State College is best known for Penn State University.  Although, Penn State makes up most of our community there is much more to this “Ye old Town” than just this university.  Upon reading this post you may find some interesting facts about State College, home of the Nittany Lions.


The “Happy Valley” is a nickname for the State College area. This  term was established during the Great Depression when the town was not hit as hard by the economic situation due to Penn State University.  

 

Penn State's original school colors were pink and black.  Could you imagine Penn State not representing the “stereotypical” blue and white colors we all know today?  

Bill Clinton was the only person to ever mix flavors at the Berkey Creamery.  However,  don’t get any ideas, because you will get sent to the back of the line.

 

The Berkey Creamery is the largest campus creamery in the United States.

 

The Nittany Lion is the second most photographed landmark in Pennsylvania.

The State College Area High School was the first school in the country to teach driver's’ education in 1958.

 

Bellefonte, a town now with a population of 5,000, was once considered to be Pennsylvania's capital, but Harrisburg was then chosen instead because of the easy accessibility on the Susquehanna River.

 

AccuWeather is the world's largest private weather forecasting service which was originated and is based in State College, PA

 

State College was ranked No. 1 as the least stressful city in the United States by Psychology Today.

 

State College was rated by Places Rated Almanac as the seventh safest city.

 

Boalsburg claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.



 

Penn’s Cave is America’s only all-water cavern and wildlife park.

 

It’s hard to walk around Campus, and see the Penn State logo somewhere.  However, it wasn’t until 1953 that we officially became The Pennsylvania State University thanks in large part to President Milton S. Eisenhower, brother of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

 

hate to say it, but we were not always the loud-and-proud Nittany Lions that we all loves so much. Before the Nittany Lion, there was Old Coaly, a mule who helped in the construction of the original Old Main building. Old Coaly is considered by some to be Penn State’s first mascot. After being purchased by the university, Old Coaly lived out the rest of his days doing several jobs around campus. After his death, his skeleton was preserved and was stored all around campus, finally finding his resting spot in the HUB-Robeson Center.