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Old 09-22-2008, 04:08 PM
 
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Fairbanks, AK

a boat loaded with supplies couldn't go up river any farther. So they got out and set up shop trading with miners. THE END
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Old 09-22-2008, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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The first European settlement in what is now Jersey City was established at Pavonia in 1633. The first village (Bergen) came into being in what is now Bergen Square in 1660, and was the oldest town in what later became New Jersey. At the time, this area was part of New Netherlands. In 1664 the British took possession of the Dutch settlements.

Jersey City was incorporated in 1838 and over the next several decades merged with several adjacent municipalities. JC became an important maritime and transportation center, with several major railroads having terminals on the waterfront.
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Old 09-22-2008, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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Lubbock, Texas was a result of a unique merger of two rival towns on opposite sides of a canyon, Lubbock and Monterey. Each was trying to get the county seat and railroad hub, so instead of arguing, they compromised. They used Lubbock's name and Monterey's side of the canyon. In 1909, they were officially merged and and incorporated. By some miracle, they won the bid for a major university, and Texas Tech has been the center of Lubbock ever since.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:47 PM
 
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Iowa City--was created in 1839 by an act of the territorial governor in order to move the capitol closer to the center of the territory. That kinda explains the unimaginative name.
An Act to locate the Seat of Government of the Territory of Iowa...so soon as the place shall be selected, and the consent of the United States obtained, the commissioners shall proceed to lay out a town to be called "Iowa City".
My favorite place in Iowa City is where Iowa Avenue crosses the Iowa River in the heart of the University of Iowa campus.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:07 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Atlanta came into existence after the forced removal of the Cherokee nation from north GA. The Western and Atlantic RR decided to locate the RR's eastern terminus at the "Zero Milepost" (still located somewhere in the vicinity of Underground Atlanta). The community that grew up around it was initially named Marthasville; it wasn't named Atlanta until 1847.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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What about the town you live in?
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:37 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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The community that grew up around it was initially named Marthasville; it wasn't named Atlanta until 1847.
Marthasville??? Sounds like a really happenin' place! LOL Thank goodness they changed it!
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:40 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Sometimes, all it takes is something as small as an Alamo to jumpstart a city. Other times, it takes something as large as the great lakes or the Mississippi River to support a cities existence.

How did the city you live in originate?
Why did your city come into existence?
When did all of this take place?
Where did your cities name come from?
How did your city get to where it is today?

The origin of each city is a unique story.
You neglected to tell us about San Diego.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:07 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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You neglected to tell us about San Diego.
Haha true...

San Diego was explored by a European for the first time in the early 1500's by Juan Cabrillo of Spain. Although the city did not get his name, lots of historical sites are named after him, including sites in Balboa Park and the Cabrillo statue which is a national monument located in Point Loma.

San Diego was named after Saint Didacus. Saint Didacus is the saint to whom the Franciscan mission that developed into San Diego was dedicated, and I believe the first mission was founded in San Diego, and it's located in Old Town San Diego (go figure, heh).

After the huge exposition that took place in San Diego in the early 1900s, Balboa Park and its museams which were built for the global event eventually gave birth to the San Diego Zoo. The Santa Fe Railroad eventually made its way to San Diego from LA, expanding commerce to this region, thus, bolstering the city of San Diego into where it is today. The weather and its pristine beaches also eventually bolstered San Diego's popularity on the national, as well as the global stage.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:08 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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What about the town you live in?
sure, why not?
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