QUESTION: Minnesota became a state in 1858. What was their "number" (meaning, what state of the current fifty were they)?
Anyone who has visited the beautiful State of Minnesota knows it has a lot of lakes - in fact, it is called the Land of 10,000 Lakes - and that there are no mountains, at least not by the standard of most of the country. Its highest elevation is 2,301 feet tall, the (ironically named?) Eagle Mountain. And, like every state in the union, Minnesota has a flag to represent it. Like yesterday's story of Washington, the flag was not commissioned when Minnesota became a state. Indeed, it took a full thirty-five years before someone thought to place the State Seal on a white banner, and sixty-four more years after that to change the banner from white to blue. This blue flag with the State Seal centered in the middle is the one hanging in the Toy Box here at the American Treasure Tour.
The Seal honors the French explorers and fur trappers who roamed through the region in the 17th centuries with the words "L'Étoile du Nord" in a banner. Translated as the Star of the North, the Seal itself depicts a farmer tilling the soil while a Native American gallops by behind him on a tan horse. If we can be honest here, it is not the most dynamic flag to be flown over the capitol building in an American State. The men and women of the North American Vexillological Society rated it as one of the ugliest in the nation. For years now, people have been trying to change the flag, but it would seem the bureaucracy has been too much for them. Regardless, we are happy to honor the state and the flag here at the American Treasure Tour.
ANSWER: C). 32.