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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7906 posts, RR: 14
Posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4004 times:

I was reading one of the local papers today while on dinner break at work at I found out something interesting about my town.

So what makes your town famous, or what random little tidbit can you share.

My hometown (of almost a year now) is Charlottesville, VA.

What I learned today is that it has the longest name of any city in the US. I don't believe the hyphenated names like Winston-Salem count.

It is home to three US Presidents, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.

It is home to the oldest public university in the United States, the University of Virginia... which was largely developed by Thomas Jefferson.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
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User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3994 times:

Palos Park, IL, had the oldest full-time police officer and the oldest Mayor ever to serve. I believe those are correct, but don't quote me.


User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3986 times:

Lake Zurich Illinois...the Apline Village. Not much to say about it. Though our new lakefront promenade is now open.  Big thumbs up


B4e-Forever New Frontiers

User currently offlinePendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3982 times:

Hmmm...DesertJets, dont want to be contradictory...but I think that UNC is the oldest public university in the counry , correct me if I'm wrong. From UNC's website "The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the nation's first state university to open its doors and the only public university to award degrees in the 18th century. "

User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3971 times:

Huyton (near Liverpool) was where footballers Steven Gerrard and Joey Barton were born.

Former prime minister Harold Wilson was an MP here in the '60's.

User currently offlineKimmykun From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3968 times:

San Germán is the 2nd oldest settlement in Puerto Rico. The town was founded in 1573; 203 years before the US.

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3952 times:

Off the top of my head, Windsor is home to the busiest border crossing in North America (and the world?), as well as being the automotive capital of Canada. Big grin


Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3953 times:

I dunno...

uhh, the Castle was owned by King Henry VIII who stayed there frequently, its now the second best hotel in the world according to some American travel magazine... Uhh, the town is the same age as the Doomsday book.... It was a market town until a couple of years ago.

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

I live in La Palma, which is the smallest incorporated city in Orange County: 1.5 square miles.

[Edited 2003-06-28 16:17:17]

User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3931 times:

I'm in the "Aviation Subdivision" of Dearborn, MI, appropriately named as Henry Ford scraped a small strip here to which they would "test-fly" airplanes from what is now the FoMoCo test track across from Greenfield Village a few miles away. Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum (recently renamed "The Henry Ford") is the most-visited historical landmark in North America, and Detroit-Dearborn currently has the highest concentration of Arabic Peoples in North America.

My winter home was (briefly) the former capital of the state of Tennessee, but is much more known for the Civil War Battle of Murfreesboro, or, Battle of Stone's River, depending on whether you are of the Yank or Reb persuasion.

And...unfortunately, my original hometown of Coral Gables, FL was rumored to be one of the most racist cities in the US back in the 1940s-50s (I know I saw some BAD things there, even in the late 1950s). Regards...Jack

all best; jack
User currently offlineHoons90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3374 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

Seoul, the 4th largest city in the world, if you include the urban population.
In 1988, the Olympics were held in Seoul.
In 2002, the World Cup opening ceremony was in Seoul.
In 2001, a completely new airport, was built in Incheon, this airport serves both the Seoul and Incheon area.
Seoul has been the capital of Korea for 611 years, when Chosun was founded in 1392. It was called Hanyang, but then changed it's name to Seoul sometime in the 20th century.

The biggest mistake made by most human beings: Listening to only half, understanding just a quarter and telling double.
User currently offlineTheGov From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 424 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

Covington, TN, where I was born and raised:

Home of Charms Candy Company, inventor of the Blow-Pop and the only place in the world where they are made.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Blow-Pop, it is a candy sucker with bubble gum in the middle.

Always a pallbearer, never a corpse.
User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 14128 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3897 times:

Last time this topic came up, I put something about Portland having the only inactive volcano within the boarders, but I was corrected. So: Yes, Mt. Tabor is an inactive volcano that sits in inner Southeast, but is not the only inactive volcano within a city limits. Also, when the Blue Line extention was built to Hillsboro, it had the deepest station stop in North America at Washington Park--something like 400 feet below the surface. Portland also has the smallest park in the world: Mill Ends Park, a mere 18 inches in diameter.

I actually live in Vancouver, the north suburb. The fort is still standing, and still has a small Army base nearby. In 1932, three Russians flew from Moscow over the North Pole and landed here at Pearson Airport. It took them over 60 hours to do it. Other than that, Vancouver is suburbia to the hilt!


Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3893 times:

Rochester, NY.

Famous people:

George Eastman - inventor of camera and founder of Eastman Kodak (Still headquartered in ROC to this day)

Bausch and Lomb - If you wear contacts you know what theses guys helped make!

Susan B. Anthony - Actually from Seneca Falls, NY but buried in Mt. Hope cemetery in ROC

Frederick Douglas - Abolishionist, also lived in ROC and buried in Mt. Hope cemetery.

Famous things:





Zwiegles hots! Genny Beer! Trash plates! PGA Championship at Oak Hill!
Come one! Come all!

And we got pretty decent places around ROC Int'l to spot too!

User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3881 times:


Where the Mayflower sailed to America from.

Where King Canute tried to turn back the tide. (We also have 2 high tides per day too).

User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4163 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3870 times:

Nobody knows for a fact who Dallas was named after (There are several possibilities, but historians have yet to pinpoint the right person)

User currently offlineJanne From Sweden, joined Sep 2001, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3872 times:

How about my hometown, Stockholm, Sweden.
I believe that the angels came down from the sky in the year of 1200
and pronounced that Stockholm should be the ruler of the Universe.
Me mad? Get out of here!
p.s. It's saturday evening here in Stockholm right now and ...

User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7906 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (12 years 11 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3845 times:

Pendrilsaint: I am aware of UNC's founding date and I have heard a few stories regarding it as well. Without having looked into the history of UNC, which I may well get around to, I believe it was originally founded as a religious affiliated school... not 100% certain on that. Prior to the Dartmouth case in the USSC in 1818, the boundary between public and private was pretty blurred. UVA would certainly then win. Even then the College of William and Mary was founded in 1698, 2nd oldest institution of higher ed and oldest college in the US, but did not become part of the public system in Virginia until the early 20th century.

Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineFightingfalcon From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3825 times:

Lake Zurich? I guess that must have been founded (do you use that word for towns) by imigrants form Switzerland, I guess. I life almost in Zurich...


Well, it's population has grown from 600 to more than 2000 in about 10 years... Small numbers but a big increase...

We have somebody in the Guinness Book of Records for making the longest soap bubbles in the world (some meters long...).

Zurich has more things, but I don't actually life there...


Imprezas rule!!
User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2269 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3825 times:

Houston, TX

*Second only to NYC in the number of theatre seats (not movies, but Broadway-style, opera, ballet, etc.).

*Wells Fargo Plaza (972 ft/296 m) - Tallest curved and glass building in the world (I think it's disputable).

*Williams Tower (902 ft/275 m) - Tallest building surrounded by grass.

*Texas Medical Center - Largest medical complex in the world.

*The city has NO zoning laws

"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4053 posts, RR: 52
Reply 20, posted (12 years 11 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3794 times:

Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK.

The guy who played Jon Luc Picard in Star Trek was born here in the Four Gables Hospital - which is now a Dr. Banardos home.

It's claimed to be the biggest village in the UK - even though it is bigger than some towns, it's still classed as a village.

Dusty Bin (from the gameshow 321) was invented/built here and now lives in the village museum.

The "32" end of LBA's runway is in Horsforth, the other end "14" and the terminal is in the next town called Yeadon.

The oldest pub is about 400+ years old and is still standing and still serving beer to this day and I believe it still has the same name !!.

James Milner - the new Leeds United star is from here and attended Horsforth School.

There is an area called "Hunger Hills" and it got the name from the deaths of some coal miners who were trapped in a collapsed coal mine a few hundred years ago and starved to death - hence the name.

Thats about all I can think of.


"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3784 times:

I live in a town west of Detroit called Novi.

It is called Novi because it originall was No. VI (number six) or the sixth stop on the train between Detroit and Lansing. The Novi Special race car is named after our town, and it was constructed here.

Facts about Detroit:

Bill Boeing was born in Detroit.

Vernors Ginger Ale was invented here.

Sander's Candy and Hot Fudge (some know it) was invented here.

Techno was invented here by some High School students in their Garage.

Detroit was the first city in the world to issue individual Telephone numbers to homes and businesses.

Ford Motor Company is based here, and the World's first assembly line started right here.

General Motors and Chrysler are also based here.

Sebastian S. Kresge founded his first S.S. Kresge store here, which later became K-Mart.

Joesph Lowthian Hudson founded Hudson's Downtown Detroit Department Store, Until its closure in 1983, it was the largest department store in the world. Hudson's later merged into Dayton Corp, and is now called Marshall Fields.

Detroit Metro Airport is a hub for Northwest and Spirit Airlines.

The first international auto tunnel ever built, connecting Detroit, MI and Windsor, ON, was built under the Detroit River.

The first international rail tunnel was built connecting the same two cities under the same river in 1879.

The nation's first regularly scheduled passenger air service started between Detroit and Grand Rapids, MI in 1926.

Motown Music, invented right here.

User currently offlineCMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3780 times:

I assume you mean the longest single word city in the US, because otherwise Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and Battle Moutain, Nevada have you beat.
Oh and my town of Rye, New York has the Rye Square House, where supposedly George Washington and Lafyette stayed as well as Rye Playland with one of the oldest wooden roller coasters, it sucks though.
DC-10's Forever

"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3772 times:

Siegen, Germany
- We have the largest round iron gascontainer in the world
- Peter Paul Rubens was born here in 1556 (or was it later?)
- We have the highest Autobahn bridge in Germany
- The famous Siegerländer Schwarzbrot is only backed here
- Siegen was the first city ever where Paul McCartney showed his paintings


User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 11 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3770 times:

Another pointless fact about Huyton, it was one of the stations on the first railway in the world (Liverpool - Manchester).

25 Post contains images Paulc : Winchester, Hampshire, UK Was the capital of UK before London - King Alfred burnt the cakes here Its Norman cathedral has the longest knave in Europe
26 Goingboeing : Kansas City - second only to Rome for the most fountains.
27 MELflyer : Melbourne has the biggest population of greeks anywhere in the world outside greece!! Maybe thats why it's so easy to get souvlaki's here.
28 Post contains links Qb001 : Montréal, Second largest French city in the world, after Paris; A vast underground city to fight cold weather. Actually, you can live your entire lif
29 Post contains images SIA Fan : Madison, Wis: - Named after former US President James Madison - The Wisconsin state capitol has the largest dome of any state capitol in US (second on
30 USAFHummer : -ESPN's Suzy Kolber graduated from my old high school Greg
31 Ybacpa : Central NJ = Dull, boring, uninspired names for towns. Seriously, we have a town named after the color of the dirt (Red Bank), a town that happen to b
32 Qantas744 : Feltham, London, UK Home to Freddie Mercury whan he and his family first arrived in the UK in the 1950's. Also home to the second highest level of rai
33 MSYtristar : A few facts about New Orleans, LA..... 1) Home to more National Historical Sights than any other city in the U.S 2) Most of the city is BELOW sea leve
34 Doug_or : PDX most strippers per capita in the US (we beat LAS and RNO!)
35 USAir1489 : We're named after dirt (Marlton).
36 Marcus : Tijuana.........home town 1.- World's bussiest border crossing stations (car and pedestrians) 2.- TV manufacturing capital of the world 3.- "Compañia
37 LOT767-300ER : Schaumburg, Illinois -First accredited police agency in Illinois -Home of Motorola Corporation
38 Elwood64151 : Kansas City, MO Home of the restaurant this is, according to the New Yorker magazine, "Simply the best restaurant in the world. Period." Arthur Bryant
39 Pacificjourney : KC, MO "Simply the best restaurant in the world. Period." That's a hell of a claim. What's the big deal about this place ?
40 Post contains links and images AOMlover : Toulon The biggets French military harbour, and the sunniest French city (it almost NEVER rains). Many beautiful beachs... About 160 000 persons live
41 Gunships : Although I don't live there anymore, my hometown of Allentown, PA was where the Colonists hid the Liberty Bell when the British were advancing on Phil
42 Post contains images TriStar500 : My former hometown and birthplace (20.000 inhabitants) has the oldest prestressed concrete bridge in the world (I can almost hear y'all gasp). It was
43 Post contains images RayChuang : Mountain View, California: 1. The heart of the Internet revolution: Netscape and Sun Microsystems started here. Also, a major portion of the 3-D compu
44 Marcus : Almost forgot............ Tijuana 1.- Birthplace of the Caesar Salad 2.- Birthplace of the Margarita
45 N863DA : Port St Joe, FL: The place where the Florida Constitution was signed, and the location of the State Capitol until a nasty bout of Yellow Fever, along
46 IMissPiedmont : The town nearest me has something no other can, or will, ever have. That being a Titan II missle silo you can go into. Much more if you care to look,
47 Hartsfieldboy : I have two hometowns. Atlanta: -Coca-cola invented here -The first atrium hotel in the world (Grand Hyatt, downtown) -First revolving restaurant (Pola
48 RayPettit : Woking, Surrey, England Originally sited about two or three miles south, but a huge cemetry was built to accommodate the dead from London and these bo
49 Dutchwings : Hilversum, Noord-Holland, Netherlands... It's where all the television stations of the Netherlands are located, and the city where Pim Fortuyn was sho
50 Vafi88 : Denver, Colorado....the only place in the world where the weather can change COMPLETELY in 5 minutes. It was 96* or so at the end of MAY 2 years ago,
51 Yak42 : Well over 1500 people have been killed in sectarian hostilities over thirty years here in Belfast. Belfast is divided between Catholic and Protestant
52 QANTASFOREVER : N312RC, One of my children is names Novi. How weird. Anyway. Sydney * My local member is The Rt. Hon. John Howard MP - Prime Minister of Australia * S
53 Dazeflight : Leipzig, Germany 1st Tradefair worldwide (1497) 1st daily newspaper worldwide (1650) 2nd University worldwide (1409) ciao Daniel
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