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Name that town! - August 18, 2017

Hiawatha City Hall (Flickr/Jimmy Emerson, DVM)

Q: This northeast Kansas community's main street is not called Main Street - it's called Oregon Street because it's named after the Oregon Trail. The street runs east and west. The east-west streets to the north and south of Oregon Street are named for Indian tribes that lived to the north and south of the Oregon Trail. What's the name of this town, which will also be a hot spot for the total solar eclipse on Monday.

A: Hiawatha 
Located at the intersection of Highways 36 and 73 in northeast Kansas, Hiawatha is located between the Kickapoo, Iowa and Sac & Fox Indian Reservations. Incorporated in 1857, Hiawatha became the Brown County seat in 1858. 
The town's main street, Oregon Street, runs east-west and was named for the Oregon Trail. East-west streets north of Oregon Street are named for Indian tribes that lived north of the Oregon Trail. The streets to the south of Oregon Street are named for tribes that lived south of the Oregon Trail.  
The ornate Old Town Clock has stood beside Oregon Street since 1891. The town of Hiawatha is famous for the hundreds of beautiful maple trees that line its streets. It's also home to the unique Davis Memorial with its life-size statues of John & Sarah Davis.  

A lot of people are expected to show up in Hiawatha on Monday, August 21st for the total solar eclipse.  If you want to see the full effects of the eclipse, make sure you are in the path of totality.
Fun factoid: Hiawatha was named for the Indian brave in Longfellow's poem, Song of Hiawatha.

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