Here we are, just hours from opening day of firearms deer season, the real holiday season for many Missourians. Alas, this also means that the woods are pretty much off-limits to hiking, unless you like the taste of lead. This, of course, puts a real crimp in this blog.
So here's something completely different to fill the void: a quiz about Missouri history and geography. Below are questions about various tidbits of Missouriana -- I hesitate to call this filler material -- that I've collected recently. The answers won't be revealed until next week as part of a ploy to increase the pageviews on this blog.
1. What was the first state park created in Missouri?
Big Spring State Park
Sam A. Baker State Park
Montauk State Park
Elephant Rocks State Park
2. After years of unregulated hunting, the deer population in Missouri was almost wiped out in the early 1900s. How many deer were estimated to live in Missouri in 1925?
3. During its early years, the town of Marble Hill had many names. Which of these was not one of them?
4. Which historical figure is the namesake for not one, not two, but three Missouri counties?
5. What Missouri county sits adjacent to a county in Illinois with the same name? (No doubt this causes all kinds of confusion)
6. What was the county seat of Pemiscot County during the 19th Century?
7. What was the original name of Hubble Creek in Cape Girardeau County?
8. In 1839, the Governor of Missouri dispatched the state militia to confront which neighboring state over a boundary dispute?
9. Missouri is bordered by how many states?
10. Route 66 is arguable the most famous highway in America (and Missouri). But it was originally assigned a different number. What was it?