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Old 11-16-2008, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I don't know the exact answer, would have to research the one I think it is, but with the town name question, thought I'd pose this:

What is the most common town name in America? How many states have one of that name?
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Old 11-16-2008, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Off the top of my head - Washington? No clue as to how many, perhaps 25.
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think it's Madison.
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:43 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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While naming dead presidents , I think the answer is on our money........ The only portrait on US paper that was not a President ?
To get the determinative answer however , to the most common name place in America ( forget about " town" per say) , we may have to look elsewhere. I think it may be a tree........
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Would you believe OAK GROVE?

Many years ago I heard this question on a quiz show, and the correct answer was given was Madison .

At placenames.com, searching for 'populated places' and counting only stand-alones, (e.g., not "Salemville" or "Salem Junction") I found:

172 Oak Grove
122 Centerville
98 Salem
67 Springfield
58 Franklin
55 Greenville
47 Jackson
42 Troy
42 Marion
41 Jefferson
38 Washington
31 Madison

I've lived in an Oak Grove, two Salems, and a Madison, plus a Madison county and two Marion counties.)

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Old 11-17-2008, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Default Lock?

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The locks in downtown Chicago , keep the Illinois river and Lake Michigan separated. An interesting story......read all about it, you will find the answer to your questions.
Locks don't keep anything seperated. Locks and wickets are used to physically move boats up or down depending upon the height of the water, whether or not the wickets are open and which way the boats are moving . We have locks nearby; I've watched the process many times. The Illinois River course is in one direction. I don't think it turns around and returns to St. Louis, but I could be wrong. And according to US Army engineers the course of the Illinois River is 273 miles (or thereabouts).

"The Illinois forms part of a modern waterway that connects the Great Lakes at Chicago to the Mississippi River. The waterway was originally established by the building of the Illinois and Michigan Canal that connected the Illinois River to the Chicago River. When the Chicago River was later reversed, the pollution and sewage of the city of Chicago flowed down into the Illinois River. The Illinois and Michigan Canal has since been replaced by the Illinois Waterway including the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The river is controlled by five locks and dams to facilitate river traffic. The waterway is heavily trafficked by barges transporting bulk goods such as grain and oil. " ~ Wikipedia
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Old 11-17-2008, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I bet the Illinois river usually runs downhill, though---and that is toward St. Louis. Go down to the foot of Main Street and throw something in, see which way it goes. I bet it'll go left, downhill, toward St. Louis. Do you like the Cubs or the Cardinals?

Here are the elevations:
Channahon, where the Illinois and Des Plaines meet, 540 feet above sea level
Havana, 470
Grafton, where it empties into the Mississippi, 435.

At Grafton, the ferry to Missouri is within sight of the Illinois River flowing into the Mississippi.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3009/...2aa3f1.jpg?v=0

At the bottom is the Illinois River as it meets the Missssippi above it. The ferry and the landing are visible.

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Old 11-17-2008, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I had heard Greenville and Springfield at different times. Maybe it should be limited to incorporated towns, as generally there is only one incorporated town per state for a given name.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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How about Columbus ?
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I had heard Greenville and Springfield at different times. Maybe it should be limited to incorporated towns, as generally there is only one incorporated town per state for a given name.

Somebody would have to go through state by state looking at lists if incorproated towns, and even that designation is fluid from state to state. Many very larget towns are not incorporated, sich as Metairie, Louisiana, pop >100,000. Hawaii has no incorporated cities or towns at all, there is nothing below county. I doubt there is a comprehensive site that can be filtered for incorporation.

The largest number of "cities and towns" with pops over 1,000 listed on city-data.com are
18 - Franklin,
17 - Salem
16 - Greenville and Springfield
15 - Troy, Marion, Warren
14 - Jackson and 13 - Madison top the presidents.
Oak Grove only 10.
Washingtons cannot be caunted, because the search list defaults to all cities in Washington State.

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