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Old 05-14-2013, 01:57 PM
 
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I am fascinated with American towns, counties, and parks with quirky reputations.

Here are two examples:

Alton Confidential: Naked truths about bare-breasted barmaids, horrific murders and the ghosts that haunt our favorite little river town - Page 1 - News - St. Louis - Riverfront Times

Humboldt County, California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What are some areas you know that has a seedy reputation or history?
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:25 PM
 
Location: The City
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Centralia, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Love Canal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Thanks for posting these!
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The whole of Northwest Missouri is full of pretty scary places. The Skidmore Bully is only one example of some real strangeness. Ken McElroy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I've had other experiences in the northwest corner of the state, that are just plain goofy bordering on scary, and it's a very unwelcoming part of the country to outsiders.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: 406
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There's quite a long history of crooked police, union and industrial activity in this place, and that's not to mention its meth affliction over the last decade or so.

Butte, Montana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:53 PM
 
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It's not one individual town, but I find the whole "Meth Valley" aspect of Northeastern Pennsylvania extremely interesting. Out in the Country around places like Sayre, Atherns, Towanda it is really, really rural. But there is this whole aura of weird, shady things out in the deep woods. It's very weird.

In the shadow of the Valley of Meth: How a bunch of cross-state drug dealers manufacturing methamphetamine is making life miserable for Cayuga County farmers | syracuse.com

http://instruct.westvalley.edu/fauls...th_handout.pdf

The second link is more about meth in general, but they write about Meth Valley a little in the "Widening Path of Destruction" story. Anyway, on this note news from today...

http://www.pressconnects.com/article...nclick_check=1

I just find it interesting, it's so rural, almost picturesque out there and there is this incredibly large seedy element lurking in the woods.

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Western Massachusetts. All of it.
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Location: Long Island / NYC
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Western Massachusetts. All of it.
What's weird about it?
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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There's quite a long history of crooked police, union and industrial activity in this place, and that's not to mention its meth affliction over the last decade or so.

Butte, Montana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I think I've read mention of Butte, Montana in a book that spoke about some old violent mining towns. Circa early 1900s that is.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:09 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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What's weird about it?
Old Deerfield, MA is the spookiest place I have ever seen, especially at night

Deerfield, Massachusetts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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