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Old 07-02-2010, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I was watching a show on the History Channel and they had an interesting story about a town called Kaskaskia, IL. It is the only town in Illinois west of the Mississippi River. It used to be east of the river like the rest of Illinois (and was even its capital!), but then a flood re-routed the Mississippi east of the town. Now, Kaskaskia is all alone as the only Illinois town west of the Mississippi. The residents (all 9 of them) have a Missouri zipcode.

Here is a map of where the town is: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...,1.454315&z=10
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Thats really cool i love the history channel now i have a new fact in my arsenal of random facts.
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Interesting. That's kind of like the horseshoe in the Mississippi River near New Madrid, MO, where the land inside the horseshoe is part of Kentucky, but it is detached from the rest of the state and is only accessible (by land) through Tennessee.

I went to the Cincinnati Reds game against the Kansas City Royals with a friend and he commented how it was odd that a state with a sparse population like Kansas has a baseball team. I informed him that the Kansas City Royals are in Kansas City, MO, not Kansas City, KS. He was dumbfounded that they would call a town in Missouri Kansas City. He was even more dumbfounded when he realized Missouri had two baseball teams (the St. Louis Cardinals being the other).

What was formerly known as The Greater Cincinnati International Airport is actually located not in Cincinnati, OH, but in Hebron, KY. Due to the large amount of confusion this caused with travelers, they changed the name to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. I think a lot of people are still confused as to what state they are in when they land.

The New York Jets and New York Giants football teams actually play in New Jersey. Recently, the city of East Rutherford, NJ was the only city with less than 10,000 residents to host five professional sports franchises (the aforementioned Jets and Giants, the NJ Nets basketball team, the NJ Devils hockey team, and the New York Red Bulls soccer team). With the closing of the old Meadowlands sports complex this year, the Nets, Devils, and Red Bulls have relocated to other cities.
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They also talked about the Haskell Free Library and Opera House which sits on the international border between the US and Canada.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haskell...nd_Opera_House

Some guy in the VT town was complaining security has gotten so strict it takes him about 2 hours to do a favor for a neighbor because he has to go through border patrol to cross the line
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Very interesting. I heard there was a town in Kentucky that does not set their clocks forward/backward in the spring and fall . I thought that was quite interesting, the town never has done it (banks, gov't building etc.).
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Very interesting. I heard there was a town in Kentucky that does not set their clocks forward/backward in the spring and fall . I thought that was quite interesting, the town never has done it (banks, gov't building etc.).
Until recently, a large part of Indiana didn't observe daylight savings time and I never knew what time it was when I went there. In some towns it would be one time, in other towns it would be another. This, coupled with the two time zones (Eastern and Central) always left me really confused. Finally, the whole state adopted daylight savings time a few years ago.
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Until recently, a large part of Indiana didn't observe daylight savings time and I never knew what time it was when I went there. In some towns it would be one time, in other towns it would be another. This, coupled with the two time zones (Eastern and Central) always left me really confused. During daylight savings time (dst), you would have counties in the Eastern time zone that did not observed dst and counties in the Central time zone that did oberve it, leaving a 2 hour time difference (sometimes there was a two hour time difference between counties only about 50 miles apart). Finally, the whole state adopted daylight savings time a few years ago.
I see you're from KY. The specific part I was referring to is Monticello. I have family there and in Corbin.
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I see you're from KY. The specific part I was referring to is Monticello. I have family there and in Corbin.
I've been to Monticello several times (when visiting Lake Cumberland). I never knew they didn't observe daylight savings time, though. Interesting.
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What was formerly known as The Greater Cincinnati International Airport is actually located not in Cincinnati, OH, but in Hebron, KY. Due to the large amount of confusion this caused with travelers, they changed the name to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. I think a lot of people are still confused as to what state they are in when they land.
....and the airport/weather code for this airport is (K)CVG, named for Covington, Kentucky - a city several miles away from Hebron!

I have a similar issue with the airport near me, but it's county/city lines, not state-oriented.
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Until recently, a large part of Indiana didn't observe daylight savings time and I never knew what time it was when I went there. In some towns it would be one time, in other towns it would be another. This, coupled with the two time zones (Eastern and Central) always left me really confused. Finally, the whole state adopted daylight savings time a few years ago.
All but the extreme northwest (Gary/Hammond) and southwest (Evansville/Vincennes) are in Eastern Time Zone, but never changed their clocks. During the Summer they remained with Central Time (Chicago) for DST, and during the winter, they were with Eastern (Cincinnati).
My stepmom and grandmother in northern Indiana found it odd that the sun wouldn't go down until 9:30pm and would remain bright until just after 10pm. It was always an hour earlier in the past.

Arizona and Hawaii still do not change their clocks.
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I was watching a show on the History Channel and they had an interesting story about a town called Kaskaskia, IL. It is the only town in Illinois west of the Mississippi River. It used to be east of the river like the rest of Illinois (and was even its capital!), but then a flood re-routed the Mississippi east of the town. Now, Kaskaskia is all alone as the only Illinois town west of the Mississippi. The residents (all 9 of them) have a Missouri zipcode.
"How The States Got Their Shapes". I watched this show too, it had a lot of interesting facts.
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Thats really cool i love the history channel now i have a new fact in my arsenal of random facts.
I LIKE THC. Love is a word I reserve for things that hit more than a few nails right on the head. THC has way too much of that UFO garbage on there. And that Ice Road Truckers show is just stupid. And the Gangland thing is just mindlessly off topic. It might be a good show on a different channel.

I do LOVE Pawn Stars and Pickers and THC does have some very good shows on sometimes.
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