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Old 05-22-2011, 01:46 PM
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Here in Lexington a park was established in 1990 at the site where the first camp was set up in 1775. It's named McConnell Springs in honor of camp leader William McConnell (who named the site in honor of the American victory at Lexington Mass.)

Louisville has a historic plaque downtown, but it's impossible for them to have a park at the first camp site founded by George Rogers Clark. He settled on Corn Island, which has since been eroded by the Ohio River. Today it's just a small hump 10 feet under the river.
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:01 AM
Location: Jersey City
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The first settlement in what is today Jersey City was called Pavonia, and it was established by the Dutch in the 1630s. Pavonia was evacuated in the 1650s in the wake of a war with the Lenni Lenape. In the 1980s a mall and office buildings (a complex called "Newport") were built on the spot. Until 2010, the train station there was called "Pavonia-Newport". Today the station is just "Newport." Apart from a short street called Pavonia Avenue, there's no trace or acknowledgement of the initial settlement.

The next settlement, Bergen, was established in what is today Bergen Square in the 1660s. I think the oldest surviving structure there dates to the 1740s. I think there's a plaque on a wall in Bergen Square describing the settlement's history, but I'm not certain.
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:17 AM
Location: The City
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:25 AM
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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While there were indigenous and a few non-indigenous residents in the area that became Chicago prior to the establishment of Fort Dearborn, it is Fort Dearborn that is generally considered to be the establishment of what is now Chicago.

That site is currently more or less where Michigan Avenue intersects with Wacker Drive on the south bank of the main branch of the Chicago River, which is one of the busiest intersections in Chicago. There is a plaque in the sidewalk there, as well as brass corner markers to delineate where the Fort walls were, but no park or even museum. There are also information about the site on the bridge, including a carving depicting a battle called the "Fort Dearborn Massacre."

One interesting thing about the markers is that both Wacker and Michigan at that point are elevated far above actual ground level. In all likelihood the markers are higher off the ground than even the Fort's flagpole would have reached at the time.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:34 PM
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The first building is encased in glass: Derry Presbyterian Church -- Hershey, PA
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:30 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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DeLeon Plaza, a whole city block, across from the court house, Victoria, Texas, on the site originally settled in 1824. Possibly the oldest settlement in Texas, but Nacogdoches make a probably more legitimate claim. Victoria was the first place in Texas recognized as a settlement by Mexico.

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