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The Chronicles of Grant County

This column will feature items that relate somehow to Grant County - the name of a street in the case of the first one, and maybe other streets, or the name of a building or whatever catches the fancy of the contributor, Richard Donough. Readers are encouraged to send him topics of interest to them, so he can do the research and write an article.

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roadrunner rail runner express steve glischinski july 23 2018 flickr 65 photo one"A thunderstorm is rumbling over the mountains in the distance as a New Mexico Rail Runner commuter train heads south, north of Albuquerque," stated Steve Glischinski. See the next photo to view Mother Nature in action. (The photograph was provided courtesy of Steve Glischinski through Flickr, July 23, 2018.)

Roadrunners are not only speedy critters throughout much of New Mexico. The state bird of New Mexico can also be seen in a public transit system. The Roadrunner is utilized in the name and signage for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express passenger rail service.

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Roadrunners

roadrunners a j brittain flickr june 17 2017 65A momma Roadrunner feeding her child. (The photograph was provided courtesy of A J Brittain, June 17, 2017.)

The Roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico. Actually, it is the Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) that is officially the state bird. The New Mexico Legislature named the Greater Roadrunner as the official state bird on March 16, 1949.

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silver city idaho 1975 idaho hotel 50A view of Silver City, Idaho, in 1975. (The photograph was provided courtesy of the Idaho Hotel, 1975.)Silver City in New Mexico is similar, yet different, from a community with the same name in Idaho. Today, tourists visit both Silver Cities. Historic districts in both locales are included in the National Register of Historic Places. Each community was founded in the latter half of the 19th century. Both owed their development to mining operations. The Florida Mountains are near Silver City, New Mexico; Florida Mountain is located near Silver City, Idaho.

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idaho welcome to idaho sign pend oreille scenic byway near sandpoint visit idaho idaho department of commerce tourism development 65A "Welcome to Idaho" sign is located along the Pend Oreille Scenic Byway, near Sandpoint, Idaho. (The photograph was provided courtesy of the Idaho Department of Commerce – Tourism Development.)

Last week, we highlighted some aspects of the State of Idaho, the source of the name for Idaho Street in Silver City. In this edition of The Chronicles Of Grant County, we provide additional details about this name – a name that the U S Congress almost used to designate what is now the State of Colorado. Instead, in 1861, Congress decided that the name was not appropriate for the name of a new territory. Leaders had found out that what they had been told – that "Idaho" was a name used by Native Americans to mean "Gem of the Mountains" – was not true.

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Idaho Street – Part One

idaho a scenic mountain view outside of salmon visit idaho idaho department of commerce tourism development 65A scenic, mountain view outside of Salmon, Idaho. (The photograph was provided courtesy of the Idaho Department of Commerce – Tourism Development.)

Idaho Street is a small roadway in Silver City. It gets its name from the State of Idaho.

Some basics about this northwestern state: If you enjoy eating wild huckleberries and cutthroat trout after square dancing, you might be celebrating Idaho's state fruit, state fish, and state dance. The population of Idaho is less than that of New Mexico. The tenth largest city in Idaho, Post Falls, has about the same number of residents as does Grant County.

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ark encounter olinej pixabay july 7 2016 65Ark Encounter, a re-creation of Noah's Ark, is located in Grant County, Kentucky. (The photograph was provided courtesy of OlinEJ through Pixabay, July of 2016.)

Kentucky Street in Silver City gets its name from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

That commonwealth has its own "Grant County," located in northern Kentucky one county away from the border with Indiana. Geographically, this Grant County is located between Cincinnati, Louisville, and Lexington.

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Silver City – Education About China – Part Five

uyghurs pompeo state department michael gross march 27 2019 two 65Mr. Michael Pompeo, pictured to the right, the Secretary of State of the United States of America, is seen here meeting with a representatives of the Uyghur Community at the U S Department of State in Washington, District of Columbia, on March 27, 2019. (This photograph was produced by Michael Gross and was provided courtesy of the U S Department of State, 2019.)

The Secretary of State of the United States of America, Michael Pompeo, was called "a brazen liar" by Zhao Lijian, Deputy Director of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information Department, on July 1, 2020. This, according to a transcript of a news conference issued by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the State of Qatar.

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Silver City – Education About China – Part Four

free the uyghurs the white house mike benedetti flickr january 26 2009 65Protesters were seen in front of The White House in Washington, District of Columbia, on January 26, 2009. (This photograph was provided courtesy of Mike Benedetti, 2009.)

Notwithstanding the temporary closure of houses of worship because of the Pandemic of 2020, most people in Silver City and Grant County would find it offensive to think that they would be prohibited from exercising their religious beliefs – or that others within the community were denied the right to exercise their religious beliefs. Yet, in China, such policies effectively control the lives of the Chinese people.

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