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How Old Is Your Hometown?  
User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

How is the town you're living in?

When I ask "how old" I mean the first "namely mention" in history, i.e. from what date is the first historical document that mentions the city with a name similar to its current name.

My city, Frankfurt am Main, has become 1209 years old this year. It's first mentioned with the name "Franconovurd" in a deed of gift by Karl the Great in 794.

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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

As far as I know....the town I was born in was first mentioned in 1880.

I was born in Chapleau, Ontario, Canada this is an old railway town C.P. Railway - it is located 100 miles NE (as the crow flies) of Sault Ste Marie. By road the distance from Sault Ste Marie is 190 miles. Currently there are less than 3,000 people and this beautiful place is surrounded by lakes & forests.....it is the ideal place for fisherman & hunters.

There is a fantastic web site that you can visit:


"One other nice thing........there are lots & lots of float planes!"

Phyllis  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2361 times:

First definite mention of Brussels as a city is in 977AD, when Otto II gave a chunk of land to Carl of France. Back then it was called "The Island Of St Gorik", after a preacher who founded a chapel there about 400 years previously.

Cunning linguist
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17596 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

My town was settled in the 1600s by Dutch settlers.

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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2351 times:

same age as the doomsday book  Smile

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6543 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

My hometown turned 1000 years old in '97, so it would be 1006 this year.

User currently offlineCanyonBlue From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2336 times:

Rochester, New York is about 250 years old er so...... I think.

Any other Rochestarians out there can give a better figure?

User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

My hometown was Est. in 1711

User currently offlineFightingfalcon From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Don't know about Binz just so...
But Zurich was Turricum for the Romans and for the Kelts (?, "Kelten") already befor Christ. First mentioned as Zurich in 929 though.


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User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

First mention of where I now live was in the 7th century when a monk from Iona settled there and preached the good book to the pagan Picts

User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2317 times:

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French Explorer, landed in Detroit and established a fort in 1701. This makes Detroit 302 years old.

User currently offlineGloBaLeXpResS From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2002, 251 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

Newcastle Upon Tyne: 43AD, beyond the Romans and Anglo' lot. We had some bother with the Vikings too  Smile

I love my city.

User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

Sydney was founded in 1843.

My town of Kirribilli (Abogininal meaning "Good Fishing Hole") was founded in 1854 when Adolphus Frederic Feez purchased for 200 pounds an area of approximately half a hectare at Kirribilli Point. Now practically half of Kirribilli is taken up by the Sydney residences of The Prime Minister and the Governor General.


User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8657 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2309 times:

London is the oldest permanently inhabited city in the world. In fact, to give some weight to the topic, I moved TODAY ladies and gents to central (Belsize Park) London from the suburbs (Epsom) where I've been most of my life, and to live near a tube and not be surrounded by dickheads is a huge result. London's the best city in the world, the size and density of the place is just mindblowing. It never ceases to amaze me, and even if it's the grubbiest and worst-run city in Europe, it's still the most vibrant and fantastic place. It's New York (London's only rival) but with more depth, history style and class.

Byblos Lebanon (where the Bible is named after) also makes the claim of "oldest permanently inhabited" but there's about 50,000 people there and London's got 18 million so we'd probably beat them in a fight. Although Byblos, which I've visited, is pretty awesome, you can see Biblical, Roman and Ottoman ruins without turning your head, while standing on a Crusader castle. Better than Disneyland!

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User currently offlineQuebecair727 From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

Montreal, founded in 1642 by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, was already a gathering place for native peoples. It was then called Hochelaga. The first european name of Hochelaga was Ville-Marie (City of Mary) and later changed its name for Montreal.

For my part, I've been living all my life in Montreal, mainly in the eastern part of the city. At the moment, I live about a mile north of the Olympic Stadium.

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4706 posts, RR: 39
Reply 15, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2299 times:

My current hometown (Dortmund), nowadays a city of about 600.000 inhabitants, was founded by two monks coming from England in about 700. They opened a monastery to convert the heathen Saxons to Christianity. Both were killed a few years later by irate villagers from nearby settlements. Maybe they pursued their work a bit too fanatical. Big grin

The first official mentioning of the city name (at that time spelled "Trothmani") in a document cites the date of 899.

My hometown in the sense of "town where I was born and grew up" is a small village of about 20.000 people. It was mentioned in official documents for the first time about 1000 A.D. .

Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9428 posts, RR: 39
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2296 times:

My little town was first mentioned in 1158 and became a city in 1252. But the most important thing was first mentioned in 1351 - our beer!

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

Guess I'm the only one here who'se older than the city he lives in?
Almere, est. 1976 Big grin

Indeed 1976. They started building a few years earlier but 1976 was the year the first citizens officially came to live here. 25th aniversary was reason for big celebrations in 2001, with the city giving everyone an unwanted present by introducing parking fees for the first time  Laugh out loud

[Edited 2003-07-13 06:58:41]

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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2284 times:

When the English and Indians settled our town in the 1700s, the Seneca Indians named it 'Rochester'....which the roughly translated means "crappy city"

Rochester Historian

America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 36
Reply 19, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2280 times:

My town is kind of hard to describe. Its in Dallas city limits, all our mail is addressed to Dallas, but we have our own mayor, city council, cops, etc. It was founded in 1924, shortly after the formation of Southern Millionaires...errr...Methodist University.

America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineKCLE From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 686 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

Cleveland was founded in 1796. My hometown of Maple Heights, was founded in 1928.

User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

QF Forever - check your history mate.

*how embarrassing*

Doesn't 1788 spring to your mind, not to mention a decade earlier at Botany Bay??



User currently offlineKimmykun From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 445 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

My turn, I guess. The current San Germán, Puerto Rico was founded in 1573. The original village was founded in 1511, but was raided by the French in 1528. Eventually, the residents came together on the Santa Marta hills in the southwestern part of the island in 1570. After several attemps, the town was officially founded three years later. The town was named after Germain de Foix, King Ferdinand of Spain's second wife. So my town is 430 years old. Or 492. I guess it depends on how you look at it...

[Edited 2003-07-13 10:59:40]

User currently offlineErj190 From Portugal, joined Dec 2000, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

The place where I live, Setubal, Portugal, According to Greek records referring to Phoenicians, started to be known as the place where a colony the Bastulum-Phoenicians lived. Therefore we are talking about 800 BC, also because Carthaginian and later Romans referred to the place as an old village. Ruins from the Roman period and one ruin claimed to be Carthaginian still exist.


User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7814 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2231 times:
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