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Surprising facts about Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be small in size, but there are many things about it that make it unique that you probably didn’t know about. It is home to many historically relevant events, such as being the birthplace of the man who painted George Washington’s face on the first one-dollar bill. It is also a center of entertainment with the country’s oldest 4th of July party and the country’s oldest carousel.

Key Takeaways:

  • The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, aka Little Rhody, may be the smallest state in the union, but it has the longest name of all 50 states.
  • The oldest automated post office in the United States, first to use mechanized machines to sort mail, was built in Providence, RI in 1960 and is still in operation today.
  • One of the world’s most popular underwear labels, Fruit of the Loom, was invented in Providence, RI by textile mill owner Robert Knight and his friend Rufus Skeel.

“The guy who painted the face on the dollar bill was born here.”

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