States Well Stated

Connecticut

The Insurance and White Bread Capitol of the WorldConnecticut is home and birthplace of so many things that you would not think of.  Connecticut is so much more than a series of affluent suburbs of New York City and Rhode Island wannabees. I could tell you when Connecticut became a State, but as one of…

Arkansas

Things You Probably Never Cared to Know About Arkansas The first European settlement was established in 1686. “Arkansas” is a French interpretation of a Sioux word “acansa”, meaning “downstream place”. Which means the name has nothing to do with either Kansas, or Noah. Arkansas became the 25th state on June 15, 1836. Arkansas gave the…

Arizona

Incredibly Obvious, Odd and Quirky things about Arizona: The oldest native American settlement in the United States is Oraibi, which was settled by the Hopis in Arizona. The name “Arizona” is derived from the Spanish name of “Arizonac”. THAT name was derived from the Indian name “ali sonak” meaning small spring. This was the name…

States Well Stated – ALASKA

The Origins of Russian Collusion, a.k.a. Alaska Alaska was “discovered” by non-natives, when a Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia in 1741. Not too surprisingly, the Bering Straits were named thus in his honor. The first non-native settlement was started by Russian fur trappers in 1784. Alaska’s name is…

State of Your State – Alabama

Introducing a new feature of the TWRTimes !  By a new writer !  Welcome Betsey Ellis to our staff !  Over the months ahead she will be highlighting all the states of this Union, alphabetically. Fun Facts about Places that None Us Live Anymore! By a recovering legal professional with way too much time on…