Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Bear Chronicles

At the Oregon State Capital
Which is in Salem
May, 2011

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mrs.5000 said...

Cinnamon Bear lobbying for pro-bear legislation!

Rebel said...

LOL Sue, I was just going to ask what he was lobbying for. =)

Elaine said...

The smirk on his face makes me wonder if he's sending Tweets with 'bear-naked' pictures....

Aviatrix said...

Was there at some time in US history a policy of establishing state capitals in minor towns, or has urban growth since just made it appear that way? Like Salem? You have to look carefully to find it.

Michael5000 said...

Elaine, he's really not so lascivious as you think. He's just happy to be in the world.

Aviatrix: There was never a national policy, but there was sometimes that kind of thinking in a particular state. But really there are 50 different stories of how a state capital was selected. The best might be that of Kansas, in which during the drive for statehood there were three major political plums to be passed out: the capital, the state university, and the state prison. The three major settlements of the territory more or less got to pick in order of political clout: Leavenworth first, then Topeka, then Lawrence.*

Salem incidentally, is the third biggest non-suburban city in Oregon, so it's not like the capital is hidden under a rock or something. But yes, it is hardly a metropolis, which is I believe why the Bear was at pains to mention its locations.

*Topeka is the capital of Kansas. Lawrence is home to one of my almae matres, the University of Kansas.