Pennsylvania's state flag consists
of the official state seal displayed on a field of blue, a
blue that matches the blue on the U.S. Flag.
MOTTO: "Virtue, Liberty, and Independence"
ENTERED UNION: Dec. 12, 1787
FLAG ADOPTED: 1799 (authorized), (Officially
adopted and standardized in 1907)
COMMENTS: In the summer of 2007, a bill was
introduced to the state legislature to add
"Pennsylvania" to the bottom of the flag in golden
letters. As of this date (2015), The Senate has yet to
take action on the bill.
In 1907 The State Legislature
standardized the colors and details of the flag with the
following words; The flag "...shall be of blue, the same
color as the blue field in the flag of the United States,
and of the following dimensions and design; to wit, The
length, or height, of the staff to be nine feet, including
brass spear-head and ferrule, the fly of the said flag to be
six feet and two inches, and to be four feet and six inches
on the staff; in the center of the flag there shall be
embroidered in silk the same on both sides of the flag the
coat of arms of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in
proportionate size; the edge to be trimmed with knotted
fringe of yellow silk, two and one-half inches wide; a cord,
with tassels, to be attached to the staff at the spear-head,
to be eight feet and six inches long, and composed of white
and blue strands."
- Hershey is known as the
Chocolate Capital of the World. Among its most popular
candies are Hershey's Kisses. Between its factory in
Hershey and the on in Oakdale, California, the company
can turn over 70 million of these candies each day.
- Edwin Drake launched the
petroleum industry when he drilled the first oil well in
1859 at Titusville.
- During the American Revolution,
the Liberty Bell was removed from Philadelphia to
Allentown. It was returned after the British evacuated
- The first federal building
whose construction was specifically authorized by the
Constitution was the U.S. Mint. Philadelphia was
selected for the site because, when construction began
in 1792, it was the nation's capital. It is believed
that some of the silver used in making the first silver
coins was donated by President George Washington, who
lived a few blocks from the mint at the time.
- Philadelphia is home to Betsy
Ross who created the first American Flag.
- Philadelphia was home to the
first computer in 1946.