Here are the answers for Week 3 of April’s At-Home Road Trip ticket book. Remember, to receive credit for this week, a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult must sign your page to confirm that you filled in the answers before the answers were posted. Click the post title for the full answers.
- Which state has a landmark known as the Serpent Mound?
- In which state will you find the Kaskaskia Dragon?
- In which state can you find the source of the Mississippi River, the St. Lawrence River, and the Red River of the North?
- In which state was Amelia Earhart born?
- The Serpent Mound is a type of indigenous American monument known as an “effigy mound”. Of the effigy mounds made in the shape of snakes and serpents, this is the largest, at over 1300 feet (400m) long. The exact date of its construction, and the name of the people who built it are still unknown, but its location is well known: you can find it in Adams County in southwestern Ohio, built on a plateau in a crater named for the mound.
- Compared to the Serpent Mound, the Kaskasia Dragon’s origins are easy to discover. Built in 1995 by businessman Walt Barenfanger, this fearsome beast guards an RV park near Vandalia, Illinois. If you buy a special token from the nearby hardware store (or for adults, the nearby liquor store), you can make the dragon breathe fire on command–one token gets you a ten second blast of flame.
- All three of these major rivers origins can be found in whole or in part in Minnesota. The mighty Mississippi begins at the placid Lake Itasca; the Red River of the North is formed at the joining of the Bois de Sioux and Otter Tail Rivers; and the St. Lawrence River, while primarily fed by Lake Ontario, is considered by surveyors to have its headwaters originate in the North River in northeastern Minnesota.
- Amelia Earhart, the pioneering pilot, earned her fame as the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was born in the town of Atchison, Kansas, in 1897; she began her flying career in 1920, sealed her fame with her transatlantic flight in 1932, and disappeared mysteriously while attempting to fly around the world in 1937. Theories and speculation about the sudden end to her career have continued well into the 21st century.
How did you do? Remember, if you answered the questions at all, you earn a goodie bag prize and a chance for the gift bag raffle at the end of the program in May. And if you answered them all correctly, you’ll get two chances! You can email a photo of your completed and signed answer page to email@example.com, or drop off a completed and signed trip ticket at the library.