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Old 05-02-2019, 10:56 PM
Location: San Francisco/East Bay and Los Angeles, formerly DC and Boston
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Speaking of waterfall cities, what about Rochester, NY?

18th largest in 1860, almost as big as Pittsburgh. Fell to 33rd by 1950, but was still slightly bigger than Atlanta. But after that, along with anything and everything near the Erie Canal and Upstate NY, see ya.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:38 PM
Location: Charleston, SC
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Charleston is getting to its reputation now, but the Civil War was a huge deterrent to the area probably into the 1900s.

Wilmington, NC should be much larger than it is with the port it has and being well-positioned on the coast with no other large city on the NC coast. As late as 1900, the city was the most populous city in North Carolina, larger than Raleigh or Charlotte at over 20K. In 1920 it had over 33,000.

Instead the city stopped growing, only growing to 44,000 by 1980. Now it is near 120,000. Not being connected to the Interstate system until 1990 with I-40 really hurt it.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:20 PM
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Charleston SC could have been a lot bigger. I think at one point it was one of the largest and the wealthiest city in America but its fortunes were destroyed by the Civil War.

New Orleans also suffered after the Civil War but also because the government failed to properly build the levees and flood protection. If it wasn't for Katrina the metro area would be a lot bigger and if not for the flooding risk the growth rate would be faster than it is now.

Atlantic City probably would have been bigger if casinos were still outlawed in most of the country.

Many areas of southern WV could have been larger towns if not for the war on coal.
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:47 PM
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Location: Chiraq, Crook County
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St Louis could've been Chicago as it was/is a more central location for a transportation hub (the railroads back in the 19th century).
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:00 AM
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Prime candidates (sort of, sort of not in order):
St. Louis
New Orleans
Miami (immediate area, not all the sprawl to the north)
Rochester, NY
Worcester, MA
Mobile, AL
Wilmington, NC
Richmond, VA

I strongly disagree with Atlantic City, and the casinos did not actually draw in that many new residents (and it's very iffy how much it has helped those who were actually there-I think a bit, but much less than what people would have thought at the time of legalization in the 1970s)
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