State of Massachusetts

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Massachusetts State Facts

  • List of Counties

  • List of Towns

  • Points of Interest

  • Capital: Boston

  • Largest city: Boston

  • Highest point: Mount Greylock, 3,489 ft (1063.4 m)

  • Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean, sea level

  • Admission to Union: February 6, 1788 (6th)

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Massachusetts State Information

  • Cambridge, MA, America's number two city for singles

  • In Boston, its capital, the Freedom Trail is a walking route of sites related to the American Revolution

  • 2004: Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

  • Johnny Appleseed was designated Massachusetts’s official folk hero on August 2, 1996. Born John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed lived from approximately 1775 to 1845. An American pioneer and hero of folklore, he planted apple trees from New England to the Ohio River valley.

  • Dueling is so frowned on in The Bay State that It’s even illegal to do so with water pistols.

  • Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith in Springfield

  • Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William Morgan in Holyoke

  • Long-distance hiking trails in Massachusetts include the Appalachian Trail, the New England National Scenic Trail, the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, the Midstate Trail, and the Bay Circuit Trail

  • Lake Chaubunagungamaugg, also known as Webster Lake, is a lake in the town of Webster,

Massachusetts Points of Interest

Massachusetts Points of Interest

Points of Interest of Massachusetts, Things To Do, Places To Go, People To Meet

Our Story

The state of Massachusetts is located in the New England region of the United States and is bordered buy by Connecticut and Rhode Island on its south, New York on its west, New Hampshire and Vermont on its North, and the Atlantic Ocean to its east. It is the 7th ranked least extensive state with only 10,555 square miles of land area and it also the 14th ranked most populated state with an approximate population of 6.58 million as of 2011. Massachusetts consists of two different metropolitan regions known as the Springfield metropolitan area and the Boston Metropolitan area. Roughly more than two thirds of the states entire population lives within the Greater Boston area. The capital of Massachusetts is the city of Boston.

Massachusetts served a very important role historically, culturally, and commercially in the history of America. Passengers of the famous ship the Mayflower first founded Plymouth in 1620, and shortly after Harvard University was established in 1636 making it the oldest institution pertaining to higher education in the United States. The state was originally economically based around agriculture, fishing, and trade, however it was later transformed to a prime manufacturing location during the era known as the industrial revolution. In the 20th century the economy of Massachusetts slowly moved from manufacturing to services, where in the 21st century the state has become a leader in high technology, financial services, health care technology, and education.

Massachusetts has a few major bodies of water including the Connecticut River, Merrimack River, Charles River, and Quabbin Reservior. The highest point of elevation within the state is Mt. Greylock which peaks at 3,491 feet above seal level. The state bird of Massachusetts is the Black-Capped Chickadee, the state fish is the Cod, the state flower is the Mayflower, and the State tree is the American Elm Tree. Massachusetts played a crucial role in the history and formation of the United States and continues to play a very important role to this day in the over functioning of the country.

Tanglewood, located in Lenox, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

The site of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond near Concord

Great Boston Molasses Flood - January 15, 1910
Fiery hot molasses floods the streets of Boston on January 15, 1919, killing 21 people and injuring scores of others. The molasses burst from a huge tank at the United States Industrial Alcohol Company building in the heart of the city. Website