Friday, July 21, 2006

What Spot did on summer vacation

Spot and Mrs. Spot took just a few days off this week to go to the Mississippi headwaters at Lake Itasca.

Spotty, that was discovered by Lewis and Clark, wasn't it?

No, grasshopper, Spot's afraid you're wrong.

It was Father Hennepin, ever earlier, wasn't it Spotty?

Nope. Wrong again.

I know! I know! It was that Italian dandy Giacomo Beltrami. He got a county named after him, too.

Alas, that is not correct either. Give up? The white man credited with discovering the source of the Mississippi River is Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. He had an Indian guide, quoted in stone at the headwaters visitor center.

And three days later, Schoolcraft has this to say.

In other words, credit goes to the first white guy who was wise and humble enough to ask for directions. Here's a little bit about the history of the area.

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