The nickname for Ohio is The Buckeye State partly because many buckeye trees once covered Ohio's hills and plains. The name buckeye stems from native Americans - Indians called the nut "hetuck" (meaning buck eye, as the markings on the nut resemble the eye of a deer). "With God All Things Are Possible" became Ohio's state motto on October 1, 1959. A twelve-year-old boy named James Mastronardo recommended this quotation from the Bible during a contest sponsored by the Ohio legislature in the early 1950's to select a state motto.
In 1803, Ohio, originally partitioned from the Northwest Territory, became the 17th state to join the Union. It links the Northeast to the Midwest and its geographic location has proven to be an asset for economic growth and expansion. Of interesting note is Ohio's state quarter, which depicts the Wright Flyer (the Wright brothers were Ohio natives), astronaut Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon, also an Ohio native), an outline of the state and the caption: "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers."
Ohio designated the Northern Cardinal as official state bird in 1933.
One of America's favorite backyard birds, cardinals are distinctive
in appearance and song - known for their "cheer cheer cheer,"
"whit-chew whit-chew" and "purty purty purty" whistles.
For the State Symbols of Ohio click HERE!
Ohio State Song
by Ballard MacDonald & Mary Earl;
special lyrics by Wilbert B. McBride
Gatekeeper of Hidden Treasures
A winding road amid timberland
Parallels a meandering stream
Branching off toward Summer’s grassland
As panoramic views highlight the scene
Coursing through a river or stream
Currents flow along the rocky bed
Swervin', curvin', lashin', crashin'
Without announcing what's ahead
Bridges offer passage over
Excitement enfolds passing under
Waterfalls roar within scenic views
Resounding like echoing thunder
Autumn's fashion show of color
Nourishes the soul like daily bread
Yellow leaves don flecks of fiery orange
That buckeye trees seasonally shed
Pumpkin-pickin’s bumper crop
Brilliant as a blazing sunset
Rests in wait for carvin’
Exciting times to ne’er forget
Winter snowy mornings
Display picturesque icy falls
Somewhere in the distance
A melodic cardinal calls
Aromatic wildflowers poppin'
Foreshadow breathtaking pleasures
Spring’s mossy rocks, meadowlands of green
Gatekeepers of hidden treasures
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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Ohio: Gatekeeper of Hidden Treasures
This Day in History: March 1, 1803