How Well Do You Know the History of Ohio?

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From crooked rivers to United States presidents, Ohio has a storied history. If you're a true Ohioan, you'll know the answers to all of these. How many will you get right?

Where in Ohio is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is in Cleveland, Ohio. It is only one of Ohio's major attractions.

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How many U.S. presidents have been from Ohio?

Seven U.S. presidents have been from Ohio. The state has been called “Mother of Modern Presidents.”

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The U.S. took control of Ohio from what country after the Revolutionary War?

The U.S. took control of Ohio from England after the Revolutionary War. England ceded this holding after they lost.

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Who is Ohio's pro football team?

Ohio is home to the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cleveland Browns are an expansion team, with the original team having been moved to Baltimore.

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Where in Ohio is the National Football League Hall of Fame?

The NFL Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio. It is only one of the many attractions in Ohio.

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After what war did England take control of Ohio from France?

England took control of Ohio from France after the French and Indian War. This happened in 1754.

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What is the capital of Ohio?

Columbus is the capital of Ohio. If you said Cincinnati, you're among many. Even Ohioans get confused.

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What is Ohio's nickname?

Ohio is known as The Buckeye State. The Buckeye tree is the state's official state tree.

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What is the official state bird of Ohio?

The Cardinal is the official state bird of Ohio. Did you know that Cardinals are said to be angels who visit us here on earth?

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The word "Ohio" means what?

The word "Ohio" means "great river." It's from an Iroquois word.

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Ohio played a key role in what war?

Ohio played a key role in the War of 1812. The Battle of Lake Erie took place near the city of Put-In-Bay, Ohio.

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The city of Cleveland was originally spelled how?

The city of Cleveland was originally spelled "Cleaveland" after founder, Moses Cleaveland. The spelling was shortened by a newspaper to fit on its masthead.

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In 1970, students protesting the Vietnam War were killed at what Ohio university?

In 1970, students protesting the Vietnam War were killed at Kent State University. Four students were killed by National Guardsmen.

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What is the Ohio state motto?

Ohio's state motto is "With God All Things Are Possible." The ACLU sued the state over the motto in the 1990s, saying it violated the First Amendment.

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Which of the following U.S. presidents was NOT from Ohio?

Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes and James Garfield were all born in Ohio. Abraham Lincoln was from Illinois.

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Which of the following Indian tribes was known to settle in Ohio?

Both the Adena and the Hopewell Indians were known Ohio settlers. The area was settled by Native Americans as early as 13,000 B.C.

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Ohio was part of the _____ during the Civil War.

Ohio was part of the North during the Civil War. However, there were areas of Southern Ohio that were opposed to the war.

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What heavy industry was common in Ohio after the Civil War?

Ohio was a big steel state after the Civil War. The steel industry has since all but died out in the state.

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What is Ohio's official state flower?

The Red Carnation is Ohio's official state flower. Carnations were originally bright pinkish-purple.

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What Ohio river caught fire in the late 1960s?

The Cuyahoga River was so polluted, it caught fire in the late 1960s. Cuyahoga is a Mohawk Indian word for "crooked river."

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True or False: Slavery was never legal in Ohio.

This is true. When Ohio became a state, they could have elected to legalize slavery, but they never did. Ohio was one of what were known as the Free States.

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What Ohio city was once known as "Porkopolis"?

Cincinnati was once known as "Porkopolis." This is because the city was the pork processing capital of the U.S.

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The world's second largest chemical manufacturer, Dow, was founded in what Ohio city?

The world's second largest chemical manufacturer, Dow, was founded in Cleveland in 1895. The company was founded by Herbert H. Dow.

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What Ohio city is the Rubber Capital of the World?

Akron, Ohio is known as the Rubber Capital of the World. The city is home to Goodrich, Goodyear and Firestone.

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What auto company was founded in Ohio?

Packard was founded in Ohio. It was founded as Ohio Automobile Company.

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What industry led to the Port of Toledo?

The discovery of oil in Ohio spurred the growth of Toledo. Coal was also a huge industry in the state.

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What floating soap was born in Ohio?

Ivory soap was invented in Ohio by Procter & Gamble. P&G is still headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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What inventor created an early traffic light in Ohio?

Garrett Morgan invented an early version of a traffic light. Morgan is thought to have been the first African American in Cleveland to own a car.

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What cartoon character sprung to life in Cleveland?

Superman was created in Cleveland by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Early comics show Superman defeating the Nazis.

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What network, designed to help free Southern slaves, ran through Ohio?

The Underground Railroad. The Ohio River marked the boundary between slave states and free states.

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True or False? Ohio did not fight during the Civil War.

This is false. Ohio raised the third largest number of soldiers for the Union Army, 320,000.

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What is the largest city in Ohio?

Columbus is the largest city in Ohio. It is also the state capital.

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Ohio was part of what U.S. territory?

Ohio was part of the Northwest Territory. Remember, the U.S. did not extend west of the Mississippi in those days.

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In what year did Ohio become a state?

Ohio became a state on March 1, 1803. However, nothing was declared for another half century.

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What country first colonized Ohio?

France first colonized Ohio. It was a hub for the fur trade.

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