Our smallest state has the biggest name. On official occasions, you will
hear people use the entire name.
Although we live close to Boston, we find ourselves just as often in Providence,
either enjoying the beautiful public art and music events known as
, enjoying an art film and capuccino at the
Cable Car Cinema
, or both.
We also enjoy the mansions
in Newport. I heard fantastic stories about these mansions in elementary
school, and was thrilled to learn that they are true - or at least they
are still repeated!
The following very geographic piece appeared in the November 2002
issue of Yankee magazine:
The Rhode Island Unit of Measure
When an iceberg broke off from Antarctica last spring, Rhode Island
(area: 1,212 square miles) was in the news. The iceberg, known as B-17, was
"the size of Rhode Island," said news reports. In fact, icebergs have been
leaving Antarctica in Rhode Island-size bites for years. In 1987, for example,
there was B-9 -- twice the size of Rhode Island, or 2 RIUs: Rhode Island
Units of Measure.
The area of Louisiana's wetlands has shrunk by 1.5 RIU since 1956;
Massachusetts has lost 2 RIU of farmland since 1945. Wildfires burn 3.3 RIU
of U.S. forests in an average year. When a meteor struck th earth 35 million
years ago, it left a 2 RIU crater under Chesapeake Bay -- and deep as the
Grand Canyon, but that's another unit of measure.
RIUs are also a convenient geographic shorthand: The city of Houston
is 0.5 RIU, Luxembourg is about 1 RIU, Yosemite National Park 1 RIU, Trinidad
and Tobago 1.5, Alaska 488. It's a military size, too: The McGregor missile
range, the tank training center at Fort Irwin, and the Nevada Test Site are
each around 1 RIU.
Rhode Island should be proud-- it's a little state that is the
measure of big things. All of which should give Rhode Island a Texas-size
-- Howard Mansfield
So far, I have visited the counties shown in yellow.
I have been to 5 out of 5 counties in Rhode Island and Providence Plantation.
For a very clear map with the county names, visit Delorme's
Rhode Island Counties
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