options are many as this is one of the USA's more populated
states. The name Ohio comes from the Iroquois Indian word
for "good river". Ohio was the first state to be carved out of
the Northwest Territory, the huge area ceded to a new United
States of America after independence. Ohio was the 17th
state to be admitted to the USA in 1803. Ohio's 44,828
square miles makes it the 34th state in terms of area.
Ohio's capital is Columbus, where Cleveland is the major city in the northeast. Cincinnati, in the southwest, is the largest metropolitan area in the state and Toledo in the northwest is a major transportation hub.
Ohio saw the birth of many prominent Americans including seven of the U.S. presidents. Astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong were born here as were authors James Thurber, Zane Grey, Arthur Schlesinger and Ambrose Bierce. Thomas Edison and Orville Wright were born in Ohio. Movie personalities from here include, Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Dorothy Dandridge, Ruby Dee, Lillian Gish, and many more.