Name that Flyover city — October 24, 2019

How did you do on those questions? (You’d really have to know your French kings to guess the last two correctly.)

Let’s review the questions:

  • Technically, this is the largest German-named American city.
  • This city was named for King Louis IX in 1794.
  • And just to confuse you more, we’re going to throw in another city named after a French king: King Louis XVI.

And now for the answers:

  1. Charlotte, NC—If you’ve been paying attention to past issues of our newsletter, you would know that the city of Charlotte was named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the German-born wife of England’s King George III.
  2. St. Louis, MO—Pierre Laclede was a French fur trader who, with his young assistant and stepson Auguste Chouteau, founded St. Louis in 1764, in what was then Spanish Upper Louisiana, in present-day Missouri.
  3. Louisville, KY– The first European settlement in the vicinity of modern-day Louisville was founded on Corn Island in 1778 by Col. George Rogers Clark. In 1780, the city was named in honor of King Louis XVI of France, whose soldiers were then aiding Americans in the Revolutionary War.

Thanks for playing Name that Flyover city!