Thursday, February 9, 2017

D is for Davenport, Iowa ~ Blogging through the Alphabet

So this week may seem like a little random spot to be visiting, but Gavin decided to Google places that start with D, and Davenport, Iowa was what he chose. He says that he loves the Davenports on the t.v. show Lab Rats, so that's basically what swayed his decision. So, here we go!

Davenport, Iowa
was part of the Louisiana Purchase. It was established in 1836 by Antoine LeClaire and named after his good friend, George Davenport.

What continent is Davenport, Iowa on? Since it is part of the Unites States, it is in North America.

What kind of government does it have? Again, it's part of the U.S. so follows the U.S. Government.

What are the people called that live there? Well since they live in the state of Iowa, they are called Iowans.

What is the official language? English

What kind of animals is this place known for? Iowa has quite a bit of wildlife that live there. Some animals include bison, elk, deer, racoon, fox squirrel, mountain lion, lynx, gray wolf, black wolf, coyotes, bears and beavers, just to name a few. 

Famous people that are from here? My son was excited to find out that NFL running back Roger Craig was from here along with offensive lineman, Julian Vandervelde. Seth Rollins, the wrestler is also from here. 

Fun Facts:
  • Apparently it's the "loose meat capital." Fred Angell opened the first Maid Rite restaurant in Muscatine in 1926. Being from Texas, I had to explain what a loose meat sandwich was to my kids. It's kind of like a hamburger, but not formed from what I can tell. I found a recipe, and we will be adding them to our menu next week!
  • Davenport Iowa is home to one of the U.S's oldest minor league baseball parks that is still in use today. Modern Woodmen Park was built in 1931.
  • Davenport is part of the Quad Cites which is actually 5 cities. Besides Davenport, the others included are: Moline Illinois, Rock Island Illinois, Bettendorf Iowa, and East Moline Illinois.
  • Davenport gets an estimated 30 inches of snow every winter! That's a lot of snow!
We had fun with our mini lesson this week, and I will try and post pics of our loose meat sandwiches if I can remember. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Wow - loose meat capital! Nice post - and a good one to share with my kiddos. Thanks!

  2. I am laughing, because through all of this, the part that stuck out to me was Muscatine, which reminded me of Veggie Tales' Big River Rescue. I'm easily distractible. I like the word davenport. When I was in Girl Scouts, many decades ago, we sang a multi-verse song and one was
    "D A V E N P O R T spells davenport.
    It's the only decent kind of loveseat.
    The guy who made it must have had a heartbeat.
    D A V E N P O R T you see,
    It's a hug and a squeeze and honey please.
    It's davenport for me."
    There were verses for castor oil, lollipops, and more. It has stuck with me for nearly four decades! LOL