Illinois

  • The world’s largest cookie and cracker factory, where Nabisco made 16 billion Oreo cookies in 1995, is located in Chicago.
  • The round Silo for farm storage of silage was first constructed on a farm in Spring Grove.

Iowa

  • Quaker Oats, in Cedar Rapids, is the largest cereal company in the world.
  • Knoxville’s National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to preserving the history of sprint car racing.

Minnesota

  • Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.
  • Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.

Missouri

  • In 1889, Aunt Jemima pancake flour, invented at St. Joseph, Missouri, was the first self-rising flour for pancakes and the first ready-mix food ever to be introduced commercially.
  • Missouri ties with Tennessee as the most neighborly state in the union, bordered by 8 states.

Nebraska

  • Nebraska is both the nation’s largest producer and user of center pivot irrigation.
  • The 911 system of emergency communications, now used nationwide, was developed and first used in Lincoln,Nebraska.
  • Kearney, Nebraska is located exactly between Boston and San Francisco.

North Dakota

  • North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.
  • Of the 50 states North Dakota is 17th in size, with 70,665 square miles. North Dakota is 212 miles long north to south and 360 miles wide east to west.
  • The American elm (Ulmus americana) is the official state tree and is commonly found across North Dakota. The American elm often reaches 120 feet or taller.

South Dakota

  • Sculptor Gutzon Borglum began drilling into the 6,200-foot Mount Rushmore in 1927. Creation of the Shrine to Democracy took 14 years and cost a mere $1 million, though it’s now deemed priceless.
  • Belle Fourche is the geographical center of the United States of America, designated in 1959 and noted by an official marker and sheepherder’s monument called “Stone Johnnie.”
  • The U.S.S. South Dakota was the most decorated battleship during World War II

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