Vermont – Abbreviated VT
Capital – Montpelier
In March of 1791 Vermont was the first non-colonial (or 14th) state to join the Union, and the first admitted after the Constitution was ratified. While it is the sixth smallest in area and 2nd smallest in populous, Vermont boasts the most dairy cows per capita.
Wisconsin – Abbreviated WI
Capital – Madison
Admitted to the Union in May of 1848, Wisconsin is known for its love of capitals: Wausau is the ginseng capital of the world; Mount Horeb is the troll capital of the world; Potosi is the state’s catfish capital; the state is the dairy capital of the country; Boscobeel is the turkey capital of the state; and there are many more strange and silly capitals peppering the land!
Georgia – Abbreviated GA
Capital – Atlanta
In January of 1788, Georgia was the 4th state to join the Union. In January of 1861, the state succeeded from the Union to join the Confederacy, only to be restored to the Union in July of 1870.
Wyoming – Abbreviated WY
Capital – Cheyenne
In July of 1890 Wyoming became the 44th state to join the Union. This rough, edge of the west state was the first to allow women the right to vote in 1869 and elected the first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross, in 1925.
West Virginia – Abbreviated WV
Capital – Charleston
In June of 1863 West Virginia became an official member of the United States of America. While most states achieved their statehood after petitions and votes, West Virginia is the only state to achieve statehood through proclamation of a U.S. president. President Abraham Lincoln admitted West Virginia as a state to the Union after it succeeded from Virginia, which had joined the Confederacy.
Rhode Island – Abbreviated RI
Capital – Providence
The last of the original 13 colonies, Rhode Island was admitted as a state in the Union in May of 1790. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S. at a total of 1,214 square miles; meaning that this state could fit inside the borders of many major U.S. cities.