Nicknames of States; Nicknames of Pittsburg(h)

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    This came up on Historical Newspapers Online, searching "nicknames."  It
antedates four state nicknames by a year.  It also gives one nickname that is
not in the DA, or anywhere else.
     From the NEW YORK TIMES, 30 July 1871, pg. 1, col. 6:

     The Nicknames of the States.
     Alabama, Lizards; Arkansas, Toothpicks; California, Gold Hunters (DA has
1872--ed.); Colorado, Rovers (DA has 1872--ed.); Connecticut, Wooden Nutmegs;
Delaware, Muskrats; Florida, Fly Up the Creeks; Georgia, Buzzards; Illinois,
Suckers; Indiana, Hoosiers; Iowa, Hawkeyes; Kansas, Jayhawkers; Kentucky,
Corn Crackers; Louisiana, Creoles; Maine, Foxes; Maryland, Craw Thumpers;
Michigan, Wolverines; Minnesota, Tadpoles; Missouri, Pukes; Nebraska, Bug
Eaters; Nevada, Sage Hens; New Hampshire, Granite Boys; New Jersey, Blues or
Clam Catchers; New York, Knickerbockers; North Carolina, Tar Boilers and
Tuckoes (Tuckahoes?--ed.); Ohio, Buckeyes; Oregon, Webfeet and Hard Cases;
Pennsylvania, Pennanites and Leatherheads; Rhode Island, Gun Flints; South
Carolina, Weasels; Tennessee, Whelps (DA has 1872--ed.); Texas, Beefheads (DA
has 1872--ed.); Vermont, Green Mountain Boys; Virginia, Beadles (Is this
anywhere?--ed.); Wisconsin, Badgers.


     The DA has 1853 for "Iron City" and 1850 for "Smoky City."
     From the Making of America database, this is from the LADIES REPOSITORY,
July 1843, pg. 216, col. 1:

      No wonder that the Iron City is called a city of smoke.  It is so

      FWIW:  I left out that Pretoria (Nelson Mandela City?) is "the
Jacaranda City," from its many jacaranda trees....The Oxford South African
Dictionary shows that Port Elizabeth became "the Windy City" much after

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