History of the town you live in .... any interest in it at all?

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  1. Dr. Tweedbucket

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    I hated history in school, but now it seems fascinating, :huh especially the last couple hundred years in how things developed from the 1800s up until present day. All I can say is, man are we ever spoiled!! :eeks

    I'll start.

    You can thank Akron, Oh for your rubber bands and other rubbery products.... well, past generations I suppose.

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  2. Frankee

    Frankee Wartime Consigliere

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    Since I'm from York it's hard not to be interested in its history as its 2000 years old and littered with Roman, Viking, Norman and later stuff.
     
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    Sure, I like the history of my little town.
     
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    Was the first modern post-war planned community in America. Before Robert E. Simon bought the land from A. Smith Bowman (Bowman Distillery) was owned by C. A. Wiehle, and before that Lord Fairfax.

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reston,_Virginia
     
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    I live in a pretty cool little town with lots of history.

    When the Union Army was chasing the Confederates towards New York the garrison
    in the town across the river burned the bridge across the Susquehanna River.

    Confederates had to turn around and the Union caught up with them at Gettysburg...

    Every now & then someone will dig up a body of a long missing veteran.

    There's remains of a canal that George Washington surveyed at the bottom of my street.
     
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    Our town has a pretty interesting past, with several Civil War battlefields and stuff. Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and the site of the Battle Above the Clouds are all just a few minutes away.

    We also have this weirdness:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Chattanooga
    http://video.wtcitv.org/video/2365460597/

    The downtown area was built on a low, wide plain beside the Tennessee River. Prior to the TVA dam system being built, the river would often leave its banks and flood a wide swath of downtown. Eventually leaders decided the answer was to build up the low-lying streets with permanent fill material. Along the main thoroughfares, the first floor of many buildings became a basement and the second floor became the new first floor. Several of these buildings have very grand basements, especially compared to their lobbies.
     
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    My town was founded in 1040, got quite some history to it, it's very interesting stuff.

    I love walking around here, a fortress built in the 1200's.
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    I live in an unincorporated Maryland suburb of Washington DC that consists of cookie cutter houses. However, some of the best honky tonks in history (the Dixie Pig, the Crossroads, Chick Hall's surf Club, and several others) were located 10 minutes from my house. There are also dueling grounds and political./government stuff too, but those aren't as important.
     
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    I like this picture. A statue of Constantine the Great (who was proclaimed emperor of the Roman Empire in 306 AD close to that spot) in front of the medieval cathedral which is the largest north of the Alps. The statue is from the 1960s I think not an original Roman one.

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    I'd love to see that! :eeks
     
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    I live in John Hinkley Jr.'s hometown. :banana
     
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