Monday, September 17, 2018

September - Week 38 - Colorado - the Centennial State

38 Colorado

Date admitted to the US – August 1, 1876
Postal abbreviation – CO
Capital – Denver
Area – 104,093.57 [8th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 5,029,196 [22nd largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 48.5 [38th largest in the US]
Area codes – 303 , 719, 720, 970
Zip codes – 80001 - 81658
Number of counties – 64
State nickname –  Centennial State
State motto – "Nil sine Numine" - Nothing Without Providence   

State Flag of Colorado
Fun facts
-"Beulah red" is the name of the red marble that gives the Colorado State Capitol its distinctive splendor. All of the "Beulah red" marble in the world went into the Capitol. It cannot be replaced, at any price.
-Colorado is the only state in history to turn down the Olympics. The 1976 Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver, but 62% of all state voters chose not to host the Olympics.
-The United States Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs
-The town of Fruita celebrates 'Mike the Headless Chicken Day'. A farmer cut off Mike's head on September 10, 1945 and Mike lived another 4 years without a head.
-The United States federal government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado
-Colorado contains 75% of the US land area with an altitude over 10,000 feet, and has the highest mean altitude of all states
-The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level
-Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after being inspired by the view from Pikes Peak


Law Schools
-University of Colorado Law School 
-University of Denver Sturm College of Law

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Monday, September 10, 2018

September - Week 37 - Nebraska - the Cornhusker State

37 Nebraska
Date admitted to the US – March 1, 1867
Postal abbreviation – NE
Capital – Lincoln
Area – 77,353.73 [16th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 1,826,341 [38th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 23.8 [43rd largest in the US]
Area codes – 308, 402
Zip codes – 68001 - 69367
Number of counties – 93
State nickname –  Cornhusker State
State motto – Equality before the law  

State Flag of Nebraska
Fun facts
-Nebraska was once called "The Great American Desert"
-Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state
-The Union Pacific's Bailey Yards, in North Platte, is the largest rail classification complex in the world
-Nebraska is the only state in the union with a unicameral (one house) legislature
--The 911 emergency communication system was developed and first used in Lincoln, Nebraska
-Nebraska has more underground water reserves than any other state in the continental US
-The Nebraska Cornhuskers have been to a record 27 consecutive bowl games and 27 consecutive winning seasons
-Cozad, Nebraska is located on the 100th Meridian where the humid east meets the arid west
 

Law Schools
-Creighton University School of Law 
-University of Nebraska College of Law

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Monday, September 3, 2018

September - Week 36 - Nevada - the Silver State

36 Nevada

Date admitted to the US – October 31, 1864
Postal abbreviation – NV
Capital – Carson City
Area – 110,560.71 [7th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 2,700,551 [35th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 24.6 [44th largest in the US]
Area codes – 702, 775
Zip codes – 88901 - 89883
Number of counties – 16
State nickname –  Silver State
State motto – All for Our Country  

State Flag of Nevada
Fun facts
-In 1899, Charles Fey invented the Liberty Ball, the first slot machine.
-There were 16,067 slots in Nevada in 1960. In 1999 Nevada had 205,726 slot machines, one for every 10 residents.
-In 1931, the Pair-O-Dice Club was the first casino to open on Highway 91, the future Las Vegas Strip.
-In March 1931, Governor Fred Balzar signed the bill legalizing gambling in Nevada.
-Most of the state is desert, but the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Ruby Mountains have snow for half the year.
-85% of Nevada land is federally owned, including the secret Area 51.
-Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the nation, and is second in the world behind South Africa.
-At the Cal-Neva at Lake Tahoe's Crystal Bay, it is possible to stand in both Nevada and California inside the building.
-Las Vegas has more hotel rooms than any other place on earth.


Law Schools
-University of Nevada Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law 
 
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Monday, August 27, 2018

August - week 35 - West Virginia, the Mountain State

35 West Virginia
Date admitted to the US – June 20, 1863
Postal abbreviation – WV
Capital – Charleston
Area – 24,229.76 [41st largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 1,852,994 [37th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 77.1 [30th largest in the US]
Area codes – 304
Zip codes – 24701 - 26886
Number of counties – 55
State nickname –  Mountain State
State motto – "Montani semper liberi" - Mountaineers are always free 

State Flag of West Virginia
Fun facts
-West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the US.
-West Virginia is the southern most northern state and the northern most southern state.
-West Virginia, with a median age of 40, has the oldest population of any state.
-Nearly 75% of West Virginia is covered by forests.
-15% of the total coal production of the US comes from West Virginia.
-According to the crime index for 1997, West Virginia had the lowest crime rate in the country.
-West Virginia was the first state to have a sales tax, effective July 1, 1921.
-On May 31, 1910, the Supreme Court held that the Maryland-West Virginia boundary was the low-water mark of the south bank of the Potomac River.


Law Schools
-West Virginia University College of Law

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Monday, August 20, 2018

August - Week 34 - Kansas - the Sunflower State

34 Kansas
Date admitted to the US – January 29, 1861
Postal abbreviation – KS
Capital – Topeka
Area – 82,276.84 [15th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 2,853,118 [33rd largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 34.9 [41st largest in the US]
Area codes – 316, 620, 785, 913
Zip codes – 66002 - 67954
Number of counties – 105
State nickname –  Sunflower State
State motto – "Ad astra per aspera" - To the stars through difficulties 

State Flag of Kansas
Fun facts
-Dodge City is the windiest city in the US.
-At one time, it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.
-Smith County is the geographical center of the 48 contiguous states.
-The Geodetic Center of North America is about 40 miles south of Lebanon at Meade's Ranch. It is the beginning point of reference for land surveying in North America. When a surveyor checks a property line, he or she is checking the position of property in relation to Meade's Ranch in northwest Kansas.
-Sumner County is known as The Wheat Capital of the World.


Law Schools
-University of Kansas School of Law 
-Washburn University School of Law

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Monday, August 13, 2018

August - Week 33 - Oregon - the Beaver State

33 Oregon
Date admitted to the US – February 14, 1859
Postal abbreviation – OR
Capital – Salem
Area – 98,380.64 [9th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 3,831,074 [27th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 39.9 [40th largest in the US]
Area codes – 503, 541, 971
Zip codes – 97001 - 97920
Number of counties – 36
State nickname –  Beaver State
State motto – "She Flies With Her Own Wings" and "The Union"

State Flag of Oregon
Fun facts
-Oregon's state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs.
-Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state.
-The Oregon Trail is the longest of the overland routes used in the westward expansion of the US.
-There are nine lighthouses standing along Oregon's coastline. Five are still in use. The others are designated historic monuments.


Law Schools
-Lewis & Clark Law School 
-University of Oregon School of Law 
-Willamette University College of Law

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Monday, August 6, 2018

August - Week 32 - Minnesota - the North Star State

32 Minnesota
Date admitted to the US – May 11, 1858
Postal abbreviation – MN
Capital – St. Paul
Area – 86,938.87 [12th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 5,303,925 [21st largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 66.6 [32nd largest in the US]
Area codes – 218, 320, 507, 612, 651, 763, 952
Zip codes – 55001 - 56763
Number of counties – 87
State nickname –  the North Star State
State motto – "L'Etoile du Nord" - The Star of the North

State Flag of Minnesota
Fun facts
-At 9.5 million square feet, the Mall of America in Bloomington is the size of 78 football fields.
-Minneapolis’ famed skyway system connecting 52 blocks (nearly five miles) of downtown makes it possible to live, eat, work and shop without going outside.
-The Metrodome is the only facility in the US to host a Super Bowl, a World Series, and a NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship.
-The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the US.
-Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
-Tonka Trucks are manufactured in Minnetonka.
-Minnesota has one recreational boat per every six people, more than any other state.
-There are 201 named Mud Lakes, 154 named Long Lakes, and 123 named Rice Lakes in Minnesota.


Law Schools
-Hamline University School of Law 
-University of Minnesota Law School 
-University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis 
-William Mitchell College of Law

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