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Old 05-25-2015, 10:49 AM
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Boston, Philly, and San Antionio are famous for their history, but what cities are overlooked when it comes to history?
My opinion
1) Atlanta- Between the Civil War, Civil Rights, and the Olympics there is a lot if history in the town many seem to believe didn't exist prior to 1990. I don't think the impact of the Buring og Atlanta had on the Southern mindset, imagine the Alamo is the Texans lost.
2) Los Angeles- Many do not realize LA was built of WWII industry, as much as Detroit defeated the Nazis , LA won the war in the Pacific (or moreso)
3) Santa Fe- lots of Spanish history that's overlooked
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:45 PM
Location: Portland, OR -> Rocky River, OH
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Atlanta is a good one.

Detroit and Cleveland are two others with a lot of "lost" history.
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Old 05-25-2015, 02:25 PM
Location: Baltimore
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Baltimore. Star spangled banner, second leading port of entry behind New York, etc
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Old 05-25-2015, 02:28 PM
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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There's a lot of things that people don't know about DC's history outside of major national/international historical events. The City itself away from "Washington" has quite an underrated history IMO.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:47 PM
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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For me, it would be LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, maybe Cincinnati, etc. Some of those cities like St. Louis, Baltimore, etc that used to be in the top 5 or 10 most populated cities at one point but aren't near that anymore are pretty interesting.
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:47 AM
Location: Philadelphia
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Atlanta, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, DC but more nearby cities in the general area, Albany, Buffalo, others.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:59 AM
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Here on City-Data, any city that is not called Philadelphia or Boston, may be overlooked for history!

But seriously, in addition to what others said I would add Richmond, Virginia. Also the Southern coastal cities like Norfolk/Hampton Roads, Wilmington, Georgetown, Charleston, Savannah, St Augustine, Mobile and New Orleans. Some of them are known for history but others are often overlooked.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:41 AM
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Cleveland: Super underrated city history.

-Played a MAJOR, MAJOR role in the industrial revolution (John D. Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, Frank Seiberling, Charles Brush, Garrett Morgan etc. all from general area. Cleveland, during the late 19th century had more millionaires than any city in the world, and Mark Twain referred to Euclid Avenue as the "most beautiful street in the world")

-Three presidential libraries/museums are within an hour of city limits. James A. Garfield, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley.

-Played a significant role in westward expansion, as East Liverpool, OH, about 90 miles to the East was where the official US land survey was started. Also, Cleveland was founded as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, therefore giving it some direct ties to New England which are still quite apparent today in the inner ring neighborhoods and suburbs on the east side, especially.

-It's location has been pretty critical also. I'm not sure there is another city in the country that is shaped as more of a mold between the South, Northeast and Midwest (the south part isn't very prominent, though it is there). In some ways, it is America.

-It has played a significant role in Civil Rights Advancement and Social Strife. Sojourner Truth giving her Ain't I a Woman speech, Larry Doby breaking the AL color barrier, Jesse Owens at the Hitler Olympics, Carl Stokes first mayor, Oberlin the first absolutely undiscriminatory school, Port Hope on the Underground Railroad, Kent Riots, Hough Riots, etc.

-A military history that is much more than it is thought of. James A. Garfield being one of the Major Civil War commanders and Cleveland's prominent role and connection being memorialized in the form Soldiers & Sailors Monument located downtown. War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie and the Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. "Don't Give Up the Ship" and "We Have Met The Enemy and They Are Ours" sound familiar? Happened here. Fort Laurens, a Revolutionary War fort is located about 65 miles south of the city. Grays Armory downtown was the first urban armory of it's kind (or so I've heard?) and responded to Lincoln's call for the Civil War less than two days after. They also were with Lincoln as he made his way through Cleveland and gave a speech prior to inauguration, and also were with him as his funeral train made it's way through the city. The Cleveland Harbor has on display the U.S.S. Cod, one of the few surviving examples of a WWII era submarine. David Ingalls, the number one flying ace from WWI is from the area.

-In general, Cleveland has been a pioneer for things. This includes the America's first historical society, first large scale indoor shopping center, first city to have it's rapid line connect to the airport, first city to be powered by electric streetlight, first garden style suburb, second large scale suburban shopping center, (unfortunately) first city to default on it's loans since the Great Depression, one of the first areas big on the Farm to Table movement (Malabar Farm), the creators of Superman, featured on many comic shows and literature including recent ones such as American Splendor, The Drew Carey Show and Hot in Cleveland, Labor Day and Sweetest Day came from here, first city to offer free home delivery of mail, first blow of Bessemer Steel, standardized formula paints, first gas powered automobile, Life Savers, Chef Boyardee, Michelson and Morley Experiment, Full Body Scanner/X Ray, AAA, steering wheel, multigraph duplicating machine, successful blood transfusion, comprehensive modern building code, planned industrial park, free speech forum, milk formula, multicultural performing arts center, automatic windshield wiper, Toni Morrison, first health museum, first heart defibrilation, Rock 'n Roll, Football, Mr. Coffee, and most importantly, Calvin and Hobbes.

While some of this history isn't present anymore, much of it is still very much visible. I'm very blessed to have grown up there.
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Old 05-26-2015, 10:45 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Southside Hampton Roads (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk). Ancient settlements, vital civil war and revolutionary battles, witch hunts, psychics, etc.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:55 AM
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Originally Posted by PurpleHaze1100 View Post
Baltimore. Star spangled banner, second leading port of entry behind New York, etc
I'm torn on whether to answer Baltimore. It certainly has lots of history, but I think the history is also better known than many places.

I actually think San Antonio might be underrated. Sure people have heard of the Alamo, but at least in the Northeast most people don't think that much about the history of Texas or the Southwest.
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