Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fact of the Day: Monk River

The capital of Iowa, Des Moines is named after a fort that was named after the Des Moines River. The French called the river La Riviere des Moines which literally means "river of the monks". 

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  1. Thanks for the fact of the day. Great to know:)

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  2. I've crossed this river a number of times in my past, but never thought about what the name meant. I wonder if the river was travelled by a lot of priests? I know the Jesuits were very active throughout North America as they strove to bring Christianity to Native Americans.

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  3. Love this landscape
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  4. Beautiful, seems a very relaxing place!
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  5. I thought riviere means coast...

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    1. Same here. Wait a minute... are you doubting Mr. Fact, Dezz? Shame on you. Now go and sit in his cave.

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  6. Iowa is one of the states I have never visited. Beautiful picture.

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  7. I wonder how "monk" play into this. Was there a monastery nearby at one point?

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  8. Monks must have traveled down it in their monk ways

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  9. Another interesting fact. Thanks, I didn't know that.

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  10. Once again... I had no idea. Your blog makes some of us feel like ignorant monkeys.

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  11. absolutely interesting always learn something here:)

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