994 with 3 million tons per week.
-The Red Desert in south central Wyoming drains neither to the east nor to the west. The continental divide splits and goes around the desert on all sides leaving the basin without normal drainage. 


Law Schools
-University of Wyoming College of Law

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Monday, October 22, 2018

October - Week 43 - Idaho - the Gem State

43 Idaho

Date admitted to the US – July 3, 1890
Postal abbreviation – ID
Capital – Boise
Area – 83,569.1 [14th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 1,567,582 [39th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 19.0 [44th largest in the US]
Area codes – 208
Zip codes – 83201 - 83877
Number of counties – 44
State nickname –  The Gem State
State motto – "Esto perpetua" - May it Endure Forever  


State Flag of Idaho
Fun facts
-Idaho law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy weighing more than 50 pounds.
-Birds of Prey Wildlife Area is home to the world's most dense population of nesting eagles, hawks, and falcons.
-Seven Devils' Peaks, one of the highest mountain ranges in Idaho, includes Heaven's Gate Lookout, where sightseers can look into four states. 


Law Schools
-University of Idaho College of Law

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Monday, October 15, 2018

October - Week 42 - Washington - the Evergreen State

42 Washington
Date admitted to the US – November 11, 1889
Postal abbreviation – WA
Capital – Olympia
Area – 71,298.0 [20th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 6,724,540 [13th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 101.2 [25th largest in the US]
Area codes – 206, 253, 360, 425, 509
Zip codes – 98001 - 99403
Number of counties – 39
State nickname –  The Evergreen State
State motto – "Alki" (By and By) 


State Flag of Washington
Fun facts
-The state's capitol building was the last state capitol building to be built with a rotunda.
-Everett is the site of the world's largest building, Boeing's final assembly plant.
-Puget Sound's many islands are served by the largest ferry fleet in the United States.
-The Grand Coulee Dam, completed in 1941, is the largest dam in the United States.
-In 1980, the northeast face of Mount St. Helens exploded outward, destroying a large part of the top of the volcano.
-The state of Washington is one of only seven states that does not levy a personal income tax.
-Property tax was the first tax levied in the state of Washington and its collection accounts for about 30 percent of Washington's total state and local revenue.


Law Schools
-Gonzaga University School of Law 
-Seattle University School of Law 
-University of Washington School of Law

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Monday, October 8, 2018

October - Week 41 - Montana - the Treasure State

41 Montana

Date admitted to the US – November 8, 1889
Postal abbreviation – MT
Capital – Helena
Area – 147,039.6 [4th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 989,415 [45th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 6.8 [48th largest in the US]
Area codes – 406
Zip codes – 59001 - 59937
Number of counties – 56
State nickname –  Treasure State, Big Sky Country
State motto – "Oro y plata" - Gold and Silver

State Flag of Montana
Fun facts
-The average square mile of land contains 1.4 elk, 1.4 pronghorn antelope, and 3.3 deer.
-46 out of Montana's 56 counties are considered "frontier counties" with an average population of 6 or fewer people per square mile.
-Yellowstone National Park in southern Montana and northern Wyoming was the first national park in the nation.


Law Schools
-University of Montana School of Law

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Monday, October 1, 2018

October - Week 40 - South Dakota - the Mount Rushmore State

40 South Dakota

Date admitted to the US – November 2, 1889
Postal abbreviation – SD
Capital – Pierre
Area – 77,116.49 [17th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 814,180 [46th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 10.7 [47th largest in the US]
Area codes – 605
Zip codes – 57001 - 57799
Number of counties – 64
State nickname –  Mount Rushmore State
State motto – "Under God the people rule"    

State Flag of South Dakota
Fun facts
-Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in 1927. It took 14 years and cost $1 million.
-The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are sculpted into Mount Rushmore.
-South Dakota is the home of the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota tribes, which together are the Sioux Nation.
-Harney Peak, at 7242 above sea level, is the highest point in the United States east of the Rockies.


Law Schools
-University of South Dakota School of Law

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