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  •  Galena (5+ / 0-)

    the mythical name for Pb, or lead, was a town built on poisoning your paint and your gasoline. they removed MILLIONS of tons of the stuff, and turned it into really funky chemicals. The bluffs and hills are incredible around there, and the Iowan Quad Cities.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 03:14:44 PM PDT

    •  It's also why WI is the Badger State (1+ / 0-)
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      due to the lead mines in Platteville, Mineral Point, Shullsburg and elsewhere. The state's first capitol - Belmont - is in that region, too. You can still see a few old mine dumps along WI 11 out that way, and there used to be an old mine you could tour, and another that was still operating.

      In Mineral Point the Cornish miners first accommodations were holes in the hillsides that looked like badger holes, and that's where the Badger nickname comes from - there aren't many furry badgers in the state.

      There's also a miner on the state flag.

      I lived in Platteville, WI for a couple of years, and just north of the Quad Cities in Le Claire, IA for 3 years. Most of the time gas was still 30 cents a gallon, so I did a lot sight-seeing and travel through the area.

      It's never too late to have a happy childhood - Tom Robbins

      by badger on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 10:26:21 PM PDT

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      •  They mined badgers? (0+ / 0-)

        The SS Badger is the monstrous ferry that crosses from luddington to Wisconsin. Almost got hit by it in the fog.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 01:30:39 AM PDT

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