4-Jul-2021 Sunday Burlington IA (~UMR mile 402) to Le Claire, Iowa (~UMR mile 498) (87.5 nautical miles 100.7 statute miles)
Elevation: 57 feet Elevation change: 55 feet
States (2): Illinois, Iowa
Lock 18 – mile 410, Gladstone, IL and Burlington, IA
Lock 17 – mile 347, New Boston, IL
Lock 16 – mile 457, Muscatine, IA
Lock 15 – mile 483, Rock Island, IL and Davenport, IA
Destination Mississippi River Statute Mile 830
Remaining Statute Miles: 332
Remaining number of Locks: 14
Happy 4th of July
I took the holiday off.
The Declare Independence wasn’t signed on the 4th of July 1776
The official Declare Independence vote actually took place two days before on July 2 and the “Declaration” was published in papers on July 4.
Only two men Signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, Charles Thompson and the infamous John. The other 54 delegates signed over the course of the next month.
The Declaration of Independence was written on a laptop
… Okay, not a modern laptop, but still. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a writing desk that could fit over one’s lap. This device was referred to at the time as a “laptop.”
Three presidents have died, and one was born in the Forth of July.
Thomas Jefferson, 82, and John Adams, 90, both died on July 4, 1826 within five hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. James Monroe, the nation’s fifth president, died just a few years later on July 4, 1831.
The country’s 30th Commander-in-Chief, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872.
Drolleries and Yuks
Why doesn’t fire get to enjoy a day off on the Fourth of July?
~ Because fire works.
What did the little firecracker say to the bigger firecracker?
How did one flag greet another flag?
How come there aren’t any knock-knock jokes about America?
~Because freedom rings.
What did the colonists wear to the Boston Tea Party?
What do you call an American revolutionary who draws cartoons?
~A Yankee Doodler.
Which colonists told the most jokes?