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Discussion in 'The Other Stuff' started by bud121156, Jul 10, 2014.
Gee whiz, Breaking Away is a classic!
We were named the #1 place to raise a family in the US (family circle) in 2011.
Now Jenny McCarthy and Donny whalburg live here and apparently have some lame D list reality tv show. Otherwise it's a really nice town
Helen Keller's birthplace, WC Handy's birthplace, we have a Frank Lloyd Wright home, and music is a pretty big deal here (there's a documentary on Netflix if you're into that kind of thing -- "Muscle Shoals").
Henry Ford wanted to make our area "Little Detroit" and the government shut him down. We have sidewalks that lead to nowhere for the city he wanted that never quite was. Streets named after places in Detroit.
I like my area.
I was raised in Strasburg, CO, where the rails truly linked the east to the west. If you are travelling through, stop by and see the museum. Don't blink, or you will miss it.
Brunswick County, VA Brunswick Stew.
We aren't "famous" for anything! Nothing! Zero! We do have these 5,000 year old petroglyphs that people like to come and see. During the Yukon gold rush of the 1890's, some people got as far as here and said, "To hell with it, this is as far as I'm going", and stayed. There is supposedly buried treasure here somewhere from 'Brother X11', you'll have to look that up. Oh! Hippies! We have a lot of hippies! An island the size of Manhattan with 4,000 people. Not too hard to tell that not a whole lot goes on here. Captain Cook set foot here once, scored some reefer from the hippies and left.
A few things things. Actually surprising for a relatively small town. We HAD two large glass bottle factories, one of which was the largest in the country and both together employed thousands of people and got the town labeled as the glass capital of the world.
Also three persons who called Streator home:
Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto,
Clarence Mulford wrote the Hopalong Cassidy books,
and Burton (Burt) Baskin was co-founder of Baskin Robins ice cream chain
The three most notable things would probably be
1: the home of Les Schwab Tires
2: the oldest municipality owned and still operating railroad
3: the headquarters of the Ochoco National Forest
Wine, wine and more wine. Oh and old Fort George from the way of 1812. That's about it her in Niagara.
Well, since my previous answer -- Laurel, MS, home of Leontyne Price and Masonite -- something new has popped up, a new program on HGTV called Home Town that is taping episodes now and will air beginning in 2017. They had a pilot episode on January 24 that ran again a few weeks later, and it got really high ratings so HGTV picked it up for a series. The hosts, Erin and Ben Napier, are doing a great job helping folks move back into the historic district. Everyone is very proud and excited. Y'all be sure and watch the show when it starts!
Not much...but we have Salt Road, which has a real salt spring along it, and Basket Road, which at one point housed some pretty major basket manufacturing. Now we are home to the defunct Xerox Corp, the even more defunct Kodak Corp (Rochester) and an ever declining technology sector.
At one point though Rochester had the highest number of HAM radio licensees per capita in the world due to all the engineers and other geeks living here for Xerox, Kodak, Harris, etc.
Conyers, Georgia most famous for the 1996 Olympics. We hosted the equestrian events. The facility is one of just a few major horse parks left in the US. http://www.georgiahorsepark.com/
Lots of events are still there plus a golf course and bike trails. An interesting side item is that many horse people camp on the property. There are full hookups for RV's. However, no one brings a PUP. Usually massive class A's.
Grass Valley, CA. Gold Country. Known for gold mining.
Birthplace of Gifford Pinchot (August 11, 1865 October 4, 1946) was an American forester and politician. Pinchot served as the first Chief of the United States Forest Service from 1905 until his firing in 1910.
We are also proudly home to The Pinchot Sycamore, the largest tree in his native state of Connecticut and second-largest sycamore on the Atlantic coast, still stands in Simsbury. The house where Pinchot was born belonged to his grandfather, Captain Elisha Phelps, and is also on the National Register of Historic Places here.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage and Denise Richards
The original home of Dollar General Stores.
The Turner family has donated a lot to this community.
Supposedly, long ago, Cal Turner agreed to never put a Dollar General in Bentonville, AK and Sam Walton would never put a Walmart in Scottsville, KY.
The Original Jungle Jim's International Market
I need to road trip to have my Jungle Jim/Ikea fix!
Home of the world famous Grand Ole Opry