What Rhode Island is known for?
|Entered the Union: May 29, 1790 (13)||Capital: Providence|
|State Song: “Rhode Island, It’s for Me”||State Flower: Violet|
|State Parks: 15 • State Beaches: 10||State Mineral: Bowenite|
|Famous for: Newport’s summer tourism, Jewelry manufacturing, spectacular coastline|
What are some interesting facts about Rhode Island for kids?
- Nickname: The Ocean State.
- Statehood: 1790; 13th state.
- Population (as of July 2016): 1,056,426.
- Capital: Providence.
- Biggest City: Providence.
- Abbreviation: RI.
- State bird: Rhode Island red chicken.
- State flower: violet.
What did Rhode Island invent? Olneyville New York System in Providence is credited for creating the first hot wiener joint. Since its beginning this tasty food item has only grown in popularity. The first diner was born in 1872. A Rhode Islander by the name of Walter Scott invented a horse drawn restaurant sparking this popular American tradition.
How did Rhode Island get its name? The Name. This state was named by Dutch explorer Adrian Block. He named it “Roodt Eylandt” meaning “red island” in reference to the red clay that lined the shore. The name was later anglicized when the region came under British rule.