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Old 08-11-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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Sort of like a Colonial Williamsburg for the 50's? It would make a good tourist attraction, but then that would ruin the ambiance.
Hey can you retrofit those cool classic cars with air conditioning?
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If not, you'd have a hard time getting a lot of people to drive one
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People like that are the ones with no intrest in classic vehicles or much of anything classic.

BTW, there are "aftermarket" heaters and A/C's that call be made to fit in most any older vehicle.
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I know a few towns in northern new hampshire that are stuck in the 1930's. Mills closed and so has nearly everything else.
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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I know a few towns in northern new hampshire that are stuck in the 1930's. Mills closed and so has nearly everything else.
A ghost town. I love to expore those.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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I recently spent some time in south central Colorado (San Luis Valley) and a couple of towns there seem close to fitting the bill, especially Monte Vista. I felt like I was in some other decade. Lots of old-school downtown businesses, kids playing in the park, neighbors talking over the fence, other groups walking to the downtown movie theater or other places. No overrun of box stores or fast food joints. There is also a drive-in movie theater still in use with an old-time snack bar the likes of which I've not seen in 20 years. The local Latino culture seemed to include quite a few old cars. Yard sales, vegetable stands, church bake sales. Lots of people using the library. It felt like at least the early 70's. All against the backdrop of the beautiful Colorado mountains.
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Old 08-15-2011, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Next stop Antarctica
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One very small town i visited in N.C, called Pittsboro, beautiful small town with the 50's 60's feel about it, had a great Icecream parlour.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Many towns and villages in the Ozarks haven't changed much since the Civil War. Modern conveniences but "old world" ideals.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Oregon woods
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The place you are looking for is only in your mind. It never really existed like that. The 50s good-ol-days nostalgia thing only works if you're white and somewhere near middle class. However here is one rule for looking for good backwater towns; they must be at LEAST 70 miles from the nearest interstate, major airport, national park or 4-lane state hiway. There must be no universities nearby, no major industry. A strong presence of old ladies (65+) is a good sign, they're the culture keepers for that era. Churches are a strong community glue, even if you don't attend, active churches mean a cohesive community, as do service clubs (Lions, Rotary, JayCees). AS far as the styles and cars and all that, I think maybe a cosplay group is what you need. Get a bunch of like-minded people together and buy up an old dying town and make it how YOU want. Just saying. Paradise is not out there, it's in your head, you have to make it happen.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:28 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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The place you are looking for is only in your mind. It never really existed like that. The 50s good-ol-days nostalgia thing only works if you're white and somewhere near middle class. However here is one rule for looking for good backwater towns; they must be at LEAST 70 miles from the nearest interstate, major airport, national park or 4-lane state hiway. There must be no universities nearby, no major industry. A strong presence of old ladies (65+) is a good sign, they're the culture keepers for that era. Churches are a strong community glue, even if you don't attend, active churches mean a cohesive community, as do service clubs (Lions, Rotary, JayCees). AS far as the styles and cars and all that, I think maybe a cosplay group is what you need. Get a bunch of like-minded people together and buy up an old dying town and make it how YOU want. Just saying. Paradise is not out there, it's in your head, you have to make it happen.
Not! It's there. You just have to know where.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:16 PM
 
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Exactly what you are looking for...Geneva-on-the-lake, OH. Cool 50s themed town.
Also, a guy in Rogersville, TN built a functional 50s town in his backyard. Opens it to the public once a year.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:01 PM
 
Location: IN
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Wolfeboro, NH comes to mind.
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