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How Much Do You Know About The Empire State? – Dale’s Daily Data

A section of the Erie Canal in Orleans County (New York Tourism & Recreation)

Some trivia about the state you may not have known.

New York State has 62 counties and almost 1500 towns and villages.
It has more than 4-thousand lakes and ponds.
In terms of area it ranks as only the 27th largest state.
New York was the first state to require license plates on cars.
There are more than 400 golf courses and 55 ski areas across the state.
The state capital building in Albany was completed in 1898. It took 31 years to build.
Before Albany, Kingston was the state capital.
The longest river is the Hudson at 315 miles.
The Hudson is part of the state’s canal system. The entire system extends 524 miles across the state and includes 57 locks. The largest of those locks is in Little Falls, lifting and lowering boats 40 and a half feet.
There are five locks in Lockport. Each one lifts boats 20 feet for a total of 60 feet up and down the Niagara Escarpment.
Adirondack State park is larger than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier and Grand Canyon Parks combined.
In 1885 New York State took over ownership of land along the Niagara River and Niagara Falls creating the first state park in the country.

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