WOW! 15 Facts About Minnesota That Will Definitely Surprise You
Today is honestly such a good day! Not only has the weather been warming up and today marks halfway through the week, but today, March 1st is National Minnesota Day!
Yeah! That’s a thing and today is the day to celebrate and appreciate our beautiful state Minnesota!
Minnesota is known for its beautiful wilderness, historic sites, and of course, lakes. But that is not all about the state that meets the eye.
While I have lived here my entire life there are actually many things I did not know about our beautiful state, so I’m assuming the same can be said for many of y'all.
Here are 15 fun and interesting facts about the place we all know and love:
- St. Paul was previously known as Pig’s Eye Landing, after the French-Canadian whiskey trader Pierre Parrant, nicknamed Pig’s Eye. Parrant played a role in the founding of the settlement.
- Minnesota is home to some of the finest art collections. The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is considered one of the best contemporary art galleries in the United States.
- Minnesota got its name from the Minnesota River, which is of Dakota origin. According to Wiki, in Dakota, Minnesota is a combination of two words: "mní sóta", which means "clear blue water", or "Mníssota", which means "cloudy water". Many places in the state have similar Dakota names.
- You can find one recreational boat for every 2.8-3 households. That comes out to over 800 thousand total boats, 7% of the national amount, explains destguides.com.
- Despite our 11,000+ lakes, no water flows into the state from other parts of the US. Typically, water flows downstream. Since Minnesota is a northern border state, it's upstream of every US river. Which I guess makes sense.
- Minneapolis has the largest network of Skyways in the U.S. SO not only were they introduced in the U.S. by Minnesota, but we have about 9.5 miles of them across 80 blocks of the city.
- Apparently funworldfacts.com says “Minnesota has also been called ‘the most hipster state’.”
- Besides being known for our many lakes, Minnesota has some 6564 streams. In total, they could circle the Earth two and a half times.
- Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota’s northland is considered one of the top canoeing destinations in the country and is one of the country’s most protected areas.
- A recent study found that Minnesota has more exercise facilities per capita than any other state, according to funworldfacts.com.
- Split Rock Lighthouse, one of them, on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior, is considered one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the United States. It even appeared in the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby.
- Metropolitan Stadium, or “The Met”, once stood where the Mall of America now is. A home plate still stands at its original spot in the mall, with a stadium seat that marks the landing spot of the longest home run hit ever made in the stadium.
- The state contains the largest copper-nickel deposits in the world and provides over 80% of the nation’s iron ore.
- Minnesota has some of the Earth’s oldest rocks, dating to 3.6 billion years ago.
- At the 1901 Minnesota State Fair, the vice-president at the time, Theodore Roosevelt, gave his famous speech “Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick”.
Hope you learned some cool things about our lovely state!