50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Connecticut State to Know Story

By Sarah Hartness

Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Connecticut State to Know Story

There are many interesting and fun facts about Connecticut state to learn, including important, historical...

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Connecticut Fun Facts

First, let's start with many of the fun facts on Connecticut...

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Connecticut is called the "Constitution State"

The name comes from the first-ever written constitution that comes from Connecticut. The Fundamental Orders...

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Another nickname for Connecticut is the "Nutmeg State"

The origin of the unofficial nickname is unknown. It may have come from stories of...

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The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine, was built in Connecticut

Construction of the submarine started in 1951, and it was launched on January 21, 1954...

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Noah Webster made the first American dictionary in Connecticut

He published A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language in 1806. That accomplishment was not...

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The first insurance comes from Connecticut

It started in Hartford when Jeremiah Wadsworth started offering informal fire insurance throughout the town...

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The first PEZ manufacturing facility in the US was in Connecticut

The factory in Orange, CT, opened in 1973 after the candy was invented in Vienna...

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The largest maritime museum in the world is in Connecticut

The Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT, opened in 1929, and today it covers 19...

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The lollipop was invented in Connecticut

George Smith invented the candy on a stick, and named it after a racehorse from...

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ESPN started in Connecticut

The company launched on September 7, 1979, in Plainville, Connecticut. Today, the brand still operates...

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The first helicopter flew in Connecticut

The VS-300 was the first helicopter that was able to fly. It took off in...

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The first phone book was published in 1878 in Connecticut

It was published on February 21, 1878, just two years after the telephone was invented...

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Connecticut is home to "Mum City"

Bristol, CT, grows and sells thousands of Mums every fall. The biggest Mum garden is...

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The first motorized vehicle speed limit was set in Connecticut

The limit was set at a maximum of 12 miles per hour on city roads...

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The praying mantis is the official state insect of Connecticut

It was adopted as the state insect on October 1, 1977. Even though it is...

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The official state animal of CT is the sperm whale

It was adopted as the official state animal of Connecticut in 1975 because it contributed...

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Interesting facts About Connecticut

Next up are some interesting facts of Connecticut that you probably didn't know...

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The population of Connecticut is just over 3.6 million people

The state has a very steady population, with only 30,000 more people living in Connecticut...

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The highest point in Connecticut is on Mount Frissell

The highest point of the mountain in CT is 2,380 feet. The mountain is part...

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The Long Island Sound is the lowest point in the state

The Long Island Sound borders Connecticut to the south. It is exactly at sea level...

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The Connecticut River is the longest tidal river in the region

The river runs for 407 miles in Connecticut and parts of New Hampshire, Vermont, and...

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The American Robin is Connecticut's state bird

Early colonists named the bird after a similar English bird, and it was made the...

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The Harriet Beecher Stowe house is in Connecticut

Harriet Beecher Stowe was a 19th-century author who was born and raised in Connecticut until...

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The Mark Twain home is where the author wrote Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain and his family moved into the home in Hartford in 1874. Sam, which...

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The state flower of Connecticut is the Mountain Laurel

It was adopted as the state flower in 1907, and it has a strong fragrance...

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"Qui transtulit sustinet" is the official state motto of Connecticut

The motto translates to "He Who Transplanted Still Sustains." The origin of the motto is...

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The Scoville Memorial Library is the oldest library in the US

The public-funded library opened in 1771 when Richard Smith offered to bring 200 books to...

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Connecticut is the 3rd smallest state by area

Connecticut covers 5,018 square miles. Only Delaware and Rhode Island are smaller. If you wanted...

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Connecticut's biggest city is Bridgeport

Its population is just under 150,000 people. The second biggest city is Stamford, with a...

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Forests cover over 60% of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut's Center for Land Use Education and Research surveyed the land to...

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Edwin Land, the inventor of the Polaroid Camera, was born in Connecticut

He was born on May 7, 1909, in Bridgeport, CT. He invented the Polaroid Land...

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The first steel mill in America was in Connectitcut

It started operating in 1728 in Simsbury, Connecticut. It was also the first place in...

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Important Facts About Connecticut

There are a lot of important events and historical facts about the state, so let's...

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The first Europeans to arrive in Connecticut were from the Netherlands

They came in 1614 and founded trading posts along the Connecticut River. They came exploring...

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The English were the first to settle in Connecticut

Despite the first Europeans to arrive in Connecticut being Dutch, the Dutch did not actually...

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The first written constitution was in Connecticut

The "Fundamental Orders" were written in Connecticut in 1638. This constitution was written by Roger...

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Connecticut was the fifth state to join the US

Representatives from the state signed the US Constitution in 1788, five years after the colonies...

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The name for Connecticut comes from the Native American word "quinetucket"

The name comes from the Mohican people, one of the Native American tribes that lived...

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Connecticut is one of the six states that make up New England

New England is the northeastern region of the United States. The other five states in...

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Scary Facts About Connecticut

There are also some scary but fun facts of Connecticut...

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Easton, Connecticut, is home to one of the most haunted cemeteries

The cemetery opened more than 400 years ago, and the White Lady is one of...

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Dinosaur tracks have been found in Connecticut

Dinosaur State Park is home to 200 million-year-old fossils. There are more than 750 dinosaur...

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The first witch execution was in Connecticut

Alice Young was hanged in 1647 in Windsor, and dozens of others were accused and...

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Connecticut was raided during the revolutionary war

However, the British never took control of the land, so the state was important in...

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Weird Facts About Connecticut

With so much history in the state, there are also some weird facts about Connecticut's...

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Connecticut used to have two state capitals

Between 1701 and 1874, New Haven and Hartford were both the capital of Connecticut. The...

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License plates started in Connecticut

In 1903, Connecticut started requiring its residents to register their cars, and the residents had...

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Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain were neighbors

Twain built his house in Hartford, CT, in 1874, and Stowe lived next door. They...

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Connecticut did not ratify the 18th Amendment

The 18th Amendment was the amendment that banned the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol...

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Connecticut is home to the first hamburger

Louis' Lunch restaurant started serving the item in 1895, calling it the "Hamburger Sandwich." They...

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Historical Facts About Connecticut

Finally, let's look at some cool Connecticut history facts...

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The first woman to get a patent in the US was from Connecticut

Mary Kies started weaving silk and thread into straw to make hats. Her patent was...

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Connecticut is one of the original thirteen colonies

One of the interesting facts about Connecticut history is that it was one of the...

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Multiple United States presidents have attended Yale University

There have been five presidents to attend the school, with Taft and both Bushes attending...

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The Hartford Courant is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the country

The newspaper was founded in 1764, and is also the largest newspaper in the state...

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Only one US president was born in Connecticut

George W. Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 6, 1946. He only...

Conclusion

Conclusion

Connecticut is an old state with a lot of history, from the first Dutch explorers...

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