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I have a wide variety of United States’ landmarks that I have been neglecting to post about, until now. So here:

MtRushmore

Mt Rushmore, South Dakota, monument to four of our nation’s presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. My mom sent me this postcard during our road trip, which was almost a year ago now. It is more gorgeous in a postcard than in real life, unfortunately.

NM fort mchenry

Next is Fort McHenry, Maryland, the site of the battle in 1814 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the lyrics to our national anthem. This card comes from Erin in France, who was visiting the USA last summer. She writes that Fort McHenry is the first place a new flag design is flown, which I did not know. However, I don’t think our flag has changed since Hawai’i joined the union fifty years ago.

NP congaree

Most recently, I received this card of Congaree National Park in South Carolina. This park is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and the sender, Michael, included a special stamp of the celebration on the back. Congaree park protects the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the USA. The trees are some of the tallest in the Eastern United States.

UNESCO great smoky mtns

Last but not least, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers parts of Tennessee and North Carolina. The park was dedicated in 1940. The Great Smoky Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountains that run most of the length of the Eastern United States, from Maine to Georgia. The sender of this card, meand3boys, writes of watching the beautiful smoky fog rolling in over the mountains. The park also hosts a diverse range of animals and trees, and receives more rainfall than anywhere else in the States, except the Pacific Northwest.

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