Pennsylvania Tourism, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building,
400 North Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0225; 717-787-5453; 800-VISIT-PA; Fax: 717-787-0687.
State Animal: whitetail deer
State Beautification and Conservation Plant: Penngift crownvetch
State Beverage: milk
State Bird: ruffed grouse
State Coat of Arms:
State Dog: great dane
State Fish: brook trout
State Flower: mountain laurel
State Fossil: Phacops rana (a trilobite)
State Insect: firefly
State Electric Locomotive: GCI 4849 Electric Locomotive
State Steam Locomotive: K4s Steam Locomotive
State Motto: Virtue, liberty, and independence
State Nickname: Keystone State
State Ship: U.S. Brig Niagara
State Slogan: State of Independence
State Soil: Hazleton soil series
State Song: Pennsylvania
State Tree: Eastern hemlock
Chester, Pennsylvania — Chester City Hall, 1 Fourth Street, Chester, Pennsylvania
19103; 610-447-7700. Web:
http://www.chestercity.com. In December 1682, the first
Pennsylvania Assembly met in Chester (the oldest town in Pennsylvania) and adopted a naturalization act and the Great Law (a humanitarian code adopted on December 7th).
Chester was the seat of government for the colony for several years.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Independence Hall, Independence National Historic Park, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106; 215-965-2305; Fax: 215-597-1548.
Web: http://www.nps.gov/inde. Colonial capital and first state capital.
U.S. capital (intermittently from 1774 to 1800).
Lancaster, Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania Dutch Visitors Bureau, 501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601; 800-PADUTCH; Fax: 717-299-0470. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web: http://www.padutchcountry.com. State capital (1799-1812).
U.S. capital (1777).
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania State Capitol, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0028; 800-868-7672. Web:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us. Current state capital.
Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Polka; Pennsylvania 6-5000.
Pennsylvania is the first state to list their web site URL on a license plate.
It's against the law in Hazleton, Pennsylvania to sip a carbonated drink while giving a lecture to students in an auditorium.
Hershey has the world's largest chocolate factory.
Blackcherry Capital of the World: Kane, Pennsylvania
Christmas Tree Capital of the World: Indiana County, Pennsylvania
Mushroom Capital of the World: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania