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1. This state was founded in the Gold Rush and was the first state settled out west when the pioneers came in 1846. Sacramento the capital is where the Transcontinental Railroad began in 1863. San Francisco the largest city in the northern part of the state was destroyed twice by earthquakes and rebuilt. Los Angeles the largest city in the south is home of the movie industry. San Diego is the home of the US Pacific Fleet.
2. This state is know as the Land of 10,000 Lakes and borders Canada. St Paul is the capital and has the largest population in the state. Much of the US's iron ore comes from here and it forms the first loop of the Rust Belt.
3. This state is noted for its lumber. Salem is the capital and Portland is the largest city. This state has an ocean to the west and rivers to the north and the east. Known as the Beaver State mountain men came through here with Lewis and Clark and years later they brought the pioneers here on a trail that gives the state its name.
4. This state is the heart of the corn belt and is where the Great Plains meet the Rockies. Topeka the state capital is where Brown vs Board happened. This state is also right smack in Tornado Alley and 15 of the worst tornadoes happened here. The largest city Wichita is home of the aviation industry and Dodge City is the wildest cattle town in the west not even the Earps, Bat Masterson, and Hickok could tame it. This was the first state founded by the Homestead Act.
5. This state is the heart of Coal Country and was home to several bootlegging stills. It has a bridge over New River Gorge and it is one of six states that allow BASE Jumping without a permit. Charleston is the capital and largest city.
6. This state was founded in the Civil War and when gold and silver were struck in its state capital Carson City everyone flocked here. Reno is just up the road and rivals Las Vegas as the largest city in gambling which powers the economy. Well known sites are Hoover Dam, the ET Highway and Area 51, Lake Mead, and 200 military bases.
7. This state is the buckle of the Corn Belt with much of the corn used to feed the nation grown here. It is second behind Texas on cattle and is home to butcher houses like JBS, Conagra, and Tyson which are based in Omaha. Omaha is also home of Union Pacific which started here in 1862 and headed west to build the Transcontinental Railroad. Lincoln the state capital is the only state capital that has a single house of government. This was the second state founded by the Homestead Acts.
8. This state was also founded on gold. Denver the state capital is the highest city in the nation and is where many of our coins are made. Pikes Peak is where America the Beautiful was written and the state is home of NORAD and Air Force School.
9. This state is part of the Badlands. When Teddy Roosevelt came here in 1885 and camped he found peace, and when he became president in 1901 he made sure this part of the Badlands and his cabin were made a national park. Bismarck is the capital and it has the lowest crime rate in the nation.
10. This state is home of Mount Rushmore and the cattle towns of Belle Fourche, and Rapid City. Sturgis is where the bikers go. Pierre the state capital is one of four not connected by interstate.
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