NJ’s State Dinosaur

Did you know that New Jersey has a state dinosaur?  We do.

New Jersey is actually the site where the first, fully intact dinosaur skeleton was found!  Even back in the days of the dinosaurs, New Jersey was the place to be!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

On June 13, 1991, the duckbilled Hadrosaurus foulkii was named the New Jersey state dinosaur.

(The bones were found in Haddonfield, NJ in 1858.)

Read more about it through these links:
http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/dinosaurs/nj_hadrosaurus_foulkii.htm

http://www.statefossils.com/nj/nj.html

http://www.levins.com/dinosaur.shtml

Fun NJ Fact: Monopoly

The next time you play a game of Monopoly, keep this fun New Jersey fact in mind:

(photo from justrealeyez.wordpress.com)

The board game, Monopoly, uses actual street names from the town of Atlantic City, NJ.

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

Click here for more NJ facts and trivia!

The First Independence Day Celebrations in New Jersey

After the Declaration of Independence was printed in Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776, copies were sent by horseback to each of the other states.

Copy of painting by John Trumbull, 1817-18 (from http://www.thisnation.com)

Some of the very first readings of the Declaration of Independence took place in Trenton on July 8th, Princeton on July 9th, and New Brunswick on July 9th (or 10th).

Follow this link to have a listen for yourself.

Wishing you a happy and safe Independence Day celebration this weekend!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

Sources:
http://www1.american.edu/heintze/declar.htm http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/07/reenactment_of_reading_of_decl.html