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Copy of Midwest Region
Transcript of Copy of Midwest Region
Stop 1: Farm Town in Iowa
Stop 4: South Dakota- Mount Rushmore
Stop 3: The Great Lakes
Stop 1: St. Louis, Missouri
This is the place where a nation reached the great river and halted, staring across the water into wide, wild lands. In St. Louis, the United States ended and the wild began. So it was here that the citizens of the young United States streamed across and into the western territories, first with Lewis and Clark and then with countless others. It all began from a wide bend on the continent’s mightiest river. This is where the United States discovered America.
Stop 2: The Farm State of Iowa
Most of Iowa looked very similar to this picture. That’s because nearly every inch of Iowa is covered by farms! It is often referred to as the “Corn State.”
These earliest farmers planted crops that supplied their families and livestock with food. They kept a few chickens and hogs, a cow and some sheep. Orchards were often planted.
Farmers cleared more land and grew a bigger crop each year. Extra wheat, corn, oats or hogs were traded or sold. Farmers would trade these items for things that could not be made on the farm, such as sugar, coffee, thread or cotton cloth. If these goods were sold, the money would be used to buy more land or to pay taxes.
Stop 3: Dodge City, Kansas
The era of the great cattle drives began right after the Civil War.
Cowboys originated in Spanish, CA and Mexico then adapted to the Texas drives in the 1870s and 1880s. Early cattle drives were initiated by Nelson Story and Charles Goodnight. Cattle were driven across the Chisholm and other trails to cow towns such as Abilene and Dodge City.
Cattle trailing was the principal method of getting cattle to market in the late nineteenth century. It provided Texans with a practical, economical means of marketing surplus livestock.
Stop 5: Michigan's Soo Locks
The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie and marvel at the sight of 1000 ft freighters being raised and lowered by the magnificent waterway system constructed in 1850. Located in Sault. Ste. Marie the Soo Locks feature the largest waterway traffic system in the world! Sault Ste. Marie is the third oldest permanent settlement in the United States. Before the Europeans arrived North American Indians inhabited the area for nearly 2,000 years. A small native community was established along the shores of the St. Mary and quickly became an important gathering place for food and council meetings.
Let's see how the Soo Locks work!
Stop 6: Detroit, Michigan
Today we are going to learn about Henry Ford, and the original Henry Ford Company. We will begin by taking a look at the companies history.
The history of the automobile plant.
A look at how cars are made today!
Stop 7: Chicago's International Airport
Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) is one of the busiest airports in the USA and it has received major international awards in the past from Business Traveler magazine.
Chicago O'Hare is based just 20 miles (kilometers) from downtown Chicago and has comprehensive travel connections by bus, train or car. Conveniently located near major highways.
Chicago ORD's four terminals are filled with shops, restaurants and services for travelers arriving or departing from its gates; they are all inter-connected by an efficient transit system. Chicago ORD Airport is also easily linked to Chicago's other airport, Chicago Midway Airport, by shuttle buses and there is a METRA station at the airport for travelers heading to the city center.
Stop 8: Springfield, Illinois-Abraham Lincoln's House
Abraham Lincoln made Springfield his home from 1837 until 1961. It was President Lincoln’s idea to build a home for Illinois governors to reside in. Springfield wasn’t always the capital of Illinois. First the capital was Kaskaskia and, in 1820, it relocated to Vandalia. Springfield became the capital after Abraham Lincoln and his political group called “The Long Nine” made it happen.
Let's take a tour of Lincoln's House
Stop 9: Wrigley Field
Stop 10: Minnesota's Mall of America
This is NOT your typical shopping experience! Aside from having over 580 stories, this mall has an amusement park, a NASCAR Speedway, tons of restaurants, a Lego Imagination Center, and even an aquarium!
Let's take a look at the Mall of America's Brochure and see what attractions we would like to visit today.