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Old 07-09-2010, 05:01 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I would imagine any city has some unique features. I believe the Los Angeles metro has the largest Armenian community in America with Los Angeles itself being fairly high.

I was thinking the OP wants towns though. Barrow, Alaska might be an unusual town as it's on the Arctic Ocean and hundreds of miles from any city. The tiny town of Adak, Alaska looks even more remote.
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Santa Fe and Charleston, S.C., would top any list of unique towns.
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:33 PM
 
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Perhaps Peterboro NY due to being an Underground Railroad community that looks like it hasn't change in a very long time. There is a street called Elizabeth Street where there are still descendants of former slaves still live there, eventhough there aren't as many as there used to be. They have a Civil War celebration, an Abolitionists Hall of Fame and an Emancipation Day there too. It was founded by an Abolitionist and his son was key in bringing former slaves to the community. Peterboro, New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Smithfield Community Association, Peterboro New York ~ Welcome
YouTube - MVL #219 Road Trip to Peterboro, NY peterboro, ny - Google Maps



Saranac Lake, NY is interesting in that it is in 3 towns(townships) and 2 counties. Saranac Lake, New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Welcome to Saranac Lake, New York! The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival saranac lake, ny - Google Search
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Bloomsburg is the only town in Pennsylvania, so that makes it kinda unique.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:14 PM
 
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Hershey, PA is kind of different.
Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge is the mother lode of all tourist towns.
Stehekin, WA is different for the lower 48. No roads to the town...and it's not on an island.

But, in my opinion, I think Thomas R hit it when it comes to one of the most absolute, truly unique towns in America when he listed Acoma Pueblo.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:18 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Thanks. I read about it when I was in a class on American Indian history.

Anyway some other unusual towns or settlements.

Alapine - A lesbian commune in Alabama that forbids men.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/fashion/01womyn.html
Alapine Community Association

Aleneva, Alaska - A settlement of Russian Old Believers on an Alaskan island.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Aleneva-Alaska.html
http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/...ckval=GooglePM

Loma Linda, California - A strongly Seventh-Day Adventist community that reportedly has one of the highest life expectancies in the world.

Longevity, The Secrets of Long Life - National Geographic Magazine

Colorado City, Arizona/Hilldale, Utah - A haven for the Fundamentalist LDS, which practices polygamy and to an extent white supremacy. They're also home to other polygamists belonging to smaller sects or who just choose polygamy independently of any sect.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Colora...y-Arizona.html
Polygamy in America | KPBS.org

Natchez, Mississippi - Full of antebellum Southern architecture and once home to the Natchez culture who were a mound-builder people.

Official Natchez Tourism Site
http://www.city-data.com/city/Natchez-Mississippi.html
Natchez (http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/northamerica/natchezindians.html - broken link)
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:28 AM
 
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Gettysburg, PA.

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Charming small town as well as tourist area. Yes, unique. Surrounded by a battlefield.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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Santa Fe and Charleston, S.C., would top any list of unique towns.
They are unique and important for historical and cultural reasons. These two among a few others would be considered cultural hearths which is where a particular culture started here and then spread out.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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Oak Ridge TN is unique as so much of it was built all at once for the Manhattan project. The lab and plants are pretty foreboding but they are on the outskirts of town. There is a strange unknown building on a hill overlooking downtown that gives an ominous feel.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:51 PM
 
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any more?
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