Monday, October 13, 2008

My Town Map

It's been a while since I started My Town Monday and I have a lot of new readers so it seems like a good time to rehash my original thoughts on the weekly project. My goal was to eventually have at least one participant from all fifty states and as many other countries as possible. This map gives you a good idea of where I stand on that goal.

The gist of My Town Mondays is for bloggers to talk about any town they know something interesting about. It could be their current home, the place they grew up, or simply a location you've visited and learned a cool bit of knowledge of. At the bottom you of this post you can click on the My Town Monday tag and see my older posts as well as each week's links to the other participants. Or here is a link to my original post describing My Town Monday.

The only so-called rule is that if you decide to participate please leave a comment and let me know so that I can link to you.

While I am catching up I thought I'd post some pictures I promised a while back when I blogged about Amarillo's title of Helium Capitol of the world. To read that post click here.

Anyway here are the pictures of the National Helium monument. Hold your breath, they are exciting.

You might have to click on that middle picture to read the words but the monument also serves as a time capsule. And it's a sun dial as well. It's sits outside the Don Harrington Discovery Center which is place my entire family love.

Here is the Discovery Centers Mission statement which I lifted straight from their website.

The mission of the Don Harrington Discovery Center (DHDC) is:

"To build knowledge and understanding of science and its impact on our lives, our community, and our world. We are dedicated to fostering curiosity, wonder, and the skills of minds and will that fuel the human imagination to probe mysteries beyond the limits of the known."

DHDC has been a provider of science and health educational programming and hands-on science experimentation since 1985. Because DHDC is the only science center serving a vast geographic area cover three states (Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma Panhandle, and Eastern New Mexico), we offer the unique ability to make a positive impact on a large constituency composed of persons from widely different ethnic and racial backgrounds.

I recommend you check out the monument and the Discovery center if you ever visit Amarillo or live near by.


Mary Nix -- Olmsted Falls, Ohio
Patti Abbott -- Detroit, Michigan
Lyzzydee -- Welwyn Garden City, England
Shauna Roberts -- Riverside, California
David Cranmer -- Cameroon, Africa
Barbara Martin -- Toronto, Canada
Clair Dickson -- Brighton, Michigan
Barrie Summy -- San Diego, California
Reb -- (Old Strathcona) Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Debra -- Village of Peninsula, Ohio
Jenny Jill -- Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
Lana Gramlich -- Mandeville, Louisiana
Texlahoma -- Elmore City, Oklahoma
Gina Black -- L.A., California


Charles Gramlich said...

From all I can see, the idea has really grown and expanded. I've learned a lot about many varied places.

Mary said...

Your project certainly has grown.

Thanks for creating it, it is fun to read about all the other wonderful places around the world.

My post is up.

Melanie Avila said...

I may do more posts in the future so I'll definitely let you know. And it's good to know we're not limited to where we've lived - I may have to look at some travel pics and see what I have to share. :)

preTzel said...

Now why did I read that thinking of you with a very high - pitched voice? Heh. Helium can be fun but we don't do it anymore because I don't want to teach my kids to be huffers. :)

pattinase (abbott) said...

Mine goes up at 11pm

lyzzydee said...

I have enjoyed this project as well, I feel that I have a connection in a variety of places now!! I have also done a post about my town monument for this week.
Its up now.

Shauna Roberts said...

My post about Riverside went up Wednesday.

You're getting the North American map pretty well covered now. Congrats.

alex keto said...

You have far surpassed your original thoughts about what my town Monday would be.
Excellent idea and you have many of them which is kudos to you.
But remember Qatar and Israel on your map.
You know, I think this blogging thing works for you.

David Cranmer said...

Travis, I've enjoyed all the MTM posts, and I appreciate you allowing me to be a part of it. I'll have another Boh Cyprain post from Cameroon up tonight.

Lana Gramlich said...

Unfortunately the map won't load for me. My computer sucks butt.
The helium monument is really cool! I love the idea of the time capsule. That discovery center looks really cool, too. I'm a science nut, though. Perhaps that also explains why I used to play D&D heavily & I can quote all kinds of Monty Python at the drop of a hat...

Barbara Martin said...

Thanks to you Travis, my writing abilities have improved. It's been very interesting reading about other people's places.

I am unable to get the map, my internet security is blocking it.

My post for MTM is up.

Phats said...

Helium Monument ha that's awesome!

I see you don't have Indiana, I could help if my town weren't so freaking boring haha :)

Huskers ALMOST pulled it out I was rooting for them because it would have made me look smart for picking them

angel, jr. said...

This is an excellent way to learn about other places!

Clair Dickson said...

My post is up.

Barrie said...

I'm still really enjoying My Town Mondays! And, yes, my post is up! (San Diego)

Reb said...

Travis, it is so great that you started this! I love to learn about the different places each week and to find things about my own city to share with everyone else.

The time capsule/monument is very cool!

Mine is up.

Miladysa said...

MTM is a wonderful and successful idea Travis - well done! :}

Angie Ledbetter said...

Except for the map that appears as a blob of snow-covered tundra somewhere by the North Pole, I enjoy reading your MTMs. Recovered from the run yet?

debra said...

My post is up, Travis. I'll be back later to read.

Jenny Jill said...

My town, Bala, Ontario, Canada, is in an uproar over a refurbishing and new hydro dam project. I think we need to move into the new millennium...
Love the MTM idea.

Travis Erwin said...

I apologize for the tardiness is getting links posted, but have been having internet woes at my house.

Bina said...

That is freaking cool that it's also a sun dial! I don't know why that fascinates me so much, but it does!

Monnik said...

wow - Travis! Look how many MTM posts you've gotten around the world! That's so cool!!

One of these days, I'm really going to write a MTM post. My town is just, extremely small, and pretty boring. But my hometown isn't, so maybe I'll write about it someday.

Ello said...

Hey Travis! I've missed alot I see! But what an awesome map! These posts have been great and you should be proud! But now I've got alot of catch up to do in the next few weeks, hopefully, whenever I have downtime!!

texlahoma said...

Hi Travis, I saw your comment and realized that it was Monday. So I figured what the heck, I'll give My Town Monday a try.

tiggysmum70 said...

I read from NC. I am trying to get info about my small community that I live in currently. I have only lived here since April.

You should be very proud of your accomplishments!


Josh said...

awesome project dude, got to know some really cool places and people

Chick said...

What a great idea...I'll have to think about adding to your list some Monday soon.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

(Whine) I can't see the map either, but I bet it's awesome.


Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks for adding me to MTM! I've reciprocated. In this case you need to change "Abita Springs" to "Mandeville," however. ;)

Lauren said...

What an interesting idea! I've visited several of these blogs that have a "My Town Monday" and always love reading them, but didn't realize that it was your Brain Child. Someone already does my town (Chicago), but maybe sometime I'll try doing one from where I grew up (Indiana)...I'll let you know.

I especially love your idea of hitting all the 50 states and several other countries.

Cheryl Wray said...

This is such a cool idea!! I see you don't have anyone from Alabama...I'm doing another project this week on my blog, but perhaps I could try it next week?

This is really fun.I love to "armchair" travel (as well as "really" travel! LOL), so this right up my alley!

Karen L. Alaniz said...

Very interesting. So why does your voice get funny when you inhale it? That's my scientific question of the

My town is really beautiful in the fall. I plan to grab my camera one day this week and snap some pics so I can join you Mondays. Great idea-love it! ~Karen

Cloudia said...

Aloha Texan ;-)
I write about my town too!
'Walking in Waikiki with Cloudia' is published every other week at
and I blog daily under the palms at

I like "My Town" and will visit often. Wanna link?
Best Wishes!

SUV Mama said...

I think I know why, but I'd still like to know the answer to Karen's question.

I can't get the damn map to load either, but it rocks that you have so many places covered!

DrillerAA said...

Hmmm....No one from Arkansas! I'll have to fix that next Monday, if I get the chance. I've got a busy week-end and may not get it done in time, but I will do a Hometown Monday and it will feature the Bentonville/Bella Vista, Arkansas area so that you can add one more state to the list.

Junosmom said...

Sorry I missed last week. I had a bad week. I have ideas for the next two weeks, so will try to get them pre-written in case I have another bad week. (You never know when one might pop up!)

Jenny Jill said...

Just to provide some info, Travis, Canada is made up on 10 provinces and 3 territories. It would be fun if your map showed the particular province or territory we represent!