Thursday, July 14, 2011

State Tidbits: Stuff to See While cruising the Old Roads

The Tidbits information appears roughly every other week in the American Profile Magazine. These are from the July 10-16 issue.

INDIANA-- CHURUBUSCO (pop. 1796) gained attention in 1948 and 1949 after a huge turtle was spotted in Fulk Lake. People named it Oscar. Reporters and visitors came to see it (no mention if they did), but every year they have a Turtle Days Festival. Wonder if it bites?

IOWA-- The world's largest steam-powered stern-wheeler towboat was built in 1902 by the Iowa Iron Works in DUBUQUE (pop. 57,637) The ship once moved 11 million gallons of crude oil in one tow.

KANSAS-- If you want to see which way the wind is blowing in HARPER (pop.1,473) all you have to do is look at the 9-foot-long fish weather vane on top of the water tower where it has been since 1887. Something's fishy in Harper.

MINNESOTA-- The new pride and joy of HUGO (pop. 13.332) is Daniel McKeague who quacked out 12,500 others to become the new voice of the Aflac insurance company's duck mascot.

His New Name, Sir Quacks-A-Lot. --RoadDog

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