Regional Spotlight

West Region

Regional Spotlight: West: Salt Lake City, UT

Fun Facts

• The Great Salt Lake covers 2,100 square miles, with an average depth of 13 feet. The deepest point is 34 feet.
• Salt Lake City was originally named the Great Salt Lake City. Great was dropped from the name in 1868.
• The average snowfall in the mountains near Salt Lake City is 500 inches.

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Northeast Region

Regional Spotlight: Northeast: Rochester, NY

Fun Facts:

• Rochester is the third most populous city in New York and is known as both “Flour City” and the “Flower City.” In the early-to-mid 1800s, the town had a successful mill industry and a profitable seed trade.
• Rochester is one of the snowiest cities in the country, receiving a median average of 89.3 inches of snow a year.
• The NBA’s Sacramento Kings originally played in Rochester as the Rochester Royals. As a Royal, the franchise won its only league championship to date by defeating the N.Y. Knicks in the 1951 finals.

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Mid Atlantic Region

Regional Spotlight: Mid Atlantic: Baltimore, MD

Fun Facts:

• Baltimore is the city of firsts: First dental school was founded in the city in 1840; first U.S. post office system was inaugurates in 1774; first telegraph line in the world was established between Washington, DC and Baltimore in 1844. What a history!
• Baltimore may the largest city in Maryland, but it is not the state capital! Annapolis is the capital.
• The Star Spangled Banner was written in Baltimore in 1814 during the Battle of Baltimore against the British.
• Oprah Winfrey (better known as Oprah!) once anchored Baltimore’s WJZ-TV evening news.

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South Region

Regional Spotlight: South: Fort Worth, TX

Fun Facts:

• Originally settled in 1849 as an army outpost at the Trinity River, Fort Worth was one of eight forts assigned to protect settlers from Native American attacks on the advancing frontier (The Annual, 2016).
• In 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo opened as the first zoo in Texas (The Annual, 2016).

• In 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered his last public speech at a Fort Worth Chamber breakfast before leaving for Dallas (The Annual, 2016).

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Southeast Region

Regional Spotlight: Southeast: Kenner, LA

Fun facts:
• 6th largest city in LA (between you and I, there were no fun facts for this city)

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Midwest Region

Regional Spotlight: Midwest: Indianapolis, IN

Fun Facts:
• Indianapolis is the 12th largest city in the United States and is the only major city not on a River
• It is illegal to sell or buy a vehicle on Sunday thanks to the “Blue Law”
• The Indianapolis 500 is the largest single day sporting event in the world

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