Ohio is a Midwestern state within the Great Lakes region. It is named after the Ohio River and was the 17th state to be admitted to the United States union. It got admission to the union on March 1, 1803. Historically, Ohio is known as the “Buckeye State” because of the buckeye trees growing across the different parts of the state. The Ohioans are also referred to as the “Buckeyes". Ohio, whose capital is Columbus, is popular for many things. It is the birthplace of so many famous people including John Legend, Steve Harvey, Drew Carey, and several US presidents. Here are some other things that Ohio is known for.
5. American Football
Ohioans are crazy about football. The American Professional Football League was founded in Ohio in 1920, leading to the formation of the current National Football League. When it comes to American football, the colleges and schools in Ohio rarely miss the podium. The Ohio State Buckeyes Football team is a college Football team of the Ohio University State. The football team is popular for its success since its inception and has been playing their homes in Ohio Stadium since 1992. The team has won eight championships, six division championships, and 39 conference championships. It also boasts of 10 undefeated seasons and six seasons of having no losses or ties. Ohio scooped their very first championship in 1942 with Paul Brown as their coach. The team faced a major setback during World War II. However, they got back on their feet in 1951 under Coach Woody Hayes. Under Hayes, the team won 5 national championships, 13 big ten championships, and over 200 matches. In 2017, the football program in Ohio was valued at $1.5 billion, the highest of its kind in the whole of the United States.
4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a popular museum located on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. The museum features the works of famous and influential artists, engineers, producers, and other celebrity personalities who have contributed to the development of Rock and Roll. The museum is a popular tourist attraction, receiving approximately half a million visitors annually. The museum also organizes exhibits that have made it even more popular. The exhibition of artwork and photography from renowned photographers associated with the Rock and Roll genre are always at display throughout the year. Some of the photographers whose works have been featured in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame include George Kalinsky, Tommy Edwards, Kevin Mazur, Lynn Goldsmith, and Robert Alford. The art galleries, the layout of the building, and the organized exhibitions make the museum one of the must-visit places in Ohio.
3. Birthplace of the Wright Brothers
Ohio often refers to itself as the “birthplace of aviation.” This is because they produced the first people to fly an airplane. The Wright Brothers, who were the pioneers of aviation, were raised in Ohio. The brother, Orville, and Wilber, were credited for designing, building and flying the first ever successful airplane. Orville Wright was born in Dayton, Ohio on August 19, 1871, while Wilbur Wright was born on April 16, 1867, in Millville, Indiana. The brothers and their siblings were brought up by their parents in Ohio. The Wright Brothers made the first controlled plane that sustained a four miles flight on December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They continued making more successful models improving on their first aircraft. Wilbur and Orville both died in Dayton, Ohio. Wilbur died on May 30, 1912, while Orville died on January 30, 1948. While Ohio boasts of being the birthplace of aviation, North Carolina boasts of being the first state to fly an airplane since the Wright brothers made the first controlled flight at Kitty Hawk
2. Corn Production
Farming has always been a major economic activity in Ohio. The state is ranked among the top producers of corn in the United States. The United States, thanks to the large production from Ohio, has always been ranked one of the top producers of corn in the world. The state is known for the production of multi-colored corn and also the production of a variety of eight to ten types of corn. There are fields of corns almost everywhere. The corn produced in Ohio is the backbone of Ohio’s ethanol industry. The ethanol industry produces 523 million gallons of ethanol, mainly from corn. Despite the declining size of land under corn in recent years, Ohio still remains one of the top producers of corn in the US.
1. Cedar Point
Cedar Point is an amusement park located in Sandusky, Ohio. It is situated on a 364-acre piece of land on a peninsula on Lake Erie. Cedar Point is the second oldest operating amusement park in the US. The park is owned and operated by Cedar Fair. Cedar Point is known for the roller coaster rides. It is for this reason that it is commonly referred to as the “America’s Roller Coast.” The park has 71 rides, which include the 17 roller coasters. It has the second-highest number of roller coaster rides in the US, after Six Flags Magic Mountain. Six of its roller coasters are taller than 200 feet. It also holds the record of having roller coasters in all the four height classifications. The park received the Golden Ticket Award for the “Best Amusement Park” in the entire world for 16 consecutive years from 1997 to 2003. It received approximately 3.6 million visitors in 2017, making it the most visited seasonal park in the country.