The States

Season 1 Episode 4

New Jersey, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Alaska

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Aired Saturday 10:00 PM May 12, 2007 on The History Channel
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New Jersey, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Alaska
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New Jersey: Relive George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River. Arizona: Visit the Grand Canyon Kentucky: Learn about Daniel Boone. Oklahoma: Join the great land grab. Alaska: See the building of the Alaska Pipeline.

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      • Narrator: If you're hoping to find America's richest state with a per capita household income of over 60,000 dollars per year you might look to California with its entertainment industry or to Texas with its oil, but you'd be looking in all the wrong places. Greetings from New Jersey, the most affluent state and one of the original 13 colonies, it was the 3rd state to ratify the Constitution on December 18th, 1787.

      • Narrator: This state has more high powered telescopes than anywhere in the nation. To help astronomers view the night sky with clarity lawmakers hope to put limits on the radius given off by bright city lights. Greetings from Arizona our 48th state, admitted to the Union of February 14th, 1912.

      • Narrator: In this next state an 1878 dispute over a hog led to a blood feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys that lasted 13 years. It took government intervention and a public execution before peace was finally restored. Welcome to Kentucky, which became the 15th state of the Union on June 1st, 1792.

      • Narrator: The town of Guthrie was the capital of this state for three years. Until 1910 when Governor C.N. Haskell decided that another city would be a more desireable seat of government. He ordered the state seal removed to his new office in the dead of night. A popular vote later validated the theft and Oklahoma City became the permanent capital. Greetings from Oklahoma, the 46th state to join the Union, which it did on November 6th, 1907.

      • Narrator: Forty three percent of this state is considered wetlands or marsh. At over 175 million acres that's more wetlands than you'll find in the other 49 states put together. Greetings from Alaska, it became the 59th state on January 3rd, 1959

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