Assorted State Facts


  • Entered the Union: December 12, 1787
  • Capital: Harrisburg
  • Origin of Name: In honor of Admiral Sir William Penn, father of William Penn. It means “Penn's Woodland.”
  • State Nickname: Keystone State
  • State Motto: Virtue, liberty, and independence
  • National Forest: 1 • State Forests: 20 • State Parks: 116 • State Game Lands: 294
  • Famous For: Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall
  • State Flower: Mountain Laurel
  • State Bird: Ruffed Grouse
  • State Song: "Pennsylvania"
  • State Tree: Hemlock
  • State Mammal: Whitetail deer
  • State Fish: Brook Trout
  • State Insect: Firefly
  • State Fossil: The Trilobite
  • State Ship: United States Brig Niagara
  • State Plant: Penngift Crownvetch
  • State Beverage: Milk
  • State Dog: Great Dane
  • State Natural Resources: coal, limestone, oil, natural gas, sand, stone, gravel
  • State Colors: Blue and Gold
  • State Aircraft: Piper J-3 Cub

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