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Christian Topics / The Ten Commandments of Online Witnessing
« Last post by Lynette on November 03, 2019, 07:32:41 PM »
The Ten Commandments of Online Witnessing
 
Commandment #1
Thou Shalt be Humble.
Upon this one commandment do most (if not all) the other commandments hang. Humility is the key to reaching out to others. If arrogance fuels your witnessing, people take note and very rarely desire to listen to more than two sentences from you. If you are struggling in this area, pray for help. God will listen.

Proverbs 29:23- A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
 
Commandment #2
Thou Shalt Not Pick Fights.
Thou shalt not fight with thy neighbor, nor thy neighbor's friends, nor thy website admins. This one should go without saying, but how often do we find Christians actually trading verbal blows with unbelievers and believers alike! What unChrist-like behavior to exhibit. If you feel the onset of AIMrage, step back and cool it. Go take a shower or have a run though the park. If it feels like people are being more unruly than normal, give the internet a rest for a day and come back to it. Doing nothing at all is better than ruining your Christian testimony online.

Proverbs 15:1- A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
 
Commandment #3
Thou Shalt Listen.
Don't cometh crying to me when people don't want to hear you because you won't heareth them!! You want to make an impact right? Well so does everyone else online (well okay, maybe not everybody). But eveyone at least wants to be heard or they wouldn't be online in the first place. Give them that respect and open your ears and mind to what they say. Many people are driven to the online world because of stress, depression and lonliness. Reach out to them and hear their cries of desperation. When you hear them out they will return the favor in kind.

Proverbs 1:5- A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.
 
Commandment #4
Thou Shalt Use Thy Bible Search Engine With Great Ferver and Dilligence!
How canst thou take on the forces of the Evil One without thy sword? The answer is YOU CAN'T!! The internet has one huge advantage that witnessing in real life will never even come close to comparing to- Bible search websites. Twenty years ago if you were witnessing to a person and they produced a difficult question you had no answer to it might take a week or longer before you could get back to them. Not anymore. Drop the question into Google and have your answer. Type some text into a Bible search engine (like Blueletterbible.org) and have a verse in 5 seconds. What an amazing tool! Don't waste it!

Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
 
Commandment #5
Thou Shalt Avoid Chatroom Arguments
What? Know ye not that nothing is resolved by arguing in chat rooms? Think back for a moment. Was there ever a time you were in a chat room and were just hit with an amazing spiritual epiphany? No? Me neither. Why's that? Because there are 20 other people in there talking which distracts you and whoever you're talking to from getting the message. Chat rooms should primarily be used for one purpose in regards to witnessing- meeting people to talk to one on one. Which is the more ideal witnessing situation- on a loud, profane, crowded bus, or in the quiet of someone's living room? The same principle applies here. Leave the witnessing for instant message and watch your results change drastically.

Acts 8:31- And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
 
Commandment #6
Thou Shalt Begin With the Gospel Always
Remember that it is not by thy strength thou doest what thou doest. The Holy Spirit is the person that does the work of bringing people to an understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He's going to have a time of it if you're always butting in with different doctrines/beliefs/religious discussions. From the outset, your best bet is to present the word of God and see how it registers with the person. The Bible is the most powerful tool to use with unbelievers because it can say so much more than you or I can. It is the water of life, and people are thirsting. Keep the Romans Road and other great verses handy at all times (even memorize them if you can).

1 Corinthians 1:17- For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
 
Commandment #7
Thou Shalt Not Ignore Questions
Wouldst thou like to be brushed off? In Commandment #6 we realized that our first approach should be the gospel, but what if people have reservations due to skepticism in matters of the Bible, theism or any other aspect of Christianity? Answer their question if you are able. That is what Pre-Evangelism is all about: breaking down all the barriers that prevent the person from accepting Christ. Start out with the gospel, but if a person wants to challenge all that the gospel is based on, don't ignore this challenge. Study up now before you meet it and when it comes have an answer to every person of the hope that you have in Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 3:15- But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
 
Commandment #8
Thou Shalt Be Reasonable!
The worst thing thou canst possibly do in a conversation is reducing yourself to being beyond reason. Many skeptics will only listen to you if you sound like a reasonable person. Realize this and think about it while you talk. Don't waver from the truths of the scriptures, but also don't dismiss everything an unbeliever says just because they are an unbeliever. Skeptics are fully capable of rational thought and treating them any less than rational normal people will only result in a bitter end to what could have been a useful conversation.

Isaiah 1:18- Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
 
Commandment #9
Thou Shalt Not Waste Time
Art thou called to preach Christ unto all people? Then why are you spending all of your time browsing entertainment and shopping sites? Sure, those things are fun, but are you really willing to be used of God to reach people? If you can't pull yourself away from mindless activities like games and quizzes, why even bother witnessing at all? You are there. Unbelievers are there. Do what you know you should be doing!

Revelation 3:15,16- I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
 
Commandment #10
Thou Shalt Be Kind at ALL Times
Is not a believer in Christ a new creature? Sometimes we forget who we represent and what God has done for us. We get distracted and taken in by the cares of the world. We begin to get afflicted by the same things that rob unbelievers of their joy such as depression and anger. When our minds are set on the cross and what Christ has done for us, our hearts are able to reflect that love onto other people. Kindness is simply a demonstration of love and can go a million miles towards showing an unbeliever you really care. Don't hesitate to love people. Don't hesitate to be there for them. Put your differences aside when they grieve. Never beat them over the head with the message you bring. Ultimately when you present the truth in love, they will listen, and many times you will see the fruition of your labors for Christ.

Psalms 126:6- He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

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Texas
         Texas Facts and Figures
Capital:   Austin
Total area:   695,622 sq km
Population:   22,490,022 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Mockingbird
State flower:   Blue Bonnet
State tree:   Pecan Tree
Texas brings to mind days of cowboys crossing large plains and fields, driving their herds of cattle on ranges the sizes of some small countries.
Texas also brings to mind The Alamo and the tragic end to many lives that brought about the beginning of Texas as a part of the United States, a battle that was multicultural on behalf of the United States but when people of Native Americans, Native Mexicans banded together to fight for a way of life that was more important to them then their own lives.
Water sports both on the Ocean and inland on lakes and rivers are abundant. Float down the Rio Grande or spend a day in the Monahans Sandhills where there are 4,000 acre's of wind-sculptured sand dunes which resemble the Sahara Desert.
In Hueco is a 860 acre park that is a rock-climbers paradise.
Just outside of El Paso is the Texas Mountain trail that is filled with Mexican, American and Native American history.
So if you're looking to discover the wild wild west from water rides, to horseback riding Texas can offer you a wild ride through the diverse Texan heritage.

Utah
         Utah Facts and Figures
Capital:   Salt Lake City
Total area:   219,887 sq km
Population:   2,389,039 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Seagull
State flower:   Dego Lily
State tree:   Blue Spruce
Utah's diverse geography offers a host of activities.
Taking a Moab Jeep Safari or whitewater rafting in the Cataract Canyon, of the Colorado River or some hiking to Delicate Arch fill days with exploration and fun.
By horseback or hiking, taking a trip through Bryce or Red Canyon with red rock to green forest, is one of the most scenic trips in America.
History of the old West in Capitol Reef centers around the Freemont Indian's, with unique plant life and geology. See the remains of a deserted pioneer town, well off from the beaten path.
Nine Mile Canyon is the host of Native American petroglyphs.
Also hosting Indian writings. Lake Powell at 186 mile's is excellent for activities such as boating, kayaking or cliff jumping. Monument Valley has been the scenery of many Western movies.
With unique sandstone formations, it is also home to the Navajo Indians. Ogden, Utah is where the transcontinental railroads of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific met.
Ogden is also host to Olympic skiing at resorts such as Snowbasin and at Powder Mountain. With warm weather year around, St. George is host to many golf courses, tennis resorts and the Virgin River Walkway.
Sundance Village is the site of Robert Redford's annual Sundance film festival, also home to many adventures in the lives of such people as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Dinosaur's wandered the earth millions of years ago and left behind their legacy in the form of fossils, in the Uinta Mountains, Dinosaur National Monument hosts a large collection of these fossils.
Listed above are just a few of the spectacular area's that are open to be explored, where history and beauty walk side by side.

Vermont
         Vermont Facts and Figures
Capital:   Montpelier
Total area:   24,900 sq km
Population:   621,394 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Hermit Thrush
State flower:   Red Clover
State tree:   Sugar Maple
To think of Vermont is to think of beauty and serenity.
Such events as the Constitution to outlaw slavery were began in Vermont. Some of the original postage stamps were made in Brattleboro.
Some of the best mountain bike trails in the world are known as the Kingdom Trails. Also to be seen with cross-country skiing, and snowshoes.
Farm life is very romanticized, there are many opportunities to see the hard work of farm life on a farm in Vermont. From milking the dairy cattle to picking orchard fruits, learn how difficult making a living was for the original settlers of the area.
Bromley Mountain offers plenty of opportunities for exploration in all of the 4 seasons. From hiking to snowboarding. Take a guided snowmobile tour through the Green Mountain National Forest.
From air sports such as gliding, hang gliding, para sailing to resort camps and National Forests to water activities such as Scuba diving, Whitewater Rafting, fishing, marina, sailing and winter sports such as cross country skiing, snowboarding.
Vermont is also home to some of the most beautiful foliage sightseeing in the country. Known as one of the New England States, Vermont has an abundance of activities to fill your days while experiencing the history of the United States.

Virginia
         Virginia Facts and Figures
Capital:   Richmond
Total area:   110,784 sq km
Population:   7,459,827 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Cardinal
State flower:   Dogwood
State tree:   Dogwood
Virginia is home to some of the oldest history in the United States.
In Richmond visit the "Arming the Confederacy" display which offers some 150+ Confederate made weapons, used during the Civil War. Also see the mural's painted by Charles Hoffbauer of the Civil War.
Jamestown was the site of the first permanent colony. Still remaining are some remnants of those initial buildings.
Driving around the area, herds of deer live in the forests around the pitch and tar swamp.
The Western portion of Virginia is filled by the Appalachian Blue Ridge mountain ranges with a wide variety of activities.
To the east is the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. In between beautiful green rolling hills.
So if you want to travel to the sea's or climb the mountains to the west, Virginia offers activities from swimming, caving, rock climbing, fishing, golfing, to hiking.

Washington
         Washington Facts and Figures
Capital:   Olympia
Total area:   184,666 sq km
Population:   5,894,121 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Willow Goldfinch
State flower:   Western Rhododendron
State tree:   Western Hemlock
Washington State is home to both natural and manmade wonders - from volcanoes to the Space Needle, you can see it all in Washington.
Visit Olympic National Forest - or maybe the Hoh/Quinault Rain Forests. Tide pools, ancient forests, glaciers and even one of the world's only coniferous rain forests! If you enjoy nature, this is definitely a must-see!
Washington houses the infamous Mount St Helens which blew her lid (literally) in May of 1980 - ash fell as far as 300 miles away and even 25 years later, the healing process is just beginning for nature.
There are a number of visitor centers along State Route 504, which is just a few miles from the crater - the experience is both educational and awe-inspiring.
You can also visit the symbol that represents Seattle - the Space Needle. Designed by Edward E. Carlson on a placement in a coffeehouse in 1962, this amazing structure has an observation deck and revolving restaurant which allows you to gaze at the city from an amazing height of more than 500 feet.
More natural beauty can be found just 15 miles east of Bellevue - Snoqualmie Falls. These amazing falls have a 268 foot downfall of water - almost 100 feet higher than Niagara falls!
There are many, many more things to see and do while in Washington - mentioned here was but a small handful of some of the amazing things to entertain and enthrall you while in Washington!

West Virginia
         West Virginia Facts and Figures
Capital:   Charleston
Total area:   62,755 sq km
Population:   1,815,354 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Cardinal
State flower:   Big Laurel
State tree:   Sugar Maple
West Virginia offers a number of outdoor activities - bicycling, gold, winter sports, whitewater rafting, hunting, racing and even rock climbing.
Points of interest in West Virginia include the Appalachians, Civil War battlefields, any number of state parks (in fact, some say West Virginia is a state park, since 80% of it is still forested), more than 500 glass making factories and even 1/3 of the B&O Railroad line.
If you're just planning a trip to West Virginia to shop and relax, this state can offer you even that! Anything from antiques to Appalachian crafts to modern malls, everything can be found here!
All in all, if you want to just relax and get away from the world, West Virginia is the place to go!

Wisconsin
         Wisconsin Facts and Figures
Capital:   Madison
Total area:   169,639 sq km
Population:   5,509,026 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Robin
State flower:   Wood Violet
State tree:   Sugar Maple
When you think of Wisconsin, the first thing that probably comes to mind is cheese - and what a variety you will find! You can even tour cheese factories and take some cheese home as a souvenir.
If you're an outdoors type of person, you ought to visit Wisconsin in the winter. You can enjoy such activities as hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing!
If those don't appeal to you, there are other attractions such as the Wisconsin Dells which is home to the nation's largest indoor water parks. The Dells has roller coasters, hotels, river tours and antique shops - fun for the whole family!
Enjoy history? Visit Ripon, the birthplace of the Republican Party.
If you have a sweet tooth, Ripon is also the ideal place to stop by - it is home to the Ripping Good Cookie factory.
Enjoy football? Visit Green Bay, the home of the first Super Bowl winners! This is a city full of history, including the Packers Hall of Fame and the newly remodeled Lambeau Field, named after the Packers' founder, Curly Lambeau.
For the kids, visit Baraboo where you can see circus performances and visit the original site of the Ringling Brothers Circus.
Alternatively, you can visit Appleton - the birthplace of famous magician Harry Houdini; stop by the exhibit made just for him: AKA Houdini.
So whether you enjoy history, the outdoors or just need a place to get away, Wisconsin is the place to come.

Wyoming
         Wyoming Facts and Figures
Capital:   Cheyenne
Total area:   253,337 sq km
Population:   506,529 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Meadowlark
State flower:   Indian Paint Brush
State tree:   Cottonwood
If you really love the outdoors, Wyoming is by far the number one vacation destination.
You can do everything from hiking to photographing wildlife to snow boarding and even kayaking. If you're a thrill seeker, you can go rock climbing;
if you're a laid back person, go golfing or bird watching; if you enjoy natural beauty, try stargazing in the Red Desert or visiting one of the numerous state or national parks.
Wyoming is bursting with all of the natural wonders it holds - breathtaking mountains - Rocky Mountain ranges (Big Horn, Absaroka, Teton and Laramie); America's first national monument, Devils Tower; Yellowstone National Park, with it's star, Old Faithful;
...the North Platte River; Laramie Peak, the highest point in the Laramie Mountains; the Killpecker Sand Dunes, which includes an off-road area for "playing;" the 52-mile "driveway" to Yellowstone National Park - said to be one of the most scenic byways by Teddy Roosevelt.
There's plenty of lakes and rivers for those that simply cannot leave their paddles at home. For the camper in you, Wyoming has a large selection of campgrounds - Sinks Canyon State Park and Riverside Campground are just two of the family favorites.
Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee, located on either side of the Teton Range, are two of America's best known ski resorts. The options are limitless!
If you're planning to bring your kids along to Wyoming, there are a variety of activities the kids - and you - can participate in.
Wyoming is home to bountiful forests where you can go camping, horses - both wild and ones meant for riding, and.. dinosaurs?
Yes, dinosaurs! Kids and their families can go digging for dinosaur remains and fossils. No matter what kind of person you are, or what you enjoy, you will certainly find something to do in Wyoming.


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Oregon
         Oregon Facts and Figures
Capital:   Salem
Total area:   254,806 sq km
Population:   3,594,586 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Western Meadowlark
State flower:   Oregon Grape Blossom
State tree:   Douglas Fir
From Coastline's to Mountain tops to waterfalls discovering Oregon is entertainment or a unique kind.
Visit the 9 lighthouses sitting majestically among the rocky coastline or take a walk through the Oregon Dunes between the Pacific Ocean and the series of lakes.
Between Willamette and the Columbia Rivers is Portland where more than 500 varieties of Rose's have been cultivated giving it the title "The City of Roses".
Mount Hood, while in actuality is a dormant volcano, stands with snow on it's cap as a source of outdoor activities to include, skiing and hiking with beautiful scenery all around.
A trip through Silver Falls State Park with it's 10 waterfalls offers an afternoon or a weekend of exploration through a forested park. Crater Lake, formed by the collapse of a volcano is the deepest Lake in the United States.
With clear, crystal-blue waters, it's surrounded by natural beauty. The Oregon Caves National Monument, which was naturally carved within an outcropping of solid marble, has several large rooms and corridors, was discovered in 1874. Smith Rock State Park offers some incredibly craggy and rough surfaces that rock-climbers from around the globe test their skills on. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, are hills where layers of weathering volcanic ash can be seen in unusual strips of color. The ash was deposited some 40 million years ago. So if you prefer visiting history of geography or taking a trip through Hell's Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America on a raft or boat, or rock climbing, fishing, viewing Portland's architecture or a weekend in one of the many parks, Oregon offers it's own unique views and activities.

Pennsylvania
         Pennsylvania Facts and Figures
Capital:   Harrisburg
Total area:   135,765 sq km
Population:   12,406,292 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Ruffed Grouse
State flower:   Mountain Laurel
State tree:   Hemlock   
Known as an Industrial powerhouse for resources such as coal, timber, iron ore and oil, Pennsylvania was also an important part of the health and well-being of a newly forming America as a whole.
Lewis and Clark set off on their journey to discover the west from Pittsburgh.
In Eldred Pennsylvania is a World War II Museum dedicated to the men and women who fought to protect the independence the United States prides itself on.
Erie Pennsylvania is the home port of the U.S. Brig Niagara, which is a reconstruction or the warship that won the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.
In Waterford is the Fort Leboeuf Museum. This fort was used during the French and Indian War.
Hermitage Pennsylvania home to The Avenue of Flags, known for it's resurgence of patriotism, where a flag was erected for everyday the 53 citizens of the United States were held during the Iranian hostage crisis.
From Pennsylvania's Great Lakes, to wilds, to mountains history of the development of the United States abounds while enjoying activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, train rides through time and history as well as scenery trails are there to be discovered, through the development of a prosperous industrial, agriculture or architecture, your sure to find an array of activities.

Rhode Island
         Rhode Island Facts and Figures
Capital:   Providence
Total area:   4,002 sq km
Population:   1,080,632 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Rhode Island Red
State flower:   Violet
State tree:   Red Maple
Although Rhode Island is the smallest of the continental States, it is a powerhouse of history for the Nation.
With it's abundance of Colonial and Victorian homes as well as mansions to be toured, the first enclosed shopping mall, the first manufacturing plant in America Rhode Island offers history and beauty that is timeless.
Explore a delightful 17th century fishing village, or take a walk on the long sandy beaches. In Newport is a 5+ mile stretch of walkway called The Cliff Walk rough ocean waters far beneath with Mansion's on the top of the bluff's.
Many of the oldest and the old wealth people of the United States made Rhode Island home century's ago.
In Newport is the Historical society archives and library, which houses over 200,000 historical photographs as well as exhibits of colonial, silver, china, portraits and ship models.
Narragansett Bay offers activities such as waterfront dining, shopping, sailing, fishing, cruising, swimming and seal watching among the historic villages along the scenic coast.
Enjoy some time camping in some of the 60% of remaining woodlands or along the seashore. Travel out to Block island to see a glacial depression, with spectacular ocean views, which is the last remaining habitat of the Block Island Meadow Vole.
Part of New England, Rhode Island adds to the classical beauty of the region with winding roads, ocean travel and relaxing days laying on the beach under a warm summer sun.

South Carolina
         South Carolina Facts and Figures
Capital:   Columbia
Total area:   82,931 sq km
Population:   4,198,068 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Carolina Wren
State flower:   Carolina Jessamine
State tree:   Palmetto
Beside's well known beaches such as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offers many more activities. 
In Abbeville, South Carolina, revisit a time when gracious hospitality was a way of life. When anticipation filled the days waiting for the entertainment of the evening.
In Beaufort, spanish explorers were the first to arrive over 100 years before the Pilgrims made their ocean voyage.  Lord Cornwallis spent his days and nights at the British garrison which could be found in Camden and fought the battle of Hobkirk Hill and Camden in the area.
Along the banks of the Pee Dee river is Cheraw, which was named for the Cheraw Indians who lived in the area. Cheraw is know by area residents as the prettiest town in dixie.
Darlington, in the heart of the agriculture region for the state, is home to tobacco auctions and numerous cotton fields.
Georgetown, was settled in 1526 and was the first settlement in North America, however Indian attacks and a hurricane drove the Spaniards out of the area. Re-established in 1729 and gained it's name from Kind George II.
Along the docks today, now called Harborwalk, is an array of shops and restaurants.
The movie Deliverance, about a whitewater rafting trip, was shot along the Chattooga River between Long Creek and Mountain Rest. 40 miles of river to explore that divides South Carolina from Georgia.
In Pendleton is a 6,000 square foot farm museum called Village Green. Tales of a ghost that haunt Hunter's store, built in 1850 as a general store, are passed through the generations.
Summerville, South Carolina was built for refuge during a time when Charleston was hit with malaria. Because of it's old homes and gardens, it's known as Flowertown in the pines.
So whether looking for warm ocean waters to swim, surf or just lay under the warm sun, to searching for a piece of the past of the beginning of the history of the United States, South Carolina is there to be explored.

South Dakota
         South Dakota Facts and Figures
Capital:   Pierre
Total area:   199,732 sq km
Population:   770,883 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Ring-Necked Pheasant
State flower:   Pasque Flower
State tree:   Black Hills Spruce
South Dakota brings to mind Mount Rushmore, long rivers, mountains and seasonal changes. Now some of the life in South Dakota will be brought to televisions screens with the new series "Deadwood".
Kayak down the Missouri River, following the same trail that Lewis and Clark did all those years ago when nature was raw, and the present became history.
Not more than 15 minutes from Mount Rushmore is Crazy Horse Memorial, carved in 1939, as a testament to the American Indians.
Named Paha Sapa by the Lakota Sioux, this 1.2 million acre expanse known as the Black Hills offers multiple activities such as hiking, biking and camping.
With deep canyons, cascading trout streams, mountain meadows, clear, clean lakes and towering granite peaks, surrounded by thick forest of spruce and pine trees which cover the slopes, from a distance making them look black, thus giving on of the oldest mountains it's name.
Jewel Cave is within the Black Hills and is the 3rd largest cave in the world, with nearly 130 mils of passages.
If caves are of interest, Wind Cave is also in South Dakota and is one of the worlds longest caves.
In southwestern South Dakota lay the badlands, with eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires, surrounded by grass prairie, this area remains protected so that it can remain a national treasure.
South Dakota is rich the history of an Indian Nation to the gold rush in the black hills in days where Deadwood was the place to be, as long as you stayed out of the way of people such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.

Tennessee
         Tennessee Facts and Figures
Capital:   Nashville
Total area:   109,150 sq km
Population:   5,900,962 (2004 est)
State Bird:   Mockingbird
State flower:   Iris
State tree:   Tulip Poplar
Traveling through Tennessee is like taking a trip through time.
From the history of the development of the United States to the development of Country Music as well as Music as a whole. Tennessee has played a major role to where we are today.
Though the battles of yesterday are over, the memory of the brave people that fought in those battles is alive and well, their sacrifices have not gone without being honored for all generations to come.
In Elizabethton, these is an outdoor drama which depicts the history of Tennessee in the 18th Century. Hartsville, Tennessee continue's to maintain trails overlooking a battlefield from the Civil War that includes graves of some of those people that lost their lives, they also have erected a monument with all the names carved into it.
There are many such battlefields in Shiloh, Parker's Crossroads, Beech Grove, Franklin and Grover, just to name a few.
If it's the history of Music that perks your interest, artists such as B. B. King, Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Isaac Hayes, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams all were residents of Tennessee.
Of course Nashville filled with the world's music museum is an experience not to be overlooked. Also portrayed in the wax museum in Nashville more then 50 country music stars in their authentic clothes.
On the Sidewalk of Stars, more than 250 autographed hand and footprints. From lakes and waterfalls, mountains and gardens, there is much of Tennessee to discover for those ready for the adventure.

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