USATourist News MagazineSeptember 2006
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Welcome to the September issue of the USATourist News Magazine. This month we are exploring the Midwest United States.
The "Midwest" region of the United States is actually situated in the north central part of the country and includes 12 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Midwest has several nicknames including the "Heartland", "Middle America" and "America's Breadbasket." Many of these states are grouped with other states forming small regions with nicknames such as "Great Lakes States" or the "Great Plains."
The people of the Midwestern United States have a reputation for being honest and hardworking with strong family values. Much of the land is flat and rural with many ranches and farms but you will find also hills and mountains in the northern part of the region that offer winter skiing. The Mississippi River flows through the Midwest and is a source for transporting freight between the communities that sit on its banks.
The recreation vehicle manufacturer Winnebago Industries is found in Forest City, Iowa. It was founded in 1958 and is still manufacturing RVs. www.winnebagoind.com/html/company/factoryTour.html
In 1848 John Deere opened his first plow manufacturing plant in Moline, Illinois, changing farming forever. While the oldest John Deere plow in existence is located in the Smithsonian, visitors can get a glimpse of the John Deere history at the John Deere Pavilion located in Moline Illinois. Visitors are fascinated by the interactive displays and get to see new and antique equipment. www.deere.com/en_US/attractions/pavilion
Here's something to whistle about. The only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States, American Whistle Corporation, offers guided tours to visitors. The "American Classic" whistle is the official whistle of the Boy Scouts of America and the National Fraternal Order of Police and each visitor gets to take one home. The American Whistle Corporation also makes the loudest whistle in the world. www.americanwhistle.com/tours.html
Nebraska is known as the "Beef State," producing one-fifth of the steaks and hamburgers in the United States. There are more cows than people in Nebraska.
Iowa is called the "Corn State" for the fact that 90% of the state is used for farmland. Iowa is also known as the "Hawkeye State" as a tribute to the leader of the Sac Indians, chief Black Hawk. The Sac Indians relocated to Iowa after losing a battle to white settlers.
Water skiing was invented in Lake City, Minnesota in 1922 by Ralph Samuelson.
Casinos are quite popular in the Midwest, especially casino riverboats, many of which offer hotel rooms and lavish buffets. I found a Web site that can help you if you're interested in going to any Midwest casinos. The Midwest Casino Guide offers gambling information, casino reviews, travel links and more. www.midwestcasinoguide.com
Which means fall festivals, Oktoberfests, and street fairs can found be all across the country. Here are some links to find the fun:
Midwest Art fairs: www.midwestartfairs.com/calendar.html
Festivals in the United States: www.festivals.com/search/map_country.aspx?RID=US
We will see you next month when we will be visiting Chicago, the Windy City and the Great Lakes. Have a great month and happy travels!
Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair
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