Ever wonder how the states were made, or drawn?
I know. That’s a question way out of left field, isn’t it? :) I watched the most interesting show on the History channel yesterday. How the States Got Their Shape. Now I’m no history buff. I’m more like Chevy Chase in the movie, “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel and see new places. I’m just not one to stand in awe for very long. Blame it on a short attention span. A mild case of ADD, maybe?
So when this show started, I figured it would keep my attention for at least a few minutes. I’m in shock. I ended up watching this program for hours. Talk about eye opening. I guess I always assumed the state’s boundaries were decided by the land’s geography, like mountain ranges, valleys or rivers. But instead, there were many different factors that helped decide. Like the great plains, trains and even automobiles. The others are so off the wall they are downright crazy. LOL
It’s been a really long time since I was in school and studied the layout of the land. I felt pretty confident when the show started that I had retained what I’d learned. But sadly, this was not the case. When they started asking people on the street to name or draw a state’s shape, I knew I was in big trouble. Ack! Fail! Then it was name all the states that border the Mississippi? If I remember right, he said there were eleven? Yikes! Another Fail! Followed by how about the four states that corners all meet in the middle? Huh? Is that even possible? Talk about a big wake up call.
So, I thought it would be fun to test you today. (Insert evil laugh here.
See if you can name these states and answer the following questions. No cheating! LOL
2. Which four states meet in the middle? (If you were to lay on your back like you do when making snow angels in the snow, a piece of you would be in each state.)
3. Which fort was accidentally built in Canada instead of the United States and referred to as “Fort Blunder?”
4. What was the original capitol of Illinois? (It had to be moved due to flooding by the mighty Mississippi River and now only has a population of 14.)
5. Which territory, located in the eastern part of now Tennessee, tried to become the 14th state of the United States, but most people have never even heard of it?
Think you know the states shapes? Click Here to take a quiz and test yourself. I got an F+! LOL
Most people have little trouble with Texas’ shape. But did you know that when Texas was annexed in 1845, it retained the right to fly its flag at the same height as the national flag. Or that The Dr. Pepper Company is the oldest major manufacturer of soft drink concentrates and syrups in the United States? Created and sold in 1885 in Waco, Texas it has become a worldwide Texas favorite. I had no idea, but I love my Dr. Pepper!
Now it’s your turn. :) What’s an interesting fact about your state that people might not know?
Click here to check your answers to the five questions above. Thanks for playing!