Nickname: Mount Rushmore State; Land Area: 75,898 square miles (196,600 square kilometers); Population: 804,194; Capital: Pierre; Largest City: Sioux Falls
I have not been to South Dakota since joining Virtual Tourist. Therefore, I do not have any pictures or tips about this state at this time.
THE EISENHOWER INTERSTATE SYSTEM
The Good Old US of A is known for its open road and huge highway network. These idea od the open road also extends to Canada and Mexico as well. How did it all get started? Or more importantly – why? Believe it of not, it was for Military defence of the USA. The ability to move men, machines and tanks around quickly to protect against armed invasion. I have heard a lot of songs about the open road, but none that mention moving tanks.
The idea of creating this massive road network started in the 1930’s. Later Congress passed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944. It set out to create a massive 40,000 (64,374 km) network of high quality paved roads. As the act says itself, the roads should be "so located, as to connect by routes, direct as practical, the principal metropolitan areas, cities, and industrial centres, to serve the National Defence, and to connect at suitable points, routes of continental importance in the Dominion of Canada and the Republic of Mexico."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower pushed the rapid building of this network after World War II and the road system now bears his name.
By the way there are only 5 State Capitals NOT served by an interstate highway:
Jefferson City, MO
Carson City, NV
Before you say “What about Hawaii?” – they have an interstate. How they can do that on islands in the Pacific Ocean is beyond me.
Tea Time... Go and have a...
Tea Time... Go and have a great tea at the Hotel The Pierre...just below the frescoes...Relax, Enjoy and eat...
It is a room a bit too baroque but what the h...!!!
It is just beautiful.
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Even the heaviest burden becomes lighter when everyone pulls together.
In the aftermath of the September 11 tragedies, Honeywell people around the world proved eager to lend a helping hand. More than 6,500 employees joined together to contribute more than $1 million to the Honeywell September 11th Fund Drive. With a match from the Honeywell Foundation, we donated more than $2 million -- in what the United Way calls one of the most successful individual fundraising drives in history.
A little help for those bearing the heaviest of loads. From the Honeywell family to the victims' families.
Thanks to everyone in Honeywell for pulling together to help the victims and their families following the terrorist attacks in September. More than 6,500 employees gave money, many donated blood, some helped with company-sponsored fund-raising events and others offered prayers and sympathy to the victims and their families. Regardless of what you personally chose to do, I want to thank you for caring. You make me proud to be a Honeywell employee.
Pierre from Honeywell.
Little note to everybody
I want in the meantime to salute everybody who have been impacted by the tragedy, directly or indirectly.
We have all been impacted at least indirectly by these events, either by having lost somebody dear, having lost our job in or outside of a related work field, or just finding ourselves afraid to travel by plane, finding seeds of racism or intolerance in our hearth, looking with incredulity at the newspaper about distant or closer witch hunt taking place.
I wish we can put this behind us as soon as possible (it may not be possible ever) and resume our normal lifes, while not sticking our head in the sand.
VT and VTers, we have this great virtual community that span every part of the world. Yes, once in a while we have a few rubbings or are the VT members more open-minded on average, but as a whole, I believe the sampling of people present here is representative of the world population and at least we can talk to each others despite different origine, race, gender, religion, language, occupation or beer taste.
i am a visitor from china.
i am now in San fransisco.
is there any way to have a visit in quebec finely and economically?
what kind of transportation should i
pickup? is there any train?
if it is flight,where should i go?
any proper hotels?
The best way is finding the cheapest flights to either Montreal or Quebec City. There are probably direct flights to Montreal from San Francisco. While I was in Quebec, there were many charming little hotels and hostels. There are many good posters from Quebec that can help you out on that.
I would definitely fly considering Montreal is on the other side of the country. SFO should have something I would imagine. Air Canada maybe? Good luck. Unless you have a long time to visit the country, I would stay away from the train. It might take almost a week to get to your destination.
Re: Re: quebec
Tons of nice hotels!
Our favrite is Hotel Belley (it's on my page) It's dirt cheap (canadian 50$) but really nice!
I've been there a few time and the thing I like most of it is that it's 2 street corners (short ones) from all the action..but nowhere as expensive as the renowned Chateau Frontenac or the Chateau de Pierre