Ohio & Buckeye Trivia
Ohio's nickname is the Buckeye State
Ohioans acquired the nickname Buckeyes during William Henry Harrison's presidential campaign. Harrison's roots ran deep in Buckeye country and log cabins of buckeye wood were being towed from town to town while supporters sang a jingle, "Oh where, tell me where was your buckeye cabin made?" This spread the image of Ohioan and Buckeye throughout the land.
The Ohio Buckeye "Aesculus Glabra" is the State Tree of Ohio
The Latin words in the Buckeye Tree's scientific name mean oak and smooth, but the Indians called the species "Hetuck", meaning buckeye because the seeds so strongly resembled the eye of a male deer. The Native Americans roasted, peeled, and mashed the buckeye nut into a nutritional meal. When Colonel Ebenezer Sproat arrived in Marietta in 1788 to be the new sheriff, the Indians were highly impressed and honored him with the name "Hetuck", thus making him the first recorded Buckeye.
The Buckeye Tree was officially adopted as the Ohio state tree on October 2, 1953
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