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Kentucky
1
Which state is home to the world's longest cave?

Founded: 1792
Capital: Frankfort
State Bird: Cardinal
Nickname: The Bluegrass State
Why the name? Bluegrass is not really blue, but it is a green type of grass that’s common in Kentucky.

Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world. It is 400 miles long and is twice the length of its runner-up, San Actun in Mexico. Actual mammoths probably couldn’t have fit in the low-roofed cavern, but humans can—lots of them visit the cave each year!

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsKY.pdf
Florida
1
Which state is home to Everglades National Park?

Founded: 1845
Capital: Tallahassee
State Bird: Mockingbird
Nickname: The Sunshine State
Why the name? Florida is closer to the equator than most U.S. states, meaning more heat and sunshine.

The Everglades is an area of tropical wetlands. It’s very humid and is home to many alligators because of its swampy ecosystem.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsFL.pdf
Indiana
1
Which state is home to a famous 500-mile race?

Founded: 1816
Capital: Indianapolis
State Bird: Cardinal
Nickname: The Hoosier State
Why the name? Nobody really knows—but it’s also the name of the famous basketball team, the Indiana Hoosiers.

You guessed it. The Indy 500 is an annual auto race. It is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and many NASCAR drivers race there.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsINDIANA.pdf
New Mexico
1
Which state is home to the world’s largest hot air balloon festival?

Founded: 1912
Capital: Santa Fe
State Bird: Roadrunner
Nickname: Land of Enchantment
Why the name? The nickname refers to the scenic and enchanting beauty of the land.

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico is held over a span of nine days, and over 500 balloons participate. It began in 1972 and has occurred every year since that time. Float on!

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsNM.pdf
Alaska
1
Which state is home to the Eskimo?

Founded: 1959
Capital: Juneau
State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
Nickname: The Last Frontier
Why the name? At the time of nicknaming, it was the last state added to the United States. They hadn’t added Hawaii yet!

Eskimos are the indigenous people of Alaska, also known as the Inuit. They mainly rely on hunting and gathering. Alaska has an arctic climate full of cold, snowy winters and cool summers. Brrr!

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsALASKA.pdf
Alabama
1
Which state is home to the city known as the rocket capital of the world?

Founded: 1819
Capital: Montgomery
State Bird: Yellowhammer
Nickname: Heart of Dixie
Why the name? Geographically, Alabama is in the “heart” of the southern United States.

To Huntsville and beyond! The city of Huntsville, Alabama is known as “The Rocket City” because of its association with U.S. Space missions and its NASA space center. America’s first satellite was launched here.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsALABAMA.pdf
Utah
1
Which state is known as the Beehive State?

Founded: 1896
Capital: Salt Lake City
State Bird: California Gull
Nickname: Beehive State
Why the name? The Beehive is an official emblem on the state flag and seal.

Buzz, buzz. Bees are supposed to be hard workers, so Utah adopted the image of the bee as a symbol of industry and perseverance.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsUTAH.pdf
Ohio
1
Which state is home to the world's first electrified city?

Founded: 1803
Capital: Columbus
State Bird: Cardinal
Nickname: The Buckeye State
Why the name? This comes from Buckeye trees, which are a kind of tree found in Ohio.

Let there be light! Thomas Edison and Charles Brush helped electrify Ohio, making the city of Cleveland one of the first to have streetlights.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsOHIO.pdf
New Hampshire
1
Which state is nicknamed the "Granite State?"

Founded: 1788
Capital: Concord
State Bird: Purple Finch
Nickname: The Granite State
Why the name? Granite is the traditional rock in New Hampshire!

Granite is a rock that’s common in this state. It once had a large industry of extracting granite for sculptures and memorials.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsNH.pdf
Rhode Island
1
Which state is known for being the smallest?

Founded: 1790
Capital: Providence
State Bird: Rhode Island Red
Nickname: The Ocean State
Why the name? Rhode Island borders the ocean and is a major tourism spot.

Rhode Island only covers 1,214 square miles. It also has several bays and inlets, but even those don’t add enough space to bump up its ranking!

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsRI.pdf
Connecticut
1
Which state is where the lollipop was invented?

Founded: 1788
Capital: Hartford
State Bird: American Robin
Nickname: The Constitution State
Why the name? An early version of the Constitution has been thought to originate here.

In Connecticut in 1908, George Smith started making sweets that were put onto sticks and named them after a popular racehorse, Lolly Pop.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsCON.pdf
Nebraska
1
Which state has a football team called the Cornhuskers?

Founded: 1867
Capital: Lincoln
State Bird: Meadowlark
Nickname: Cornhusker State
Why the name? Because of the football team! There’s also lots of corn—and lots of cattle that eat it.

The University of Nebraska football team is called the Cornhuskers. Actually, all its sports teams are called the Cornhuskers! Their mascots are Herbie Husker and Lil’ Red.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsNEBRASKA.pdf
Nevada
1
Which state is the driest?

Founded: 1864
Capital: Carson City
State Bird: Bluebird
Nickname: Silver State
Why the name? It is rich in silver and used to be a big mining state.

Nevada has the least amount of rain and snowfall.  It only gets 9 inches of precipitation per year, but Hawaii, the wettest state, gets 68 inches per year.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsNEVADA.pdf
Arkansas
1
Which state is home to the Hot Springs National Park?

Founded: 1836
Capital: Little Rock
State Bird: Mockingbird
Nickname: The Natural State
Why the name? It is home to many lakes, streams, forests and mountains, and the residents pride themselves on their nature preservations.

This national park has hot springs that flow from the mountains. People use spring water for lots of things, such as healing spas and baths—and for drinking!

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsARK.pdf
California
2
Which state produces half of America’s fruit?

Founded: 1850
Capital: Sacramento
State Bird: California Quail
Nickname: The Golden State

Why the name? This name comes from the famous California Gold Rush of 1848, when miners moved to the state for its massive gold deposits.

The next time you’re enjoying a healthy fruit, keep in mind that it probably came from California! California is one of our biggest states and produces half of America’s fruit—including kiwis, plums and lemons. 

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsCALI.pdf
Georgia
2
Which state is known for its peaches?

Founded: 1788
Capital: Atlanta
State Bird: Brown Thrasher
Nickname: The Peach State
Why the name? There are lots of peach festivals in Georgia, and they even have a water tower made to look like a peach.

Here’s another fruit-focused state! Peach is the main agricultural crop in Georgia. Production in Georgia reaches about two million bushels of peaches each year.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsGEORGIA.pdf
Iowa
2
Which state is the ice cream capital of the world?

Founded: 1846
Capital: Des Moines
State Bird: Goldfinch
Nickname: The Hawkeye State
Why the name? The name comes from the book The Last of the Mohicans, from 1826. 

I scream, you scream…La Mars, Iowa is home to a huge ice cream company. Ever since 1994, the town has been called the “Ice Cream Capital of the World.”

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsIOWA.pdf
Maine
2
Which state is the lobster capital of America?

Founded: 1820
Capital: Augusta
State Bird: Black-capped Chickadee
Nickname: The Pine Tree State
Why the name? There are lots of large forests with White Pine trees. Maine has a large lumber industry.

Maine is known for its seafood industry, particularly clams and lobsters. They have a world-famous lobster festival every year.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsMAINE.pdf
Idaho
2
Which state is the largest producer of potatoes?

Founded: 1890
Capital: Boise
State Bird: Mountain Bluebird
Nickname: The Gem State
Why the name? Some random guy made it up. No, really.

Idaho produces one-third of the potatoes grown in the U.S. Idaho has rich soil and a perfect climate for growing potatoes. The “Idaho” potato is a very popular kind of potato.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsIDAHO.pdf
North Dakota
2
Which state grows more sunflowers than any other state?

Founded: 1889
Capital: Bismark
State Bird: Meadowlark
Nickname: Peace Garden State 
Why the name? It references the International Peace Garden on the border of North Dakota and Canada.

Around half of the sunflowers in the U.S. are produced in North Dakota. Growing season is typically from June to September.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsND.pdf
Hawaii
2
Which state did volcanoes create it?

Founded: 1959
Capital: Honolulu
State Bird: Nene
Nickname: The Aloha State
Why the name? Aloha is a word used to greet people in Hawaii.

The Hawaiian Islands were formed by volcanic activity. The islands are popular tourist destinations because of this, along with their massive beaches and tropical weather. Sounds like a volcanic vacation!

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsHAWAII.pdf
Kansas
2
Which state is the wheat capital of the world?

Founded: 1861
Capital: Topeka
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
Nickname: The Sunflower State
Why the name? The sunflower is the official state flower!

Here’s a tongue twister: Wellington is the wheat capital of the world! This city in Kansas produces mass quantities of wheat, even during the winter season.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsKANSAS%20%281%29.pdf
Minnesota
2
Which state is home to the country’s largest indoor mall?

Founded: 1858
Capital: Saint Paul
State Bird: Common Loon
Nickname: Land of 10,000 Lakes
Why the name? EBecause there actually are that many lakes! In fact, there are even more than that.

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota is the size of SEVEN baseball stadiums. It currently has an indoor theme park, which attracts many visitors.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsMINN.pdf
Massachusetts
2
Which state is home to the original tea party?

Founded: 1788
Capital: Boston
State Bird: Wild Turkey
Nickname: The Bay State
Why the name? The original name of Massachusetts was the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Being ruled by England was just not our cup of tea. The Boston Tea Party was held in Massachusetts in 1773.  It was an iconic protest for our independence from Great Britain.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsMASS.pdf
Colorado
3
Which state was the inspiration behind the song “America the Beautiful?"

Founded: 1876
Capital: Denver
State Bird: Lark Bunting
Nickname: The Centennial State
Why the name? It became a state one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence, and “Centennial” means a one hundred year anniversary.

From sea to shining sea, Katherine Bates traveled across the country to Colorado, where she decided to write “America the Beautiful.” She went on an expedition of Pike’s Peak, which is a summit of the Rocky Mountains.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsCOLORADO.pdf
Arizona
3
Which state is home to the Grand Canyon?

Founded: 1912
Capital: Phoenix
State Bird: Cactus Wren
Nickname: The Copper State
Why the name? It produces more copper than any other state in the U.S.

It’s a little rough around the edges, but the wondrous Grand Canyon is a 270-mile long gorge carved by the Colorado River. It has become a national park and attracts many visitors each year. You can even ride a mule around the canyon!

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsARIZONA.pdf
Delaware
3
Which state was the first to ratify the Constitution?

Founded: 1787
Capital: Dover
State Bird: Blue Hen
Nickname: The First State
Why the name? Why the name? Because it was the first state! Since they ratified the constitution first, it was considered the first colony to officially enter the U.S.

No taxation without representation! Delaware was the first to ratify the Constitution in 1787. Delaware was one of the original 13 colonies that participated in the American Revolution.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsDEL.pdf
Illinois
3
Which state is home to the world’s first skyscraper?

Founded: 1818
Capital: Springfield
State Bird: Cardinal
Nickname: The Prairie State
Why the name? Most of the state was once covered with prairie grass. 

Penthouse floor, please! The Home Insurance Building is considered the first skyscraper, which was built in Chicago, Illinois. It was demolished in 1931. There is a new building now, but a memorial plaque is still there.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsILL.pdf
Louisiana
3
Which state is known for its annual Mardis Gras celebration?

Founded: 1812
Capital: Baton Rouge
State Bird: Brown Pelican
Nickname: The Pelican State
Why the name? It’s the state bird, and they’re everywhere in Louisiana!

Beaded necklaces and Cajun cuisine signal the world-famous Mardis Gras parade held in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is held carnival-style and celebrates the religious holiday Fat Tuesday.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsLOUIS.pdf
Maryland
3
Which state was the first to use a post office system?

Founded: 1788
Capital: Annapolis
State Bird: Baltimore Oriole
Nickname: Old Line State
Why the name? The “Old Line” refers to the soldiers from Maryland who fought in the Revolutionary War.

We’ve come a long way from carrier pigeons, haven’t we? William Goddard inaugurated the first Post Office system in 1774 in Maryland. The Maryland Gazette is also the oldest published newspaper in the U.S.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsMARY_0.pdf
Michigan
3
Which state’s capital is known as the “Motor City?”

Founded: 1837
Capital: Lansing
State Bird: American Robin
Nickname: The Great Lake State
Why the name? Four of the five Great Lakes border Michigan: Lake Superior, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, of course!

Which state’s capital is known as the “Motor City?” Vroom, vroom! Detroit is known as the “Motor City” because it used to be the heart of the U.S. automotive industry.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsMICH.pdf
Montana
3
: Which state is nicknamed the “Treasure State?”

Founded: 1889
Capital: Helena
State Bird: Meadowlark
Nickname: The Treasure State, AND Big Sky Country
Why the name? They also call Montana Big Sky Country because of its unobstructed view of the sky.

“The Treasure State” was the nickname given to Montana because of its rich minerals and mining industry. It was put on license plates from 1950 to 1966.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsMONT.pdf
South Dakota
3
Which state is home to Mount Rushmore?

Founded: 1889
Capital: Pierre
State Bird: Ring-necked Pheasant
Nickname: The Mount Rushmore State
Why the name? The Mount Rushmore statue is a big tourist attraction for the state.

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore (hence the name). The sculpture features the heads of four U.S. presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsSD.pdf
Tennessee
3
Which state is known as the home of country music?

Founded: 1796
Capital: Nashville
State Bird: Mockingbird
Nickname: The Volunteer State
Why the name? In the War of 1812, many people from Tennessee volunteered to serve.

Its capital, Nashville, is known as “Music City U.S.A.” and is home to the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame. Many famous country musicians made their start in Tennessee!

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsTENN.pdf
Vermont
3
Which state is the maple syrup capital of America?

Founded: 1791
Capital: Montpelier
State Bird: Hermit Thrush
Nickname: The Green Mountain State
Why the name? A mountain range in Vermont was named the “Green Mountains” in 1647.

Ever wonder where that sweet, sticky syrup for flapjacks comes from? Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup to the U.S. The syrup is made from the sap of trees, which Vermont has lots of!

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsVER.pdf
Wisconsin
3
Which state is known for its cheese?

Founded: 1848
Capital: Madison
State Bird: Robin
Nickname: The Badger State
Why the name? The badger is the state animal, as of 1957.

Wisconsin has a long history of cheese production and houses many dairy farms. It is still the largest cheese producer in the United States. We prefer milk, but cheese is a great dairy snack, too!

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsWISC.pdf
West Virginia
3
Which state is known as the “Mountain State?”

Founded: 1863
Capital: Charleston
State Bird: Cardinal
Nickname: The Mountain State 
Why the name? Their motto is “Mountaineers are Always Free!”

West Virginia is located in the Appalachian Mountain region of the U.S. The mountains and lakes are ideal for backpacking, hiking, fishing and rafting.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsWV.pdf
Wyoming
3
Which state was the first to acknowledge women’s right to vote?

Founded: 1890
Capital: Cheyenne
State Bird: Meadowlark
Nickname: The Equality State
Why the name? This nickname was given because of its part in the women’s rights movements.

The women’s suffrage movement began in Wyoming, and granted women the right to vote in 1869. This was far earlier than many other states.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsWYOM.pdf
Mississippi
4
Which state is where Elvis Presley was born?

Founded: 1817
Capital:  Jackson
State Bird: Wood Duck
Nickname: The Magnolia State
Why the name? There are many Magnolia trees throughout Mississippi.

Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. His house was built by his father and grandfather and is open for visitors…thank you very much.

Missouri
4
Which state is known for the Gateway Arch?

Founded: 1821
Capital: Jefferson City
State Bird: Bluebird
Nickname: The “Show Me” State
Why the name? The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri sits on the bank of the Mississippi river. It was completed in 1965.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri sits on the bank of the Mississippi river. It was completed in 1965.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/Missouri.pdf
North Carolina
4
Which state is where the Wright brothers first took flight?

Founded: 1789
Capital: Raleigh
State Bird: Cardinal
Nickname: Tar Heel State
Why the name? A long time ago, tar was one of the state’s main products.

Ready for take off! Though they designed the planes in Ohio, the Wright Brothers flew their first plane in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. That was in 1903.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/North%20Carolina.pdf
New Jersey
4
Which state was the first to hold the Miss America Pageant?

Founded: 1787
Capital: Trenton
State Bird: Goldfinch
Nickname: The Garden State
Why the name? Farming, agriculture and gardening are popular in this state.

She is beauty, she is grace…she is the very FIRST Miss America: Margaret Gorman of Washington D.C, who won the very first pageant in Linwood, New Jersey.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/New%20Jersey.pdf
New York
4
Which state is home to the Statue of Liberty?

Founded: 1788
Capital: Albany
State Bird: Bluebird
Nickname: The Empire State
Why the name? The state is associated with wealth and resources. The Empire State building was named after this nickname.

The Statue of Liberty was given to the U.S. from the people of France. It greets people coming to the U.S. and stands for liberty and freedom. 

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/New%20York.pdf
Oklahoma
4
Which state is known for the Land Rush of 1889?

Founded: 1907
Capital: Oklahoma City
State Bird: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Nickname: The Sooner State
Why the name? “Sooners” refer to the people who came to the state to settle on unclaimed land, because they were arriving “too soon.”

The land rush of Oklahoma happened when people flocked to unassigned lands that were open for settlement. They claimed they were following their “manifest destiny.”

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/Oklahoma.pdf
Oregon
4
Which state is home to America’s deepest lake?

Founded: 1859
Capital: Salem
State Bird: Bird
Nickname: Meadowlark
Why the name? The beaver is the official state animal.

The Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. and resides in Klamath County, Oregon. It’s famous for its dark blue coloring and its water clarity.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/Oregon.pdf
South Carolina
4
Which state is known as the birthplace of BBQ?

Founded: 1788
Capital: Columbia
State Bird: Carolina Wren
Nickname: The Palmetto State
Why the name? The Palmetto is the official state tree of South Carolina.

While barbecue is made in a variety of styles in many states, South Carolina is considered the BBQ birthplace. There are three different styles of barbecue that originated in SC.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/South%20Carolina.pdf
Texas
4
Which state is home to the Alamo?

Founded: 1845
Capital: Austin
State Bird: Mockingbird
Nickname: The Lone Star State
Why the name? Why the name? It is because of the single star that was on the original Texas flag.

Remember the Alamo! The Alamo was a famous landmark in the Battle of the Alamo, which occurred during the Texas Revolution. It was an important factor in Texas independence from Mexico. 

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/Texas.pdf
Virginia
4
Which state is home to the first English settlement?

Founded: 1788
Capital: Richmond
State Bird: Cardinal
Nickname: Old Dominion
Why the name? Virginia was originally considered the best “dominion,” or owned land, of England before we declared independence. 

The Jamestown settlement in Virginia is famous for being the first permanent English settlement in North America. It is now primarily used as an archaeological site.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/Virginia.pdf
Washington
4
Which state is home to Mount St. Helens?

Founded: 1889
Capital: Olympia
State Bird: Goldfinch
Nickname: The Evergreen State
Why the name? There are lots of large fir and pine trees around the state.

Mount St. Helens is an active volcano in Skamania County, Washington. It is part of the Cascade Range of mountains. It is well known because of its dangerous eruption in 1980

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/Washington.pdf
PENNSYLVANIA
4
Which state is where the first American flag was made?

Founded: 1787
Capital: Harrisburg
State Bird: Ruffed Grouse
Nickname: Keystone State
Why the name? A Pennsylvanian delegate was the “key” decision in the vote for independence.

We love those famous stars and stripes! It has been debated who actually made the first American flag, but it was most likely Betsy Ross in Pennsylvania. The first standard flag was chosen in 1777.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsPENN.jpg
PENNSYLVANIA
4
Which state is where the first American flag was made?

Founded: 1787
Capital: Harrisburg
State Bird: Ruffed Grouse
Nickname: Keystone State
Why the name? A Pennsylvanian delegate was the “key” decision in the vote for independence.

We love those famous stars and stripes! It has been debated who actually made the first American flag, but it was most likely Betsy Ross in Pennsylvania. The first standard flag was chosen in 1777.

https://trumoo.com/sites/default/files/udderly_america/DownloadableCowsPENN_0.jpg