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Road Trip USA: Texas


Texas (The Lone Star State) was adopted as the 28th state on December 29, 1845. It was named “The Lone Star State” symbolizing the independent republic of Texas, and as a reminder of the state’s struggle for independence from Mexico. It is so large, that Congress gave it permission to divide itself into five “new states of convenient size”. Early…

Road Trip USA: Oklahoma


Oklahoma was the 46th state admitted to the Union in November 16, 1907. It was nicknamed “The Sooner State” due to people illegally entering the district and laying claim to lands before the designated entry time. Oklahoma is the only place in the world that has an oil well beneath its capital building. The site is referred to as Capitol…

Road Trip USA: New Mexico


New Mexico was named the 47th state on January 6, 1912. It is known as “The Land of Enchantment” due to its scenic beauty and rich history. “Smoky the Bear”, the symbol of the U.S. National Forest Service was born in New Mexico. In 1950, he was found trapped in a tree when his home in Lincoln National forest was…

Road Trip USA: Arizona Geography Lesson


Arizona was named an official state of the U.S. on February 14, 1912 and is known as “The Grand Canyon State” which is one of the 7 wonders of the natural world. The canyon floor stretches 277 miles long. It is also the largest copper producer in the U.S. Here are some of the things we learned about this week:…