I have been watching the series on the history channel about how the states got their shapes, which reveals a lot of fascinating history about our country. One of the most interesting things is the former borders of the states and territories, and why they are in their present form. One thing I learned is the story of the shape of Nevada. It turns out Arizona as a territory had helped the South in the Civil War. When Nevada was applying for statehood, it had no source of water. So, Congress took part of the Arizona territory that is now the tip of Nevada and gave it to Nevada, which is the present site of the Hoover Dam. There was also the problem with the northern border of Maine, and how Maine is about to split in half today. I never realized northern Maine was so frontier like compared to the south part. Also, the fact that Ohio forgot to receive a proclamation for its statehood in 1803 until President Eisenhower signed it in 1953. Any other former border facts and history would be interesting to hear about.