- much of the fighting during the French and Indian War (1754-63) took place in Pennsylvania
- the world's largest mushroom farm, the covered bridges of Bucks County, the nation's oldest botanical farm
- Philadelphia lies athwart the vast population belt of Maine to Virginia, and Pittsburgh is at the beginning of the Midwest industrial belt stretching to Chicago and Milwaukee
- named for Sir William Penn, the suffix sylvania "woodlands" was added at his request
- the cultivated fields of Pennsylvania Dutch country and the forests of the Allegheny Plateau
- in the 1840s, a system of canals and railroads linked Philadelphia to Pittsburgh
- the invention of the ice-cream soda in Pennsylvania, as well as other firsts: root beer, circus, pencil with an eraser, zoo, pretzel, cable car, U.S. mine, firefighting company, motion-picture show, commercial radio station, lending library, weekly newspaper, savings bank, and Little League baseball game
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-90), who ended his formal education at age 10 and then became one of the most creative men of his time and a founding father of the U.S.
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