We made it! It’s Day 20 of the AMB Blog Tour and Week 4 is almost over!! One more week– that’s 5 more days– and we will have completed our road trip across the 50 States!!! What a whirlwind of a tour it’s been- traveling to 2 States per day and meeting all of our incredibly gifted bloggers! I’m enjoying all of the creative ways our bloggers have represented their States in their license plate blocks. So let’s get on with the day and on to our destinations!
For our First Stop of Day 20, we’re headed to the Peace Garden State. Named for an actual location, The International Peace Garden, which straddles the border of this State and our neighbor to the north, Canada. Right smack dab in the middle of this State, in the town of Rugby, you will get to the geographical center of North America, too. A rock obelisk about 15 feet tall, flanked by poles flying the United States and Canadian flags marks this location. Our next State could lay claim to having one of the smallest cities ever. Maza, with a population of 5 people, is still considered a city in this State’s eyes, not a town or village, no matter how small it is. Despite Kansas’s reputation as the ‘Sunflower State’, our next State produces more sunflowers than any other State in the nation. Currently, there may be a big oil boom in this State that’s contributing to the economic prosperity, but agriculture & farming are still the contenders for top industries here. Ranchers in this State produce enough beef to make 113 million hamburgers each year. There are approximately three times more cattle than people in the State, and the world’s largest hamburger was eaten here weighing 3,591 lbs. If you’re eating America- made pasta, most likely it’s made from durum wheat produced in this State, too. Welcome to our ‘friend’ of the North, North Dakota ! It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Terri of Terri Stegmiller Art Quilts. Check out the beautiful work that Terri creates….it’s stunning and so is her license plate!
Our first stop of the day was in North Dakota, so that can only clue us in on where our Second Stop of Day 20 shall be. Did you know that ‘Dakota’ is the Sioux word for ‘friend’ or ‘ally’? In fact, our next State is the home of the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota tribes, which make up the Sioux Nation. Our last stop in North Dakota may claim the geographical center of North America, but our second stop of the day claims the geographic center of the United States of America. Belle Fourche is the geographical center of the USA, designated in 1959, and noted by an official marker and sheepherder’s monument called a “Stone Johnnie”. Our next State is home to the Badlands National Park, which consists of nearly 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended and the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States. The Badlands National Park contains the world’s richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old. And speaking of other things ‘bad to the bone,’ if you spotted a slew of ‘road hogs’ on the highway in this State, perhaps you witnessed the annual Black Hills Classic Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis. Only this can mean we must be in beautiful South Dakota!! Please meet Moneik of the blog Moneik Quilts who will show you her nifty license plate block creation!
We made it!! Scratch Week 4 off your calendars, and give yourselves a pat on the back! Not only have we made it to 40 States on the AMB Blog Tour, but we’ve survived both Friday the 13th and a full moon, too!!! Rest up over the weekend as we take our last break and see you on Monday for our final week of the tour…Week 5! Yay!
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