Jul. 12, 2018

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As I remember it, early history classes taught me that the first Europeans arrived here in settlements like Jamestown, with a passing mention of the Norse.  Those K-12 classes were the only history I ever took.  So I was very surprised to learn that many, many Europeans were here before that.  They came every summer to hunt, fish, mine, and cut timber.  White pine was one of the more desirable trees because of its clear straight wood, and played a significant role in attracting Europeans to this continent.

We passed right by Kansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana because their flowers were already posted.  Kansas has the common sunflower, Kentucky the goldenrod (Solidago gigantea), and Louisiana the magnolia.  Louisiana also designates the Louisiana iris, which I have no images of.