The nation’s first scheduled steam railroad began in New Castle in 1831. Dover played a pivotal role in shaping the US Constitution. The coastline of Delaware is approximately 45 kilometers (28 miles) long. Colorado has the highest mean elevation (14,440 feet) of all the states.[2]. The Delaware Memorial Bridge that connects Delaware with New Jersey is one of the world’s longest suspension bridges. Delmar is popularized as the little town too big for one state. It was also the largest producer of peaches during the 19th century, and the DuPont family made it one of the prime spots for gunpowder production, too. Nearly 5% of the state’s population speaks Spanish. 20. The most historic site in Frederica is Barratt’s Chapel east of town. Something you need to know and can't find here? He was sued by a Maryland slave owner and fined for aiding a black family in flight. It shares the grounds with the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, both owned by the Nemours Foundation at 1600 Rockland Road. He was a Bohemian adventurer who mapped the Delmarva Peninsula and surrounding areas in the mid-1600s. The frying pan built in 1950 for use at the Delmarva Chicken Festival is 10 feet in diameter and holds 180 gallons of oil and 800 chicken quarters. This earned the town the distinction of being the Nylon Capital of the World. The United States battleship Delaware was commissioned in 1910. Delaware’s official state sport is bicycling. Heinrich Heimlich, the man responsible for inventing the procedure we initiate if we see someone choking, was born in the largest city in Delaware, Wilmington, in 1920. It is known as the "First State" because on December 7, 1787, it became the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 18. The tree can reach a maximum of 60 feet in height and a trunk diameter of 20 inches. It has the fewest number of counties of any US state with only three. The blood of these creatures is used by medical researchers to test intravenous drugs, vaccines, and medical devices. It became the state song in 1925 by an act of the General Assembly. At its narrowest point it only measures some 9 miles across. The first du Pont family home, Eleutherian Mills, built by E. I. du Pont in 1803 is located on the grounds. In total area Delaware ranks 49th in the nation. This fish is also known as sea trout, gray trout, yellow mouth, yellow fin trout, squeteague, and tiderunner. [31], 26. The state attained statehood on December 7, 1787, becoming the 1st state to join the union. On the other hand, Texas (254 counties) has the most number of counties in the United States. The estate is part of the DuPont legacy and is located on the DuPont Historic Corridor. The sheaf of wheat, ear of corn, and the ox on the state seal symbolize the farming activities of early Delaware. The Delaware Indians were one of the most advanced tribes of the eastern United States. Plants. This historic site is located on route 4 in Newark. She classified stars according to their temperature. The nickname the Diamond State doesn't come from there being a lot of diamonds. The game took place in 2012 and lasted for 36 hours, 34 minutes and 11 seconds. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. The belemnite became the state fossil almost 20 years ago, in 1996. It is easier and cheaper for a company to incorporate in Delaware than in most other states, even if the company conducts most of its business outside of the state. Delaware is the 49th largest state in the United States in terms of total area with 5,130 square kilometers (1,982 square miles). Miscellaneous. Outnumbered 4-to-1, the Revolutionaries suffered defeat and retreated back to Wilmington. The crabs are special because they are one of the oldest known sea creatures on record, dating back some 450 million years. Delaware is the 45 th most populous and the 49 th most extensive of the 50 states of the United States. The American holly is the official state tree. Interestingly, in 1776, the deciding vote for the American Independence was cast by Caesar Rodney who had to ride eighty miles to Philadelphia through rain and thunder.[28]. 1. [18], 34. The first of our interesting Delaware facts centres on its geography. It stretches just under 100 miles long, and is only 35 miles at its widest point. A Belemnite is basically a squid that has a conical shell. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. It was built in 1780 and is the oldest surviving church built by and for Methodists in the United States. After continuous effort, the monument was designated a National Historical Park in 2015. Statehood: Delaware is the third most bike-friendly state in the U.S. 21.