Sunday, October 9, 2016

Leif Erikson Day

This here bust is in one of the oddest places in Cleveland. When one spies the foto, one sees rail tracks, and an ivy covered jack knife bridge. It is near the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, on a saloon's parking lot; it is not free to park in the lot.

Leifr EirĂ­ksson was born in Iceland. Just before the year 1000 a.D. he converted to Christianity, preached in Greenland, and began settlements in North America.

First in Wisconsin, and then in Minnesota a day was instituted in his honor. There are many Norwegians in the upper Middle West. October 9th was chosen, because a ship arrived from Stavanger Norway in New York  on that date in 1825. Leif is a patron of Scandinavian immigration tom the new world.

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