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". 

24 comments:

Joy said...

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

RaeAbigael said...

cool!

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

Interesting!

Fundy Blue said...

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.

Bob Bushell said...

Fantastic!

Moscow Blogger said...

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Meitzeu said...

Very calm river. :)

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Optimistic Existentialist said...

Awesome fact

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Cool fact!

Christine said...

Interesting!

The Happy Whisk said...

Pretty river.

the chilicool said...

Beautiful, seems a very relaxing place!
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DEZMOND said...

I thought riviere means coast...

Marie a la Mode said...

Cool!

Pilar Domínguez said...

Interesting fact, Adam! :) Kisses

jaybird said...

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

stephen Hayes said...

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

Pat Hatt said...

Monks must have traveled down it in their monk ways

Holy Ghost Writer said...

A name from a name

Mary Kirkland said...

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

Julie Ann Lozada said...

interesting... the place looks beautiful!

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Blue Grumpster said...

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

Blue Grumpster said...

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

Gloria Baker said...

absolutely interesting always learn something here:)