Can You Identify These States From Just A Map Outline?

By: Narra Jackson
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About This Quiz

Have you ever looked at a United States map and wondered, "How the heck did they decide that state ended there, and that one started there?" A lot of states in our marvelous country have geographic boundaries, like a river or an ocean, but some of the landlocked states seem like they were drawn pretty much arbitrarily.

Quick! What does Wyoming look like? If you don't live there, it's a safe bet you can't draw a reasonable approximation of what it looks like. Not to insult the fine people of Wyoming, but your state's boundaries are fairly straight-line affairs. 

Now, states like Florida and California, with major seacoast frontage, are easy to recognize.  There are no states in the union that look even remotely like those. And Texas stands out partly because it's so darn big, and partly because of Texans' endearing habit of plastering the state on any product produced within its boundaries. I guess we should cut them some slack since they were an independent country for a while.

Now, down to business!  In this quiz, we'll show you the outline of a state and it's up to you to come up with the name. Cast your mind back to middle school geography and take it now!

There are still 552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 that have been preserved. They are stored by the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Massachusetts

Texas is also commonly called The Lone Star State. The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island. Texas is the only state to enter the United States through a treaty rather than through territorial annexation.

More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States. Totaling nearly three million acres, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the country. The first motion picture theater opened in Los Angeles on April 2, 1902.

Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee. The Hawaiian Islands are the tops of the biggest mountain range in the world. Volcanoes that lived under the ocean, then erupted thousands of years ago, are what formed the islands of Hawaii.

Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering first "discovered" Alaska in 1741, when he saw it on a voyage from Siberia. This might be a no-brainer, but the fishing and seafood industry is the state's largest private industry employer. The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times!

The name Punta Gorda, which translates to "fat point" in Spanish, was given to a Florida city because part of Punta Gorda cuts into Charlotte Harbor. The harbor itself is unique, as it is the point where the Peace River connects with the ocean.

The first American chess tournament was held in New York City in 1843. The longest toll road in the United States is in New York - it is 641 miles long. Dairying is New York's most important farming activity, with 18,000 cattle farms.

In Wilton, Maine, there is a cannery that imports and cans only dandelion greens. Maine is the only U.S. state that has only one syllable. Maine is also the only state that shares its border with only one other state. Augusta, Maine, is the most eastern capital city in the United States.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hosted the 1983 Special Olympics Summer International Games at LSU. Since 1835, the New Orleans & Carrolliton Line is the oldest street railway line that is still in operation. Louisiana is the only state that still uses the Napoleonic Code in its state law.

Pikeville, which is in Kentucky, leads the nation in per capita consumption of Pepsi-Cola annually. The first American performance of a Beethoven symphony was in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1817... Lucky Kentucky!

Missouri is known as the Show Me State. The first successful parachute jump from a moving airplane was achieved by Captain Berry in St. Louis, in 1912. The most destructive tornado on record occurred in Annapolis. In 3 hours it left a 980-foot wide trail of demolished land and killed 823 people.

Michigan's local stone, which is called the Petoskey, is the official state stone. It is found along the shores of Lake Michigan. The painted turtle is Michigan's state reptile. The Indian River has the largest crucifix in the world. It's called the Cross in the Woods.

The Amateur Softball Association of America, which is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization in Oklahoma City, OK , started in 1933 and is now the strongest softball organization in the country. The National Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in Oklahoma City.

Seattle has the first revolving restaurant in the United States, which is only the second revolving restaurant in the world. It is part of the Space Needle, 500 feet above sea level. The Space Needle opened in 1961. Washington state produces more apples than any other state

The world's largest cookie and cracker factory, where Nabisco made 16 billion Oreo cookies in 1995, is located in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Post Office is the only postal facility in the world you can drive a car through. The Chicago River is dyed green on Saint Patrick's Day.

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