The Dakota geography redistribution poll garnered votes from just 24 of you. Nonetheless, we have the breakdown. The question was “In 1889, should what is now North and South Dakota have instead been set up as East and West Dakota?” The following numbers tell the tale:
- 50.0% said “Yes, that would better reflect common culture and topography”
- 33.3% said “No, it is fine just the way it is.”
- 16.7% said “1889 is ancient history. How does this discussion help my children?”
One of my readers was so kind as to inform me that the primary reason that the territory was set up as North and South instead of East and West was due to the railroads. You see, they ran east and west, so it was thought best to lay out the states the same way so as to take advantage of the benefit which the railroads would supply in terms of making it simple to move from one part of South Dakota to the other. So it is that public policy is influenced by business.
I appreciate your participation in this exercise of the First Amendment. A new poll is now available in the sidebar.