Posted by: Ron DuBour | August 10, 2018

Knowing America through Poetry ~ ILLINOIS ~ by rldubour


Friday!! (in alpha order) Time to pack up and move on to our next great state! Today is:

 

Knowing America through Poetry

ILLINOIS

Image result for road sign welcome ILLINOIS

The motto is, “State sovereignty, national union.”
And the people here are called, “Illinoisans.”
This state’s name came from this word “ILLINI”
From tribes of the Native Americans.

The Sears Tower is the tallest building
On the continent and that is not a mystery.
At 8′ 11.1″ tall and shoe size at 37!
Robert Wadlow is the tallest man in history!

The square dance is the state’s dance
Twirl your gal and don’t you miss!
And Metropolis is a real city, so does
Supermen really exist?

With over 345 billion cookies sold
This is just one line, Nabisco’s Oreo!
And in Spring Grove to store their grain
They constructed the First round silo.

Chicago has the world’s largest public
Library, with over 2 million books.
Kaskaskia and then Vandalia were the
Capitals before Springfield had a look.

In Mt. Pulaski it’s illegal for boys
To hurl snowballs at trees.
And for all the girls, don’t worry
Every young lady has been reprieved.

The state’s flower is the violet
The white oak is the tree
The animal is the white-tail deer
The cardinal is the official bird I see.

The state’s slogan is “Land of Lincoln”
And Illinois means “Tribe of superior men.”
Chicago it the third largest city in the nation
The only drive through Post Office, at 433 Van Buren!

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Is the most sophisticated.
A prehistoric native civilization
Preserved and not duplicated.

Lincoln, Hemingway, Adams and Brooks

Clinton, Reagan and John Deere

Williams, Ford, Ferris and Field

No more names will be shown here.

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Statehood, December 3, 1818 the 21st state

Capital is Springfield

AUTHOR NOTES:
Robert Wadlow was born in Alton, IL
The Sears Tower, Chicago, tallest in the North American continent, the fourth tallest in the world.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, born Chicago 1947
The Nabisco Co is the largest producer of cookies and crackers in the world there has been 345 billion Oreo cookies sold to date! Would fill up the world’s largest freight train, consisting of 660 freight cars, more than 45 times!

 

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