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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

[CLOSED] Welcome to Beaumont, Texas! + Aurifil Giveaway

Quilt block and giveaway are at the bottom of this post!

Hi! Welcome to my stop for the Deep in the Heart of Texas Road Trip Quilt Along! This quilt along is organized by Melissa at My Fabric Relish and Cristina at Pretty Little Quilts.

I live in the suburbs of Houston now, but I grew up a couple of hours to the east in Beaumont, TX. Most of my major life events happened there: birth, starting school, college, meeting my husband, marriage and my first graphic design job. While I absolutely love where I live now,  Beaumont will always have a special place in my heart!


The most important day in Beaumont's history was January 10, 1901, when the Lucas Gusher on Spindletop Hill exploded and shot oil hundreds of feet into the air. It became the first major oil field and one of the largest in American history. If you visit the Southeast Texas area, you will see many references to Spindletop and many artistic renderings of oil derricks! When I was in high school, an oil derrick model was a big part of the dance team's football game routine.

Because of its proximity to Louisiana and the jobs created by the oil boom, there is also a major Cajun/Louisiana Creole influence in the area.



Sew What BerninaThe Fabric Store (Nederland), Sew Much More (Nederland) and Sew-N-Sew's  (Port Arthur) are some quilt shops in the area. The Golden Triangle Quilt Guild meets in Beaumont.

The Designer Fabric Boutique recently opened. It is a small fabric store that sells modern fabric. I am sure y'all can imagine my face when I walked into a room filled of Echino, Melody Miller, Heather Ross and Amy Butler fabric! I definitely recommend stopping by if you are ever driving through the area.




  • Gator Country - If you have seen Gator 911, you might be familiar with this place! It is an alligator wildlife park and rescue. Gator Country offers the following activities: alligator feedings, taking pictures with reptiles, holding small reptiles, swimming with gators and more! It is home to "Big Al," the largest alligator in captivity in Texas. I have never been brave enough to visit!
  • The Fire Museum of Texas -  This is the official fire museum of Texas. It is really neat to walk through and see how much technology has changed over time. They also offer safety activities for kids. If you are into roadside attractions, this is the location of 24 foot tall fire hydrant with a unique paint job. It used to be the worlds largest fire hydrant, but it has since been rebranded to the world's largest working fire hydrant. :)
  • Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum - Features a replica of the Lucas Gusher. They do reenactments (with water)!
  • Texas Energy Museum - This is a really nice museum with many interactive exhibits. The focus is definitely mainly on oil. My favorite part is the creepy talking mannequins.
Other Places of Interest:
St. Anthony Cathedral BasilicaThomas Edison Museum | Art Museum of Southeast Texas | Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum | Clifton Steamboat Museum | Mcfaddin Ward House Museum | Shangri La Botanical Gardens (Orange) |  Beaumont Botanical Gardens | Museum of the Gulf Coast (Port Arthur) | Lamar University | Crockett Street | The Art Studio | Beaumont Farmers Market. I also recommend a trip to Rao's Bakery and Hamburger Depot! :D


  • Beaumont is the twenty-fourth most populous city in the state of Texas and the state's largest city east of Houston.
  • The Port of Beaumont fourth busiest port in the United States It is also the busiest military port in the U.S. and the second busiest military port in the world.
  • Jason's Deli and Conn's were founded in Beaumont. Jason's Deli is still headquartered there and Conn's was headquartered there until recently.
  • People with ties to the area:  Janis Joplin (Port Arthur), Babe Didrikson Zaharias,  George Jones (Vidor), Robert Rauschenberg (Port Arthur), The Big Bopper and Keith Carter. (I was lucky enough to take a photography class from Keith when I was at Lamar. It was awesome!)


 The area between Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange is often referred to as "The Golden Triangle." "Golden" refers to the wealth that the Spindletop oil strike brought to the area and "Triangle" refers to the triangle formed by the three cities on the map.

After clicking the download link, just click the downward facing arrow in the upper left hand corner to download. I recommend downloading the PDF and then printing from Adobe Reader. Print with no scaling. The blocks are 6.5 inches unfinished.

Golden Triangle Block Download
(Block pictured above on the left. I paper-pieced this block, but I included the template document in case you prefer to piece that way.)
Paper-Piecing Pattern | Templates 

And because I went a little overboard:

Golden Triangle Bonus Block - involves Y-Seam (Block pictured above on the right)

EXTRA Bonus Block! 

Do not hesitate to email me if you have any problems or suggestions! For information on paper-piecing, Katy at The Littlest Thistle has an awesome series. If you need any help with y-seams, Charise Creates has a short, wonderful tutorial. I definitely needed a refresher course on that skill. I made three blocks before I finally got the bonus block right!


Giveaway is closed. Aurifil has generously offered a pack of designer thread (type will vary, picture for illustration purposes only), a sample pack of thread and an Aurifil color chart to one lucky commenter! To enter, just follow the directions below.



HOW TO ENTER:
I told you about my hometown and now I want to hear about yours! Leave one comment telling me something fun or unique about your hometown, state or country!


Be sure to visit more stops during the quilt along for more chances to win!



>>>The winner is commenter #9! Congratulations Allison! <<<

Fine print: This giveaway will close July 15, 2014 at 8pm CST. The winner will be chosen using random.org. I will be contacting the winner by email. If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please be sure to include your email address in your comment so that I am able to contact you if you win. Entries without an email address will be disqualified. The winner must respond within five days of the end of the contest. If the winner does not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.



I hope you are able to visit some of the other stops, which I have listed at this link. There have been many wonderful block designs! Teresa at Third Floor Quilts posted her block on Monday and Amanda at What the Bobbin is next on July 14! You can also check out everyone's quilt progress at the Flickr page

Thank you to Melissa and Cristina for having me on the "trip"! Thank you for stopping by!

Beaumont images are from the Beaumont CVB's Pinterest page. If you ever visit Southeast Texas or are just driving through, the Beaumont CVB's web page is an excellent resource.

84 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Beth said... #

My hometown is Huntington Beach, CA, home of the U.S. Open of Surfing. A fun place to grow up.

Erin McSweeney said... #

I'm from Mississauga, where we have the longest running re-elected mayor I believe in the world.
erin2470@hotmail.com

Mara said... #

My now "hometown" is Kalampaka Greece, we are on the World Heritage Sight and the monks in the olden days built monasteries on the top of rocks.

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said... #

My hometown had 7500 residents when I lived there. My primary school was shaped like an H - that always made me happy thinking about that!!!

Lisa Marie said... #

I grew up near Pittsburgh, PA. The city has 3 rivers, 445 bridges and 2 working inclines (funiculars).

Emily C said... #

I live near Gettysburg, home of Lincoln's famous speech.

sofen said... #

I live in T√łnsberg! The oldest town in Norway! Yay!!

jachelno at gmail dot com

aus_chick said... #

My hometown is Lauderdale, Tasmania in Australia! I grew up right on the beach. When I show people photos, they always ask why I moved to Virginia, (US)!!

Allison C said... #

I live outside of Boston and there are a lot of "firsts" in Boston, but you probably know most of those. Did you know that The largest art theft in history took place in Boston on March 18, 1990. There were 12 paintings worth a total of $500 million which were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum by two thieves posing as police officers.

delaineelliott said... #

My home town is Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, which is known for it's many festivals. The main one is Klondike Days which happens every July. Lots of fun. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Izzy said... #

My home town is Montreal, Canada and it's often referred to as the Paris of North America! :-). Lots of history, great food, great night life and a population that speaks both english and French!

Sherry VF said... #

I'm from Des Moines, Iowa. Here are two facts about the city:
Des Moines is the 3rd largest insurance capital of the world, following London and Hartford, Connecticut.
The infamous bat bite that Ozzy Osbourne took, happened during his concert in Des Moines in 1982.

Sherry VF said... #

Oops, here's my contact info. for commentor #12 svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

allison pogany said... #

I grew up in Baldwin, NY. In May 1910, two blocks from the house I grew up in, the first all-American monoplane was designed, built, and successfully flown by brothers Arthur and Albert Heinrich.
allisonpogany@gmail.com

Maureen said... #

Three Lakes, Wisconsin, voted Single Best Town in 2010,
and located along the largest chain of fresh water lakes in the world.

GO STARS! said... #

I grew up in Gainesville, Texas. It was voted The Most Patriotic Town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today Best of the Road contest. It is a Medal of Honor city. They truly support the USA.

Katie D said... #

My hometown is in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania was settled by William Penn, a Quaker, and it means "Penn's Woods".

Nupur said... #

My hometown where I grew up is a small town in Western India- a temple town, because it grew around a big temple. It is known for spicy garlicky food, leather slippers and jaggery (unrefined sugar)!

carolee cucinella said... #

My hometown is Titusville, PA. Home of the first oil well!

Donna W said... #

I call Baraboo, Wisconsin my hometown since I have lived there for the last 37 years. Baraboo is the hometown of the Ringling Brothers. It was their headquarters and their "wintering" spot. Now Baraboo is the home of the Circus World Museum, which houses a history of the circus. Plus, it has a daily circus performance during the summer. A fun place to visit.

Shannon said... #

My hometown is Ruidoso, New Mexico. It has all sorts of fun things- the Old Mill where Billy The Kid hid out from the law in the 1880s, the Ruidoso Downs (home of the richest quarter horse race), but my favorite is the mountains- fabulous hiking all spring and summer, and skiing in the winter. yummy!

Lee Ann L. said... #

My current hometown is La Vernia, Texas. La Vernia means "green oaks" in Spanish vernacular. it was established around 1859.

Linda E in AZ said... #

I live in Sierra Vista, AZ, also known as the "hummingbird capitol" of the U.S. We are in the very SE corner of AZ, 13 miles from Mexico, and we have birds fly in from Mexico and Central America that don't come any further into the U.S. Our county has recorded 16 different kinds of hummingbirds, big birding area.
thanks!

cjmont said... #

my home town is odessa home of the jackelope and friday night lights

Natalie F said... #

My hometown has only a population of 1,000 people. bluefin711(at)yahoo(dot)com

Michelle Olsen Sasak said... #

My hometown is Edgewood, WA, and my grandpa, who was a wood carver, carved a totem pole for the town's park and also a sign for the park. He passed away in 1991, but his work still stands there today (:

Shauna said... #

Hi, I was born in Denton, TX which is the home of two Universities, University of North Texas and Texas Women's University. But I was raise in Lewisville, the home of the Fighting Farmers. Both are great towns

MMK said... #

My home town is Owensboro, Ky. It it the third largest city in KY, but most people have not heard of it. It sits on the Ohio River between Louisville, the largest city, and Paducah - we all know that city with its quilt museum and big quilting show every spring! Owensboro is famous for its BBQ mutton! Can't find it anywhere else in the US- it is delicious!

Weatherbee ;) said... #

I live just outside of Seattle, WA. It is a very diverse and interesting place.

I especially love that you can drive an hour in any direction, and reach the ocean, mountains, the country and tons and tons of lakes. It is bursting with color, and has always seemed like it has the best of everything.

Thanks for sharing your community, and your awesome giveaway!

Anya said... #

My hometown now is Wellsboro, PA -- home of the PA Grand Canyon! Thanks for the chance!

GranChris said... #

Right now I live in Shelby, NC. We are a small community but we have the Earl Scruggs Museum so stop by and see us if you are ever close to town.

barbara woods said... #

Howard Finister , the folk artist lived here in n. west ga.

Crafty Coffin said... #

My current home, Frederick MD, was the home of Francis Scott Key, author of the Star-spangled banner!

Nancy said... #

My home town is Portland, OR. There are many interesting facts about Portland. It is the only major US city with a dormant volcano within the city limits. I live near it and hope it never wakes up. Portland has the largest wilderness park within the city limits. Forest Park has 5,000 square acres. Then there are the strange facts - the annual World Largest Naked Bike ride with has had 13,000 riders in attendance. Not always a pretty sight.

Emily said... #

Thanks for the history! I'm originally from Taylorville, IL pop 12000 that claims to be the Christmas Capitol of the world, but only recently strung Christmas lights up around the town square.

DebraKay Neiman said... #

We lived 30 years in New Llano, Louisiana. Community began as a commune. Originally Stables, Louisiana, the town was renamed when 200 members of the Socialist commune Llano Del Rio Cooperative Colony in California relocated to this site in 1917, giving the town its present name. It continued to function as a socialist commune with citizens pooling and sharing resources and wealth until 1939. The commune failed when the majority of the members became too old to contribute. "They ran out of someone else's money" or ability to work to support the community.

Alexandra Stapleton said... #

I live in wormleighton England home of princess Diana's family in the 1600's until they were forced out in the civil war, I live in what is left of their home back then

BillieBee (billiemick) said... #

I was born in San Antonio, Texas.....still go back to enjoy the River Walk and puffy Taco's at La Cazadora on West Ave....yum

Anonymous said... #

My live in St. Louis, Mo. we have the beautiful Arch on our waterfront and known as the "gateway to the west". It is a beautiful city with so many attractions. Our zoo is fabulous, we have the Muny, Union Station and so many other attractions. To all the sports fans, we have the best baseball team of all - the St. Louis Cardinals.

connie b
cbquilts345@yahoo.com

Afquilt said... #

I am in a small town of only a few thousand people. More corn here than people!

CarolAnn said... #

My hometown is Bakersfield, CA. We have had a recent job transfer to Sacramento, CA. The things I miss in my hometown are Dewar's Ice Cream, Woolgrowers Basque Restaurant, The Melodrama, Sequoia Sandwich, Sweet Surrender, high school baseball games and most of all Strawberry Patches (I really really miss this quilt shop) http://www.strawberry-patches.com/

kamiafive said... #

I am from Romeoville, IL. It is about 30 miles outside of Chicago. When I started school in the early 60s they had one of only 3 programs in the USA for Autistic children. Today they still have one of the best programs for any and all kinds of handicapped students. kamiafive@yahoo.com

Gail said... #

Born in Seattle, Washington, home of the always fun Space Needle!

MamaLovesFabric said... #

I am a TX girl living in OK. I tell everyone OK is my home town but TX is my country. Thanks for the entry!

Allison said... #

My hometown is Houston, Texas, but now I live in the Pineywoods, just up from Beaumont in Lufkin. I like Beaumont. The downtown area is nice AND the best place to buy fresh fish there is Seafood Lover on Calder!

Kelly Wilson said... #

I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Home of Harley Davidson for over 100 years.
Thanks for the town tour! notwendy gmail

Kim said... #

I live in beautiful San Diego CA. There's always the beach, amusements parks, famed Balboa Park and so many fun things to see and do year round.

Peggy said... #

Pensacola, Florida has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world - lots of fun in the sun.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Cherib104 said... #

I was born in Houston, but had grandparents that lived near Beaumont. It was a little town named Thicket, and at the time had a population sign showing a total of 13.

AmandaK@whatthebobbin said... #

I'm from Austin, and we like to keep it weird here. :)

Ali said... #

Well my hometown is Seattle, WA, and most people seem to know just as much about it as I do - but we have amazingly incredible plum trees. I'm sure other places have decent plum trees but as I just spent the week eating the best plums ever right off a tree, I'm pretty sure we are winners in this category!

Jo said... #

My home town is New London Connecticut The United States Coast Guard Academy is located here

PK Sews said... #

Thanks for sharing the history of Beaumont! What fun reading! I'm originally from Winona, MN, on the Mississippi River and home of Watkins products. Thanks for this giveaway and for your inspiring blog!

Mel said... #

Hehe. I'm from.Houston originally. :) Alvin/Pearland/Sugarland to be exact.I was raised between Houston and Atlanta pretty much through my childhood.

I've lived in 12 states all over the southeast, California, and now Michigan. I call Michigan my home. It's where my husband is from and where I left the sunny shores.of Hilton Head to marry him. :) I've always had a bit.if wanderlust, moving every year just as we did when I was growing up. So this 6 years if the longest I've ever lived in one state since I was young, much less one house.

We enjoy spending.weekends at local museums and Lake Michigan. Because it wouldn't be home for me without sand and water. :)

Featheredruffles@gmail.com

Quilting Momma said... #

My hometown is Calgary, Alberta Canada -- home of the largest outdoor rodeo -- The Calgary Stampede -- which is on right now! Yahoo! Thanks for your giveaway and sharing your part of the world! I love the fire hydrant!

Karrie S said... #

My hometown is Belleville, Michigan. It's between Ann Arbor and Romulus (where Metro Detroit Air Port is). I guess the most unique thing is the city of Belleville is very small compared to the area that Belleville actually is. The "city" is main street and 2,3,4th streets and is on the lake. The lake is man-made and is a part of the long flowing Huron River. The zip code is 48111, but Belleville has Van Buren Township, the "city" of Belleville-which is fairly small, and Sumpter Township which is south of the rail road tracks. It's a headache to explain to people that aren't familiar with it, and it's hard to understand for some people :)

The most exciting thing that happens is the Strawberry Festival in June. But I don't like anyone I went to high school with so I don't go. Also the last few years, the "city" people's yards get trashed because people don't use the sidewalks and cut through the yards, and a few year ago a few kids brought guns and had a shoot out. The city next to us is Ypsilanti. A lot of people migrate there from Detroit, so there's a lot of violence there. Belleville is still a nice town, but the people have changed a lot in the past 15 years. The kids are a lot more violent than when I was in high school 15 years ago. It's still a pretty town, but the schools are open to whoever wants to come there no matter where they live. My daughter graduated this year, so it doesn't affect us that much anymore. I wouldn't go in the lake if someone paid me. I probably wouldn't go in the Great Lakes either. They are infested with some weird zebra mussel and they are killing all the natural living things in the lake. They creep me out so bad!

My LQS is Pink Castle Fabrics which opened last summer in Ann Arbor!!! It's about 17 minutes from my house, where the others are more towards Detroit and 30 minutes away. I was super excited when they opened. My town isn't special, but I love Ann Arbor and I actually love the city of Detroit, even though it looks like it leads to the pit of Hell. There's a TON of great hospitals around this area including the University of MI hospital, St Joe's in Ann Arbor (I used to work there as a nurse), and the DMC and Henry Ford Hospital down town (where my sister had her treatment for cervical cancer). It's supposed to be in the top ten for cancer. Plus there is Beaumont and a few other "brands" of Hospitals. Detroit Receiving Hospital is The Best hospital in the States for gunshot wounds.

I like my house and my neighbors a lot. I don't have problems with any kids directly, but read about it in the paper. Detroit is what makes me sad, because there is so much nonsense of violence, it really is starting to bring me down. It's weird that you can live so close (40 minutes away) to such decay, but it doesn't really effect you on a daily basis. On the other hand, Ann Arbor is such an awesome and diverse city! They have a hands on museum for kids that is super fun, a ton of parks, and "downtown" Ann Arbor where the college is. There's some fun shops and some really good restaurants. We have a Walmart and Meijer's, but we go to the Ypsi/Ann Arbor area for Target and stores like Old Navy and Joann's. Compared to some rural areas, I guess I shouldn't complain. My city is uber boring, but at least fun is only 15 minutes away. I have lived in the "city" of Belleville until I was 5, then moved to Sumpter township and lived in the same house from 8-21 on a dirt road. Then I moved not even 2 miles away from that house onto a paved road, so I have lived in the same spot for almost 25 years! Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway! It was really neat to read your post and the comments :) I would love to move away, and think I wouldn't miss it, but I probably would. I love my actual house and yard.

-karrie
ksmith8@emich.edu

Gill said... #

My hometown is Gloucester UK - we have a beautiful cathedral (parts of the Harry Potter films were made here ) and historic docks

JOYCE CROSBY said... #

My hometown is Lincoln, IL. Christened by honest Abe, this was of course before he was president.

Fran said... #

My home town is Sydney Australia, it is a great place to live, the harbour is beautiful & the Opera House is really spectacular. I live in a beachside suburb & love the relaxed lifestyle. Thanks for the chance to win.

frannyharrington (at) gmail (dot) com

pippirose said... #

My hometown is Thunder Bay, in NW Ontario. Wild and rugged, the landscape is breathtaking. It's situated on Lake Superior, and has the Sleeping Giant peninsula in view.

sandyandcosmo said... #

My hometown is Chippewa Lake, Ohio. Our village is located on the eastern side of the largest natural inland lake in Ohio and we have the most beautiful sunsets!

Melanie said... #

My hometown is Fort Worth, home to Billy Bobs, the worlds largest honky tonk :(

Kat said... #

I am from Northeast Texas (the town is small enough that I don't want to announce it on the internet.) My tiny town was once a major source of lignite coal, used during the wars. If not ever exactly booming, there used to at least be a few thousand people living here :)

Rosa said... #

I love paper piecing pattern and those blocks look fabulous,thanks for the pattern!!
From Murcia,Spain.Here are fabulous furnitures, vegetables,wine,olive oil and warm and sunny days almost all the year!

Grandma Helen said... #

I grew up in LaCrosse KS - pop. 2000 at that time. I could never go back because there is no JoAnns within 125 miles - primitive. LOL

Sarah said... #

I have lived a rather nomadic lifestyle so I don't have only one home town... let's see, one of them is Sendai, Japan which had the tsunami.

Teresa Stanulis said... #

I've lived in Flower Mound, Texas for nearly 27 years. The town is named for a hill (right behind my neighborhood) that is covered in wild flowers in the spring. The first few years we lived here, the fire department burned the hill grasses each year to promote the prairie flowers. The area is too populated to do that now, but there are still flowers that bloom in the spring.
tstanulis@verizon.net

The Rx quilter said... #

Not sure if my first comment took?? I live in Boerne, minutes from SA and 45 minutes from tubing the Comal. Lisa in Texas aka RxQuilter

Linda said... #

HELLO from Montana the beautiful Rocky Mountain State+gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Geysers and Grizzlies ! Loved your post+the great giveaway! Thank You for sharing!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Tabitha Keener said... #

I'm from Dayton, Ohio and we have quite a few historic buildings. We are also the birthplace of the Wright brothers and aviation. Thanks for the giveaway.

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

Bethany said... #

I grew up in Dexter, Michigan. It is a small farm town, but something that I found very interesting is that Gordon Hall (a historic building in Dexter) housed slaves traveling through the Underground Railroad! Another fact is that we had an EF3 tornado come through our town in 2012 and it caused a lot of damage, but fortunately no one was injured!

valerie boudier said... #

I was born in Enfield, Middx, but went to Auckland, New Zealand when I was 8 and was brought up there. Auckland is the largest city in N.Z.. Now live in Penarth, South Wales. valerie.boudier@ntlworld.com

Lori said... #

This looks like such a wonderful place to visit. Will have to put this down as someplace to visit for sure. My home town was Apple Valley, CA It was where Roy Rogers lived with family and his horse Trigger. My mom would go to the local hair dressers and she and Mrs Rogers became friends. When Trigger died, Roy Rogers built a museum there that housed Trigger and a lot of things from the movies and his life. Later the museum moved to Branson, MI where one of Roy's sons worked in it and on the stage for a while. A number of the men that worked with Roy on his farm where also in the Branson Museum.

Jenelle said... #

Seattle is such a quirky, interesting place to live. I could write lots of fun facts about it, but my favorite localism is to say "Rainier is out today". We basically live in cloud cover a lot of the year, so when it's clear, you can really see all the mountains that surround the city--including giant, volcanic Rainier. Usually Rainier is quite the lurker, ;) but it's been spectacularly visible lately since we've been having really hot, dry weather for the past couple weeks and no clouds.

Jeneta said... #

Perth, Western Australia is about half way around the world from Texas!

Jacklynn said... #

I am from La Crosse, Wisconsin, and we have the World's Largest 6-Pack of Beer at the brewery downtown. Really! http://www.worldslargestthings.com/wisconsin/sixpack.html
Thanks for the give away!

Afton Warrick said... #

My city, Albuquerque, hosts the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta yearly.

Hilary said... #

Wow these blocks are fantastic! I'm not sure if I'll be able to choose just 1 for my quilt.

Melanie said... #

My hometown wasn't too exciting...but we had a drive in movie theater! Loved it!

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said... #

Enjoyed your information about Beaumont. I am (partially) from Odessa and Houston. Born near Cincinnati, grew up in California and Ohio but wish I could go back to Texas! Odessa has the world's largest Jack Rabbit.. on display at the School District Admin building...if it is still there! Was last time I was there..we always drove by to see it! Thanks for the giveaway

Anonymous said... #

My hometown was known for transportation via locks (Lockport), and was a gateway to the western part of the state!

Sharon said... #

I grew up in Hudsonville, MI called "The Salad Bowl City" for all the vegetables that are grown in the rich, dark "muck fields" - radishes, carrots, onions, lettuce, and much more! OH! Those onions smelled STRONG whenever I drove down the road between the fields :) Thanks for the chance to win - Sharon hui smith @ yahoo dot com

Laura MJ said... #

I'm from the heart of Cajun country! I love growing up with the French language, culture, and all of our quirks.

Jonnie (JB) said... #

My hometown is Edmonton, Alberta. It has the highest amount of parkland per capita of any Canadian city

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