United States Trivia and History Quiz Answers Part 2

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16. Mt. McKinley, Alaska, 20,320 ft.

17. The highest surface wind-speed ever recorded in the U.S. was measured atop Mt. Washington, N.H. It reached 231 mph there on Apr. 12, 1934.

18. The original Mason-Dixon line was a 244-mi. boundary line set between Pennsylvania and Maryland in 1763-1767 by English astronomers and surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon. Seventeen years later it was extended to include the southern boundary of Pennsylvania with Virginia (now West Virginia).

19. Not in the West, as one would expect, but in Westchester County, N.Y. During the Revolution, Tory marauders were dubbed "cow-boys" because "they went around in the bushes armed with guns and tinkling a cowbell so as to beguile the patriots into the bush hunting for cows."

20. The two farthest points in the U.S. are Cape Flattery, Wash., and an uninhabited point on the south Florida coast below Miami. These two points are 3,835 mi. apart.

21. The Collegiate College of America, incorporated in 1701, is today known as Yale.

22. New York, with 137.05 mi. of routes. San Francisco is second with 19.3 mi. ahead of Philadelphia, which has 19.2 mi., and Chicago, which has 10.6 mi.

23. Delaware (for the British governor of Virginia, Thomas West, Baron De La Warr); Georgia (for George II of England); Louisiana (for Louis XIV of France); New York (for England's James, Duke of York and Albany); North and South Carolina (for England's Charles I); Pennsylvania (for Admiral Sir William Penn, the father of William Penn); and Washington (for George Washington).

24. Maryland, for Henrietta Maria, wife of England's Charles I; Virginia, named after England's Queen Elizabeth, "the Virgin Queen"; and West Virginia, also honoring Queen Elizabeth.

25. The highest peak east of the Rockies is not Harney Peak in South Dakota--7,242 ft. above sea level--because that is in the Black Hills, which are considered part of the Rocky Mountains. The highest mountain east of the Rockies is Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina, 6,684 ft. above sea level. It was named after a University of North Carolina geologist, Prof. Elisha Mitchell, the first to climb the peak, in 1835. When Mitchell made his fourth climb of the peak 22 years later, he stumbled over a cliff and plummeted to his death in the pool of a waterfall. His ashes were buried on top of the mountain.

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