Day 241 8/9/16
WILD PRAIRIE ROSE
The Wild Prairie Rose become North Dakotas official state flower in 1907. While this flower is native to a large area of North America, it grows like wildfire across all of North Dakota.
Day 242 8/9/16
The Sunflower is the only flower with flower in its name. The oil in a sunflower is rich in calcium, iron, and contains vitamin A and D.
Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants. They can grow 8 to 12 feet within six months. The tallest sunflower was 25 feet 5-1/2 inches and was grown by M Heijims in Oirschot, Netherlands in 1986.
Day 243 8/7/16
Goldenrod is the state flower of Alabama, Kentucky, and Nebraska.
Goldenrod produces a latexy sap which was once considered a possible source of rubber. In the early 1900s Thomas Edison developed a goldenrod plant that grew 12 feet tall and had up to 12% rubber content. However, other sources for rubber won out the day.
Henry Ford even presented Edison with a Model T which had tires made from goldenrod rubber.
Day 244 8/9/16
The Magnolia Flower has been Mississippi’s State Flower since 1952.
Magnolia flowers do not produce true nectar. Instead, they produce large quantities of pollen. The flower is typically pollinated by beetles. The pollen is high in protein and the beetles use it for food.
“UNSINKABLE” MOLLY BROWN HOUSE
On Saturday, we checked out the Molly Brown House cultural pass from our local library. The cultural passes are a new item carried by our library and this was the first time we have been able to use it.
Molly Brown is famous for surviving the Titanic. Her and her husband J.J. Brown made it big in the Leadville Colorado mines. Eventually they moved to Denver and Molly enjoyed the society life, but also was a very generous and charitable person. She even raised money for the widows who survived the Titanic (husbands lost, they had no income and didn’t speak English).
I thought early morning Saturday would be a good time to visit a museum in order to avoid the crowds in Denver….. I was wrong. By the time the Molly brown house was open, there was a long line of patrons. Luckily, we had to circle the block a few times to find a parking spot. By the time we found one, the first group of museum attendees had entered into the house.
Tours at the house are given every 30 minutes. We made it to the 11am tour.
Our tour guide opened the tour by saying, “I am not sure where Molly Brown came from. Margaret never went by Molly in her entire life. She just went by Margaret Brown.”
The house was built in 1880 and purchased by the Browns in 1894 for $30,000 (equivalent to $900,000 today). At the time the house was considered an upper middle class home.
From the outside, the house seemed large. Once inside, the house began to shrink. It has been separated into so many room that each individual room feels small.
After Molly’s death in 1932, the house had several more owners. It continued to deteriorate until it was scheduled for demolition in 1970. A group of concerned citizens formed Historic Denver, Inc. They raised funds for the house to be restored to its former glory. Historic Denver, Inc was able to purchase the house for $8,000 and restore it using architectural research, paint chip analysis, and photos taken from 1910 as a guideline.