At-Home Road Trip Answers: May, Week 4

Here are the answers for the final week of May’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.

Questions

  1. In which state was Butch Cassidy born?
  2. In what state can you visit the Little Bighorn Battlefield?
  3. In which state can you visit Signpost Forest, where the homesick have put up signs showing the miles to their hometowns?
  4. Which state boasts the first female governor in United States history?

Answers

  1. The famous bank and train robber Butch Cassidy was born with the somewhat less impressive-sounding name of Robert LeRoy Parker in 1866, in what was then the Utah Territory. He chose the name by which he’d later become famous: “Butch” as short for “butcher”, and “Cassidy” after a friend of his who was an experienced cattle rustler. Cassidy and his gang, the “Wild Bunch”, pulled off several spectacular robberies in the 1890s. When things got a little too hot in U.S. territory, Cassidy and his famous partner, the man called the “Sundance Kid”, fled for South America. Both are thought to have perished in a robbery in Bolivia in 1908, but rumors circulated for many years that the infamous duo survived.
  2. The Battle of the Little Bighorn took place in June 1876, between a force of Lakota and other Plains Indians warriors and the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the U.S. Army, in modern-day Montana. The battle is sometimes known as “Custer’s Last Stand”, after the commander of the 7th Cavalry, George Armstrong Custer. The battle resulted in a military victory for the Plains Indians, but as conflicts continued and the U.S. Army seized more Indian materiel and territory, they were eventually forced to surrender.
  3. The Signpost Forest is located near the U.S./Canada border along the Alaska highway. The signpost forest had its start in the 1940s, when an injured U.S. soldier was posted in the area to recover. A sergeant at the base asked him to fix up the signposts in the area, which he did–then added one more, pointing in the direction of his hometown in Danville, Illinois. Sign followed after sign and today there are over 75,000 signs in the “forest”, pointing the direction and distance to almost any place you can imagine. As long as you’re willing to start from a lake in the Yukon.
  4. Nellie Tayloe Ross didn’t seek out elected office; she had it thrust upon her. Her husband, William B. Ross, was elected governor of Wyoming in 1922, took office in 1923, and passed away in 1924. A special election was held to choose the new governor, and despite not campaigning, Nellie won handily and served from 1925 to 1927. She was later named Director of the U.S. Mint by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and held that position from 1933 to 1953; she was the first woman to serve in that office as well.

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