When it came to light that the Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove IS THE OLDEST WEEKLY rodeo in the United States, we were gobsmacked!

Who knew New Jersey could be home such a "wild" distinction! We started thinking about other important Gems we might possess here in the Garden state and not even know about.

So as usual, we threw it out to our listeners. We asked: What little known facts about NJ can you educate us about? And we want to share them with you!

1. Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch is named for the seven U.S. Presidents who summered in Long Branch

2. Woodbridge has references to "Cloverleaf" all over the city, including Cloverleaf Memorial Park and Cloverleaf Circle. They're named for the country's first traffic "cloverleaf," at Route 1 south and Route 35 south. This type of intersections was considered a highway engineering marvel when it was introduced in 1929.

3. Fanwood is named after a famous journalist named Fannie Wood who often wrote about the area.

4. The first steam engine used in the United States was in North Arlington.

5. The wire used in the construction of both the Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge was manufactured by the Roebling Wire Works in Trenton.

6. The second highest point on the eastern seaboard is Mount Mitchill, where you can see a beautiful sunrise, is in Atlantic Highlands.

7. The first electric motor operated semaphore was installed on the CNJ RR in Black Dan's Cut, near Phillipsburg.

9. President James Garfield was shot in Washington, DC but succumbed to his wounds in 1881 in the Elberon section of Long Branch.

10. The martian landing in Orsen Welles' 1938 broadcast of "The War of The Worlds" was in Grover's Mill, a community located in West Windsor.

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