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Friday, March 4, 2011

If I were choosing the relics... (Part 4 of 5)

Continuing with the relic card treatment, here are ten more states and their pairings:

NEW MEXICO - With the largest Native American population in the contiguous 48 states, we'll honor them with a relic for this state - arrowheads. Sure, it's somewhat stereotyped, but they're readily available and including them won't damage cultural landmarks

NEW YORK - If a piece of the Statue of Liberty is available (I know they replace some of the metalwork occasionally) that would be an awesome inclusion. If not that, a piece of wood from the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster.

NORTH CAROLINA - Tobacco drives the North Carolina economy and history, although it has a very strong medical tech industry now. A tobacco leaf will be inserted in every card.

NORTH DAKOTA - While I've already included several of North Dakota's crops in with other states (barley, wheat), we can still include sunflower seeds (53% of the US sunflower seed crop comes from this state).

OHIO - In honor of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a piece of guitar from someone famous. Like Justin Bieber. Just kidding. About the Bieber thing. And I had to look up how to spell his name properly.

OKLAHOMA - Route 66 got its start here, between Amarillo, Texas, and Tulsa. So a piece of a Route 66 sign will be included on each card.

OREGON - Among other things, Oregon is a lumber state. Each card will receive a slice of a tree (bat barrel style, showing off the tree rings and bark).

PENNSYLVANIA - Crayola is based in Easton, so each card gets its own crayon! Other thoughts included a thin slice of steel I-beam for Pittsburgh, or a piece of a historical American document from Pennsylvania's contributions to the founding of America.

RHODE ISLAND - The Rhode Island Red gets recognition with a rooster feather.

SOUTH CAROLINA - In recognition of the state's importance in the civil war - it was the first state to secede from the union and the location of the first shots in the war - each card will contain an actual bullet from the war.

The last installment comes tomorrow!

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