Greetings, my blog tour friends!! It’s Day 19 of the AMB Blog Tour and the days on our tour are going by faster and faster! Before you know it, we’ll have completed our rounds to all 50 States in the USA! I’ve had loads of fun discovering all sorts of interesting tidbits about each state, as well as meeting our crafty bloggers who have a wonderful knack for representing the states right down to the fine details and itty-bitty stitches! So let’s carry on with the tour and see where we wind up today!
For our First Stop of Day 19, we head to the Cornhusker State. Ironically, this State was once known as ‘The Great American Desert’ by European explorers, but in fact, this State has some of the best farming land in the world! Here’s a little road trip trivia for you: this was the first State to complete its segment of the nation’s mainline interstate system, a 455 mile stretch of four lane highway. And furthermore, where do you suppose some of those vintage American automobiles end up when they go out of commission? Not the junkyard….but Carhenge! Carhenge, located in our next State along Highway 87, is a replica of England’s Stonehenge, the stone sculpture used as a calendar by ancient civilizations. In the Carhenge sculpture, vintage American cars have been used in place of the stones with proportions to match! Besides Carhenge, some more all-American faves have come out of our next State: Kool-aid, Spam, the ‘Reuben’ sandwich, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, and the strobe light! Only in Nebraska, right?! Welcome to our first State of Day 19 and please meet the talented Sandi of the blog, renaissanceSandi! Check out her license plate block.
Nebraska is considered a Great Plains State, and we’ll continue our tour in this beautiful area of the USA for our Second Stop of Day 19. Our next State’s name comes from a Spanish term meaning ‘colored red’ or ‘ruddy’, after the color of the silt that runs in the major river that also shares this State’s name. Did you know that the State Capitol Building here used a distinctive red marble called “Beulah red” to give it a unique and marvelous look? Cutting, polishing, and installing the marble in the Capitol took six years, from 1894 to 1900. All of the “Beulah red” marble in the world went into the Capitol, too, so that means it cannot be replaced– at any price. The 13th step of this building is exactly 1 mile high above sea level. Did I mention that out of all 50 states, our next State has the highest mean altitude? The largest flat-top mountain in Grand Mesa is located here. And Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” after being inspired by the view from Pikes Peak, another famous high altitude location in this State. One more fun ‘American-inspired’ piece of trivia: This State’s Cap City lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. The trademark for the name Cheeseburger was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast. With colorful inspiration scattered all throughout our next State, I’m anxious to see what our next blogger has created for her license plate block. Welcome to beautiful Colorado say hello to Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy !
Hope you enjoyed today’s States and talented bloggers on the AMB Blog Tour ! Get a good night’s sleep, because tomorrow we head towards the Badlands!! See you then!
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