Interesting facts for kids about Pennsylvania include that Pennsylvania is the only colony of the original 13 that does not border the Atlantic Ocean and that Pennsylvania was the first state to put its URL on its license plates. Philadelphia was the home to the first computer.
Pennsylvania was named in honor of Admiral Sir William Penn, the father of William Penn, and means "Penn's Woodland." It is nicknamed the Keystone State because it was the center of the 13 colonies, with six to the north and six to the south. Its motto is "virtue, liberty and independence." The state animal is the white-tailed deer, the state bird is the ruffled grouse and the state dog is the Great Dane. Pennsylvania has one national forest, 20 state forests, 116 state parks and 294 state game lands.
Because Philadelphia was the nation's capital from 1776 to 1800, many historical events happened in Pennsylvania, starting with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the creation of the Constitution in 1787. Betsy Ross made the first American flag in Philadelphia.
Famous authors from Pennsylvania include Louisa May Alcott, Mary Roberts Rinehart and John Updike. Frontiersman Daniel Boone, President James Buchanan and actors Bill Cosby, Gene Kelly and James Stewart were also from Pennsylvania.