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Old 01-11-2019, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Three towns I've visited remind me of "times gone by". Although all have modern amenities such as cell phone service and cable, they haven't changed in appearance or lifestyle much from the past. They all have the look and feel of years ago.

Salmon, Idaho come to mind first. I first went there in 1969 and then visited again in 2016. The population hasn't grown as the economy is based on ranching and agriculture, both dependent on available land and water. Without increases in those, there has been no growth. The only notable addition I've seen is the installation of a second traffic light on Main Street.

Galax, Virginia is another such town. Over three days, I think I saw three vehicles that weren't American brands. Small population, somewhat isolated in the mountains of SW Virginia.

Hannibal, Missouri. Looks today like it did when I first visited in the mid-1960's. People are conservative (not necessarily politically) and live a small town life style. Little or no population growth means no influx of people from other places bringing in diverse cultures.

In these towns, international food and restaurants are restricted to Chinese take-out, Italian (pizza and spaghetti), Mexican (tacos). Nothing like Cuban, Peruvian, French, German, or other international foods. I bet 99% of the population has never tasted jasmine rice, pierogi, or escargot. Nor do they care. Not that that this is a negative, it just reflects on the local population's view of the world. And that has kept them in "times gone by."
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Three towns I've visited remind me of "times gone by". Although all have modern amenities such as cell phone service and cable, they haven't changed in appearance or lifestyle much from the past. They all have the look and feel of years ago.
The majority of towns in Maine lack cellphone service and cable. My town [Argyle, Maine population 235] has the interstate cutting through town, so we have a cellphone tower and good signal. But still no cable.



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... Salmon, Idaho come to mind first. I first went there in 1969 and then visited again in 2016. The population hasn't grown as the economy is based on ranching and agriculture, both dependent on available land and water. Without increases in those, there has been no growth. The only notable addition I've seen is the installation of a second traffic light on Main Street.

Galax, Virginia is another such town. Over three days, I think I saw three vehicles that weren't American brands. Small population, somewhat isolated in the mountains of SW Virginia.

Hannibal, Missouri. Looks today like it did when I first visited in the mid-1960's. People are conservative (not necessarily politically) and live a small town life style. Little or no population growth means no influx of people from other places bringing in diverse cultures.

In these towns, international food and restaurants are restricted to Chinese take-out, Italian (pizza and spaghetti), Mexican (tacos). Nothing like Cuban, Peruvian, French, German, or other international foods. I bet 99% of the population has never tasted jasmine rice, pierogi, or escargot. Nor do they care. Not that that this is a negative, it just reflects on the local population's view of the world. And that has kept them in "times gone by."
I am not aware of any Cuban, Peruvian, French, or German restaurants in this state.

When we were exploring Maine we found one small town that has no landline phones and there are no cellphone towers. The gas station does not accept credit cards, you must pay cash or 'local' checks.

It is very common for towns around here to not have any traffic lights, our town has none. We have one stop sign.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:59 PM
 
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Three towns I've visited remind me of "times gone by". Although all have modern amenities such as cell phone service and cable, they haven't changed in appearance or lifestyle much from the past. They all have the look and feel of years ago.

Salmon, Idaho come to mind first. I first went there in 1969 and then visited again in 2016. The population hasn't grown as the economy is based on ranching and agriculture, both dependent on available land and water. Without increases in those, there has been no growth. The only notable addition I've seen is the installation of a second traffic light on Main Street.

Galax, Virginia is another such town. Over three days, I think I saw three vehicles that weren't American brands. Small population, somewhat isolated in the mountains of SW Virginia.

Hannibal, Missouri. Looks today like it did when I first visited in the mid-1960's. People are conservative (not necessarily politically) and live a small town life style. Little or no population growth means no influx of people from other places bringing in diverse cultures.

In these towns, international food and restaurants are restricted to Chinese take-out, Italian (pizza and spaghetti), Mexican (tacos). Nothing like Cuban, Peruvian, French, German, or other international foods. I bet 99% of the population has never tasted jasmine rice, pierogi, or escargot. Nor do they care. Not that that this is a negative, it just reflects on the local population's view of the world. And that has kept them in "times gone by."

Salmon, Idaho? Sounds fishy to me! <<<<<<<<< I couldn't resist the pun. What can I say? The ladies all tell me that I'm a real catch (another pun for 'ya!).


Hannibal, Missouri: I passed through Hannibal, Missouri by car many many decades ago (on the way from the Quad Cities along the Iowa-Illinois border to St Louis, Missouri). Didn't get to explore it though but just passed through it. I know that it is the site of the various Mark Twain-authored stories based on his invented characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:41 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Is there any town in Usa that maybe stuck in time like 50s,60s ?
Lake Wobegon, MN ... the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve.
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Old 01-13-2019, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Lake Wobegon, MN ... the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve.



Ah, yes, out there on the edge of the prairie.
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Old 01-13-2019, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Wow! Widest residential streets I have ever seen. Why are there only single story bungalows?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaconda,_Montana

That's why I picked this town, wide open streets, every lawn is manicured and cut perfectly as if Saturday morning every went out and cut their lawns with a push blade mower. Notice how symmetrical the town and streets and house are and how every thing seems in place and no clutter of bushes hedges or trees.



It looks like Levittown,




https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...&v=2Kt0Qppahfo
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Old 01-14-2019, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Artane, Dublin
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Love Maine.
Can't wait to move there.
Hopefully within the next 5 years.
Would like to be mostly off-grid but with cell/internet. Don't want TV or landlines.
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Old 01-15-2019, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Love Maine.
Can't wait to move there.
Hopefully within the next 5 years.
Would like to be mostly off-grid but with cell/internet. Don't want TV or landlines.
In my town, your options for internet access is either satellite [which is pretty expensive] or else landline.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Artane, Dublin
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In my town, your options for internet access is either satellite [which is pretty expensive] or else landline.
Yeah I know it can be sketchy depending on where you are. Having a real tough time finding a place to live. Every time we think we found an area we find another one that's like "whoa what about here?". Lol. Maine is just too awesome.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:39 AM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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Is there any town in Usa that maybe stuck in time like 50s,60s ?

LMAO. Try Belmont NV. It's stuck in the 50s and 60s. 1850s and 60s. I love it there. Wish I could live there.
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