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Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:59 pm

There was somebody who once made a project of visiting every single city in the whole State of Washington.

I do not think that is a viable sort of prospect here in California; but I have decided that I want to set foot in all 58 of our counties!!

Here are the ones I have been to so far:

San Diegy
Orange (Newport Beach)
Los Angeles (Malibu)
Ventura (Moorpark, just stepped off of the train for a few minutes)
Santa Barbara
Monterey (King City, the Amtrak bus to Santa Barbara stopped at the rest stop)
Santa Cruz (they got hippies down there) (but yummy squash soup at the New Leaf natural food store)
Santa Clara (Palo Alto has an historic post office on Hamilton Avenue)
San Mateo (checked out the funky houses in Pacifica)
San Francisco (gross)
Marin
Sonoma
Alameda (am there as I type this)
Contra Costa
Solano (the Vallejo ferry, took the VINE bus up to Napa)
yeah, Napa
San Joaquin (took the Ace train from San Jose to Stockton (then Amtrak south to B'field)
Kern (B'field!)
Fresno (stepped off the train on the way!)
Sacramento
Placer (my company used to have an ops center in silly Roseville)

Only 37 more to go! Where should I go next?

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Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:05 pm

The States I've lived in....

Washington State
Kitsap
Pierce
King
Mason
Jefferson
Kittias
Snohomish
Whatcom
Thurston
Spokane

Arizona
Maricopa
Pinal
Pima
Coconino
Yavapai

Colorado
Jefferson
Denver
Adams
...and some more I cannot remember.....
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Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:20 pm

Every one in Michigan. The last one was Benzie.
 
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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:37 pm

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
Non-U.S. residents: What do you have to say for yourselves?

In the UK we have counties too, many of which are referred to as Shires (yes, like Lord of the Rings), such as Warwickshire. At a guess I'd say I've visited around 50, maybe a few less, but most by accident when just passing through on trains, buses or by car.
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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:43 pm

Plymmy-baby, I have read about these shires and I find them most confusing. (Setting aside my confusion at you flying the flag of Spain...)

It seems like not every place in England is within a shire? (Whereas, you can't be in the Continental U.S. (with the lone exception of D.C.) and not be in a state.) Or, some shires have legislative authoritah and other shires don't? And there's something called non-metropolitan shires, and other localities in England are "boroughs" and "parishes."

 

I do not want to sound like another parochial "why can't every country be just like ours" American, but I gots to say, as someone who enjoys the study of Informamation Archimatecture, UK local government looks a frightful mess, when compared to ours (yeah I said it).

Town/City --> County/Parish/Borough --> State --> Nation --> Me.

That's the power structure and it's that simple.
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Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:50 pm

I live in California.

Los Angeles Co. where I live
Orange
San Diego
Imperial
Riverside
San Bernardino
Ventura
Kern
Tulare
San Lois Obispo
Santa Barbara
Kings
Fresno
Monterey
Santa Clara
Stanislaus
Merced
Madera
San Joaquin
Sacramento
El Dorado
Sutter
Yuba
Butte
Yolo
Solano
Contra Costa
Alameda
Santa Cruz
San Mateo
San Francisco
Sonoma
Napa
Placer
Nevada
Sierra
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Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:51 pm



Might be a bit difficult to see, but I've been to all the ones in solid yellow, solid red, solid black. I've passed through others, but I don't count them has having been in them. In Argentina provinces are a union of departamentos (departments), which are much bigger than counties, the exception being BuenosAires province where departments are called partidos (games), which are smaller.

In my province I've been to over half: Capital, Guaymallen, Las Heras, San Martin, Lavalle, Lujan de Cuyo, Santa Rosa, La Paz, Godoy Cruz, Maipu.

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Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:28 pm

Hmmmm....my state? Lets see:

Delaware, I've been to all 3
-Sussex
-Kent
-New Castle

At school in WV I've been to many
-Monongalia
-Preston
-Harrison
-Marion
-Lewis
-Gilmer
-Kanawha
-Nicholas
-Mercer
-Fayette
-Clay
-Boone
-Ohio
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Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:50 pm

I live in New Jersey which has 21 counties. I believe from my recall, that I have been (or at least driven through) at least 16"

Bergen, Passaic (both live/lived in), Sussex, Morris, Hudson, Essex, Union, Warren, Somerset, Hunterton, Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic, Camden, Cape May.

I believe the only 3 I have not been in over my life are in the southwestern part of the state: Cumberland, Gloucster, Salem
 
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Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:54 pm

I've been to every county in Massachusetts, most of CT and Albany/Rensselaer, Suffolk county and whatever county Buffalo is located in, in NY.
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Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:19 pm

Quoting Airstud (Reply 4):
UK local government looks a frightful mess

The whole thing can be a trifle confusing, though it's best not to worry about it if it has no effect on you or your daily life. The flamingo approach is the best I guess  

As for here and the counties...

Greater Manchester (Duh! I live here)
Lancashire
West Yorkshire
East Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
North Yorkshire
Cumbria
Norfolk
Suffolk
Cheshire
Staffordshire
Merseyside
Nottinghamshire
Derbyshire
Hertfordshire
Greater London
Avon & Bristol (Lived here too)
Somerset (And here, well my house straddled the border)
Dorset
Wiltshire
Kent
West Sussex (Yup lived here as well)
East Sussex
Berkshire
Bedfordshire
Gwent
Clwyd
Gwynedd
Powys
Cleveland (now part of Durham)
Durham
Tyne & Wear
Northumberland
Dumfries & Galloway
South Ayr
Easy Ayr
South Lanarkshire
Glasgow
East Dunbartonshire
Stirling

And Jersey & Guernsey, if they count  

Cant really comment on Northern Ireland as only stayed in Belfast.

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Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:22 pm

New York has 62 counties, I've been to 38 of them. Here's the list...

Nassau (born & raised there)
Suffolk
Queens
Brooklyn (Kings County)
Bronx
Manhattan (New York County)
Staten Island (Richmond County)
Westchester
Rockland
Putnam
Orange
Dutchess
Sullivan
Ulster
Columbia
Greene
Albany
Rensselaer
Schoharie
Delaware
Schenectady
Montgomery
Herkimer
Oneida
Onondaga
Cayuga
Seneca
Ontario
Monroe
Genesee
Niagara
Erie
Broome
Tioga
Chemung
Steuben
Cortland
Tompkins
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Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:24 pm

I wanted to edit my above post but it's gone all weird so I'll have to post an addendum... (oh la-di-da, big words from me today)  

Those counties were all visited and not just whizzing by in a car or train, or overflying in a plane.

Some have since been amalgamated into other counties since around 1998 they changed a few around.

As for my favourite ones? I'd have to say

Cumberland, Avon & Somerset and North Wales.

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Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:58 pm

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 8):

I believe the only 3 I have not been in over my life are in the southwestern part of the state: Cumberland, Gloucster, Salem

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Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:32 pm

Oh boy, let's try Texas:
Anderson
Archer
Armstrong
Atascosa
Bell
Bexar
Blanco
Bowie
Brazos
Brooks
Burnet
Callahan
Cameron
Cherokee
Childress
Clay
Collin
Comal
Cooke
Coryell
Culberson
Dallas
Dallasm
Deaf Smith
Delta
Denton
Donley
Eastland
Ector
El Paso
Ellis
Erath
Falls
Fort Bend
Franklin
Freestone
Galveston
Gillespie
Grayson
Gregg
Grimes
Guadeloupe
Hall
Hamilton
Hardeman
Harris
Harrison
Hartley
Hays
Henderson
Hidalgo
Hill
Hood
Hopkins
Howard
Hudspeth
Hunt
Jack
Jeff Davis (Yes, a county named after Jefferson Davis. There is also a town named Robert E. Lee)
Jim Wells
Johnson
Kaufman
Kenedy
Kerr
Kimble
Kleberg
Lamar
Lampasas
Leon
Live Oak
Llano
Madison
Martin
Mason
McLennan
Medina
Midland
Mitchell
Montague
Montgomery
Moore
Morris
Navarro
Navarro
Nolan
Nueces
Oldham
Palo Pinto
Parker
Potter
Potter
Randall
Reeves
Rockwall
San Saba
Smith
Sumervell
Tarrant
Taylor
Titus
Travis
Van Zandt
Walker
Waller
Ward
Washington
Wichita
Wilbarger
Willacy
Williamson
Wise

So I have been to 112 of Texas's 254 counties.

In the other states I have lived, here are the lists:
Vermont:
Caledonia
Chittenden
Franklin
Orange
Orleans
Rutland
Washington
Windham
Windsor

Colorado:
Adams
Alamosa
Arapahoe
Boulder
Chaffee
Clear Creek
Conejos
Custer
Denver
Douglas
Eagle
El Paso
Fremont
Gilpin
Grand
Gunnison
Huerfano
Jefferson
La Plata
Lake
Larimer
Las Animas
Logan
Montezuma
Montrose
Morgan
Ouray
Park (Yes, there is a South Park, and yes, I have been to the South Park Bowl)
Pitkin
Pueblo
Rio Grande
Routt
Saguache
San Juan
Sedgwick
Summit
Teller
Washington
Weld

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Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:57 pm

How in gods name do you guys even remember all the names counties youve been to?

I guess you can look at google maps and see where youve been and then check the county...but I find that a bit boring.
 
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:12 am

For Washington: King, Snohomish, Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Pacific, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Clallam, Island, San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit, Chelan, Kittias, Okanogan, Grant, Yakima, Douglas.

I think that's pretty much it. I've been to quite a few in California, but can't remember all of them because I haven't lived there for almost 10 years.
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:17 am

Quoting Airstud (Thread starter):
silly Roseville

I lived in Roseville and neighboring Rocklin for over 20 years. What is "silly" about Roseville? As soon as I'm out of school here in Reno, I plan to move back. Love the area.

Similar to what LOT said, I'm not about to pull up CA, NV, and MI maps (states I've visited most) and figure out what counties I've been to. There's just to many. However, I can tell you I've lived in Placer County and currently in Washoe County. I regularly drive through Storey County, Lyon County, Churchill County, and Douglas County for work. My parents live in Sacramento County and El Dorado County. When driving down to Sacramento, I drive also drive through Nevada County and Sierra County. Best county in NV for good fireworks, Esmeralda County.
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:14 am

My state (Tennessee): 50/96
Williamson (Where I live)
Davidson
Robertson
Sumner
Macon
Trousdale
Smith
Wilson
Clay
Rutherford
Maury
Giles
Marshall
Lincoln
Bedford
Coffee
Hickman
Dickson
Humhpreys
Henry
Perry
Decatur
Henderson
Madison
Haywood
Titpon
Shelby
Franklin
Marion
Hamilton
Cannon
Warren
Vanbuen
Dekalb
White
Cumberland
Roane
Knox
Blount
Loudon
Monroe
Sevier
Cocke
Jefferson
Hamblen
Hawkins
Sullivan
Johnson
Carter
Washington

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Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:34 am

Lordy, I could never begin to make up that list. Lots of counties in Texas (most of 'em) and California (maybe half of 'em).

But since Texan mentioned Jeff Davis County (one of the most beautiful places I know), it bears mentioning that the entire county has a population of approximately 2,200 souls, has a land area nearly as large as the state of Delaware, and has only one (1) municipality - Valentine, a town of 187 (according to the 2000 census). The county seat, Fort Davis, is a named place, but is not a town or city, because there is no governmental unit which claims it.

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Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:51 am

NSW, Australia has 152 local government areas in a land area 16% larger than Texas (NSW is our 5th largest state).

I've visited at least 140 of them (possible more), so I won't go into the names......

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Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:12 am

Roseville is silly because my employer once announced they were going to close (or rather, "sunset") our ops center there and transfer all of its functions (and all of its mainframes) to other centers.

Then we spent forty grillion dollars transferring the functions, re-ordering comms circuits, re-addressing the network, re-writing, compiling and installing about 400 new binaries onto sixty frillion dollars' worth of new mainframes in the re-christened remote data centers.

Then they decided not to close the Roseville site after all.
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:49 am

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 1):
Washington State
Kitsap
Pierce
King
Mason
Jefferson
Kittias
Snohomish
Whatcom
Thurston
Spokane

I forgot to add, since Washington State IS my homestate.... Pacific, Grays Harbor, Island, San Juan, & Skagit.
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:10 am

I have visited all 36 counties in Oregon (I lived there for 35 years, so I still think of that has home) and many counties in California:

Alameda
Butte
Colusa
Contra Costa
El Dorado
Fresno
Glenn
Kern
Kings
Lassen
Los Angeles
Madera
Mendocino
Merced
Modoc
Monterey
Napa
Orange
Placer
Riverside
Sacramento
San Bernardino
San Diego
San Francisco
San Joaquin
San Luis Obispo
San Mateo
Santa Barbara
Santa Clara
Santa Cruz
Shasta
Solano
Sonoma
Stanislaus
Tehama
Ventura
Yolo
Yuba

It helps that I drove truck, too. I know the OP was asking about home states, but I have also visited 33 of 39 counties in Washington state, 27 of 44 in Idaho, 23 of 29 in Utah, 3 boroughs of Alaska.... I have been to a total of 27 states. I don't want to think about it anymore....
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:34 am

Mine is short by comparison....

California-------

Fresno
Kings
Tulare
Kern
Inyo
Stanislaus
San Joaquin
Sacramento
Madera
Merced
San Benito
Monterey
San Luis Obispo
Santa Clara
San Mateo
Alameda
San Francisco
Marin
Contra Costa
Solano
Yolo
Sutter
Los Angeles
Riverside
Ventura
Orange
San Diego
Imperial
San Bernardino
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:29 pm

I was just finishing a vodka and tonic when I posted last night. Now that I have no such distractions, I can add Clay County, Minnesota is the only county in Minnesota I have ever been to. Funny story. Back in 1994, I was supposed to hand out with some friends who lived in Fargo, at the time. I took the train from Pasco, WA to Fargo. My mom and one brother took the train from Pendleton to Lincoln (destination: Topeka) and my dad and other brother drove from Pendleton and were headed to Michigan. I didn't know they were going to show up and I didn't know my friends I was supposed to hang out with had to go to Minneapolis for a family emergency. My dad and one brother showed up at the train station at 2AM. Me, not knowing they would be there, I was trying to find out where the bus station was. I decided to join my mom and other brother in Kansas and found out I had 4 hours before a bus headed south left. While I was figuring this out, I heard footsteps behind me. They were coming up fast, so I spun around and nearly clocked my brother. After we calmed down, we drove across the river, got a picture of Moorhead State University campus map, took a wrong turn down a one-way street, and went back to the bus station to wait for the ride from hell.

But, that is for another thread....
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:32 pm

Well, in Ireland, 'Counties' are our equivelant of States. Each coutny is then broken up into several parishes, which is more of a parochial and GAA thing.
There are 26 counties in the Republic, and 6 in Northern Ireland. We also have a few Islands off the coast, such as the Arann Islands.

The counties I've visited in the Republic are:

Clare (where I live)
Galway
Limerick
Dublin (where I used to live)
Meath (same as above)
Wicklow
Kilkenny
Wexford
Waterford
Kerry
Cork
Tiperary
Offaly
Westmeath
Roscommon
Mayo
Sligo
Kildare

I've only ever been in the North once, and that was for a brief stop in Belfast (BFS to be more exact), which is in County Down.

The island is also split into four provences, Munster (the BEST!), Leinster, Ulster and Conaught. They don't really have any purpose these days, apart from sporting. They used to be "Kingdoms", but this ceased to be under the Normans.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_Ireland

With regards to local government, we have County and Town councils, which look after their respective areas, and provide funding for facilities and services, but have no real judicial powers.
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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Mon Feb 08, 2010 8:41 pm

Hmmm, that is interesting info about the Ireland.

What am I thinking of when I associate the name "Antrim" with Northern Ireland?
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:20 pm

Ok this will take awhile for the Texas counties. There are so many of them and they're relatively small for the most part.

Anderson
Bastrop
Bell
Bexar
Blanco
Brazos
Burleson
Burnet
Caldwell
Comal
Cooke
Coryell
Dallas
Denton
Ellis
Falls
Fort Bend
Freestone
Frio
Gregg
Grimes
Guadalupe
Harris
Harrison
Hays
Hill
Johnson
La Salle
Lampasas
Lee
Leon
Liberty
Limestone
Madison
Marion
McLennan
Medina
Milam
Montgomery
Morris
Navarro
Polk
Robertson
Rusk
San Jacinto
Smith
Tarrant
Travis
Upshur
Van Zandt
Walker
Waller
Washington
Webb
Williamson
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:34 pm

Quoting Airstud (Reply 27):
What am I thinking of when I associate the name "Antrim" with Northern Ireland?

I believe St. Patrick is said to have spent some time in Antrim, which is funny seeing as it one of the two counties in the North with a majority protestant population!
Actor Lima Neeson also comes from Antrim.

Of course, Antrims most famous attraction is Giants Causeway.
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:58 pm

Easy, Belgium has 11 provinces... Visited them all.

West-Flanders
East-Flanders
Liège
Limburg
Flemish Brabant
Walloon Brabant
Limburg
Namur
Antwerp
Luxembourg
Hainaut.
 
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Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:09 pm

This is a great thread. I would love to see a U.S. map of all the counties we've all been to, not just in your state but the whole country. In fact, I think that's my next project.... (such a dork, but I love maps!!)

Here are my Illinois counties (the state I currently reside in)



And my California counties (where I grew up)

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Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:04 am

I've lived in three states in the US and am from Jamaica. So I will do four listings:

Jamaica (Our three counties have no administrative significance whatsoever):
Cornwall
Middlesex
Surrey
If I use our equivalent of states (parishes), then I have been to all 14 parishes.


New York State:
Queens
Kings (Brooklyn)
New York (Manhattan)
Richmond (Staten Island)
Nassau
Suffolk
Bronx
Westchester
Rockland
Orange
Erie
Niagara
Monroe
Tompkins
Onondaga
Albany


Maryland:
Montgomery
Prince Georges
Howard
Anne Arundel
Baltimore County
Baltimore City (It's separate from Baltimore County)
Worchester
Frederick

Pennsylvania:
Delaware
Philadelphia
Montgomery
Bucks
Lancaster
Northampton
Lehigh
Chester
Lackawanna
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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:11 am

I have been to 4 of the 5 Hawai'i Counties:

City & County of Honolulu (Island of O'ahu; plus all of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands)
Maui County (Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i & Kaho'olawe)
Hawai'i County (The Big Island)
Kaua'i County (Kaua'i & Ni'ihau)

I have not been to:
Kalawao County (Peninsula on north side of Moloka'i; former Leper Colony; Administered by National Park Service and Hawai'i Department of Health for small population of Hansen's Disease patients who remain).

I've been to 6 of the 8 major Islands in Hawai'i:
O'ahu
Maui
Hawai'i
Kaua'i
Moloka'i
Lana'i

Haven't been to:
Kaho'olawe (unpopulated; former military bombing practice target)
Ni'ihau (privately owned by Robsinson Family; small population of Native Hawaiians live there)

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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:41 pm

Ok I was able to find a Texas counties map online and with the help of "Paint" was able to fill in the counties that I've been to.

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x262/chrisdude1987/texascounty.jpg
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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:18 pm

Tennessee-Where I Grew Up

Anderson
Bledsoe
Bradley
Cannon
Coffee
Cumberland
Davidson
Dickson
Fayette
Franklin
Grundy
Hamilton
Knox
Lincoln
Louden
Marion
Maury
McMinn
Meigs
Morgan
Polk
Roane
Rutherford
Sequatchie
Shelby
Tipton
Williamson
Roane

Arizona-Where I Live Now

Apache
Cochise
Coconino
Gila
Graham
La Paz
Maricopa
Navajo
Pima
Pinal
Santa Cruz
Yavapai
Yuma
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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:03 pm

Why is it states east of, say, the Rockies have so many small counties? Seriously, isn't that just a waste of money? Wouldn't it make more sense to just consolidate them?

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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:03 pm

God why did I have to respond to this one! Georgia has 159 counties, and they're all tiny. I can recall being in 100, and I might have left out a few :P

Baldwin -- went to school there
Banks
Barrow
Bartow
Bibb
Bryan
Bulloch
Butts
Camden
Candler
Caroll
Catoosa
Chatham
Cherokee
Clarke -- partied a lot here,  
Clayton -- ATL  
Cobb
Columbia
Coffee
Cook
Coweta
Crawford
Crisp
DeKalb -- born here
Dawson
Dooly
Douglas
Elbert -- why on earth would you ever go there is beyond me
Effingham
Emanuel
Fanin
Fayette
Floyd
Franklin -- worked here
Forsyth
Fulton -- concerts and lots of time sitting in traffic here
Gilmer
Glynn
Gordon
Greene -- cradle of idiocy
Gwinnett -- grew up here
Habersham
Hall
Hancock
Harris
Hart -- lived here
Harris
Henry
Houston
Irwin
Jackson
Jasper
Jefferson
Johnson
Jones
Lamar
Laurens
Liberty
Lowndes
Lumpkin
Macon
McDuffie
McIntosh
Meriwether
Madison
Monroe
Morgan
Muscogee
Newton
Oconee
Oglethorpe
Paulding
Peach
Pickens
Pike
Polk
Putnam
Rabun
Richmond
Rockdale
Spalding
Stephens
Sumter
Telfair
Thomas
Tift
Toombs
Treutlen
Troup
Turner
Twiggs
Ware
Walton
Warren
Washington
Wayne
White
Whitfield
Wilkes
Wilkinson
 
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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:16 pm

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 36):
Why is it states east of, say, the Rockies have so many small counties? Seriously, isn't that just a waste of money? Wouldn't it make more sense to just consolidate them?

Probably a few reasons for that.

1) Most of the states East of the Rockies were founded when transportation and communication were slow and means limited. As a result, approximately every twenty to thirty miles (the distance a horse can reasonably do in a day, and turn back) you'll have a town that at one time served as a significant center of commerce, local government, and maybe even the railroad once it came through. The states West of the Rockies were mostly settled after and in large part because of the railroad, therefore it made crossing long distances easier and centers of government, trade and commerce could be placed further apart.

2) Many of the states Out West have large tracts of uninhabitable land. As a result, they never were populated and the process of dividing up never got to the smaller scale. A lot of county lines were drawn early on by squabbles over local rules and whatnot.

3) A lot of counties started large, but were partitioned off for various reasons including finance, local governance, and in particular in the South, ever blasted general or glorious hero had to have something named after him and a lot of counties (I know for sure in my state) are named after Confederate Sombodies.

As to why they don't consolidate them now, the only thing I can think of is "If it ain't broke..."

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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:24 pm

Well my map is gone but here's a better one anyway, it's clearer to see:



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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:52 pm

Pennsylvania
Allegheny
Beaver
Bedford
Berks
Bucks
Butler
Chester
Clearfield
Crawford
Cumberland
Dauphin
Donegal
Erie
Fulton
Huntingdon
Lancaster
Lawrence
Mercer
Montgomery
Somerset
Washington
Westmoreland

Most of 'em are just from traveling along the Pennsylvania Turnpike without them being the final destination (e.g. I never visited the Philly area; just passed through enroute to New Jersey and NYC)
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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:18 am

My job requires me to travel all over the states of South Carolina picking up water and sediment samples so I've been to every county in the state. Were it not for that I would have only been along the I-85 and I-26 corridors.
 
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RE: Counties (no "r"!) You've Been To In Your State

Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:38 am

Quoting clemsonaj (Reply 41):
I-26 corridors

Dear Lord almighty one of the longest drives in the WORLD is the trek between Greenville and Columbia on I-26, and I can never put my finger on it. Possibly because that damn road is a never-ending series of ups and downs! I've talked to many people who say the same thing, you just never think you're going to get off of that road!

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