Town Diary

Make your exercise fun and educational!!  I am on a walk/bike to Bangor, Maine.  I will be metaphorically traveling through hundreds of towns.  This page will be a working diary and resource about the towns I am "traveling" through.  See the Exercise Map here to see the progress I am making.

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Troutdale, Oregon


Lois, her son and I had lunch here.  The city serves as the eastern gateway to the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, and the Columbia River Gorge.

Hood River, Oregon


Hood River is located on the Columbia River directly opposite White Salmon, Washington.

The Dalles, Oregon


Google has a major data center here

Arlington, Oregon


Birthplace of Doc Severinsen of the Tonight Show-Johnny Carson

Boardman, Oregon


Oregon's second largest port
Hermiston, Oregon 187 X,_Oregon
Seven miles south of Columbia River.  81,000 population

Stanfield, Oregon


Less than 2,000 people live here.  Incorporated in 1910

Pendleton, Oregon


At one time most of the city was underground.  Home of men's plaid shirts

La Grande, Oregon


Phrase "La Grande" used by French settler to describe area's beauty

Baker City, Oregon


Movie, "Paint Your Wagon" -Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood filmed here. 

The Armstrong Nugget is a gold nugget that was found June 19, 1913, by George Armstrong, at a placer mine near Susanville in Grant County, Oregon, United States. The nugget weighs 80.4 ounces.

Today the nugget can be seen in a gold mining display at the U.S. Bank in Baker City. 
See it here

Huntington, Oregon


In late 1800s was primary shipping point for cattle.

Payette, Idaho


Hometown of Harmon Killebrew, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Caldwell, Idaho


Part of the Boise metro area.  Hometown of famous jockey, Gary Stevens.

Meridian, Idaho


3rd largest city in Idaho with 65,000 residents.

Boise, Idaho


Capitol of Idaho and largest US city between Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Oregon.  "Boise" means "wooded."  George Kennedy hometown.

Mountain Home, Idaho



"Mountain Home" was originally a post office at Rattlesnake Station

Hammett, Idaho



Glenns Ferry, Idaho


Glenns Ferry was one of the most famous river crossings on the Oregon Trail. Pioneers forded the Snake River at the Three Island Crossing until 1869.

Bliss, Idaho


Just 275 people and 64 families here.

Wendell, Idaho


613 families living here.

Jerome, Idaho


County seat of Jerome County.  Part of Twin Falls metro area.  Population 7,780

Heyburn, Idaho


City named after Weldon Heyburn, a U.S. Senator from Idaho from 1903-1912.

Snowville Utah


Population: 177

Howell, Utah


Population 221.  Shoshone Indians frequently traveled through here. 

Elwood, Utah


Population 678

Honeyville, Utah


Honeyville was first established in 1861 when a ferry was put across the Bear River at this location. In that same year Anson Call built a sawmill in Honeyville. He later sold the mill to Abraham Hunsaker. The place was known as Hunsaker's Mill until it was organized as an LDS Ward named Honeyville in 1877

Brigham City, Utah


Mormon pioneer William Davis first explored the Brigham City area in 1850. He returned with his family and others a year later to create permanent homes. Brigham Young directed Lorenzo Snow to create a self-sufficient city at the site in 1853.

Willard, Utah


X,_Utah In 1851, several companies of Mormon settlers were sent north from Salt Lake City to a freshwater bay of the Great Salt Lake, now Willard Bay. A company of nineteen located on North Willow Creek, seven miles south of the site where Brigham City would be established.

Farr West, Utah


The earliest settlers engaged in agriculture for their livelihood, and it received a great boost when the sugar beet industry was introduced in 1898. In 1923 further benefits were available to farmers when the Utah Packing Corporation installed a pea viner to help process field-grown peas.

Ogden, Utah


Originally named Fort Buenaventura, the city of Ogden was the first permanent settlement by people of European descent in the region that is now Utah. It was established by the trapper Miles Goodyear in 1846.

Uintah, Utah


Long before the first Anglo-Europeans came to Utah, the Uintah area was a favorite camping and hunting ground for Native Americans as they traveled through Weber Canyon.  Uintah is named after the Weber Ute Band of Shoshone Indians which occupied the area at the time of white settlement.

Mountain Green, Utah


The present-day site of Mountain Green was the location of a historic meeting of three groups of mountain men in May 1825. Peter Skene Ogden, leading 58 trappers[4] from the British Hudson's Bay Company, camped here on May 22, 1825. The next day, 25 American Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers belonging to John Henry Weber's "brigade" arrived under the command of Johnson Gardner. Étienne Provost was also encamped in the area, with his own company of 15.

Morgan, Utah


Morgan City was incorporated in 1868 when the settlements of North and South Morgan were combined. Around that time the transcontinental railroad was being constructed and Morgan was on the main route which brought prosperity and many advantages to Morgan residents.

Devil’s Slide, Utah


Devil's Slide is an unusual geological formation located in northern Utah's Weber Canyon, near the community of Croydon in Morgan County, Utah, United States. The slide consists of two parallel limestone strata that have been tilted to lie vertical, protruding 40 feet (12 m) out of the mountainside.

Henefer, Utah


In the year 1853 two brothers, William and James Hennefer, received a call from Brigham Young asking them to take their families to start a settlement along the Weber River in the valley, which was then known as an Indian hunting ground. 

In 1868 locusts destroyed most of the crops of the entire county. 

Echo, Utah


There was not much left of Echo after the Great Depression in the early 20th century. There are a few buildings left today, a church, and some homes. A tavern is located nearby that sells cigarettes, food, and beer. Echo Canyon, also nearby is a magnificent spectacle with its high rock sides and colorful scenery. The canyon, on the east, ends outside of Wahsatch, Utah and begins near the town of Echo.

Evanston, Wyoming

1,305.2 km


Evanston was named after James E. Evans, surveyor for the Union Pacific Railroad. The town was founded during the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The railroad arrived in the area in November 1868, and Harvey Booth opened a saloon/restaurant in a tent near what is now Front Street.

Their Motto:  "Fresh air, freedom and fun."
Fort Bridger, Wyoming
1,363.1 km
Population 400.  The town takes its name from the eponymous Fort Bridger established in 1842.  Jim Bridger founded the fort.
Little America, Wyoming
1,414.6 km
Population 56
James Town, Wyoming
1,443.6 km
Population 552.  The community got its name from the base camp the polar explorer Richard Evelyn Byrd set up in the Antarctic in 1928.
Green River, Wyoming
1,448.4 km
The city is known as being one of the first in the United States to ban door-to-door solicitation.  Curt Gowdy, a famous sports announcer, was born in Green River.
Clearview Acres, Wyoming
1,470.9 km

Population 840
Rock Springs, Wyoming
1,477.4 km

One of the worst race riots in American history, known as the Rock Springs Massacre, occurred among miners working near Rock Springs on September 2, 1885.   As of 2006, there are still remains of the old coal mining towns outside of Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Point of Rocks, Wyoming
1,514.4 km
X,_Wyoming Point of Rocks is home to the Jim Bridger Power Station. The 2,110 megawatt facility owned by PacifiCorp is one of the largest coal-fired electric power generation facilities in the western United States.
Wamsutter, Wyoming
1,582.0 km
X,_Wyoming The town, which bills itself as "The Gateway to the Red Desert" is located along Interstate 80 between Rawlins and Rock Springs, on the easternmost border of Sweetwater County. The natural gas industry has had a lot of influence on Wamsutter in recent years.
Rawlins, Wyoming
1,646.4 km

It was named for Union General John Aaron Rawlins, who camped in the locality in 1867.  Larry Wilcox - Co-star of the popular 1970s TV show CHiPs. Born in San Diego, he grew up in Rawlins.
Sinclair, Wyoming
1,662.5 km
Population: 423
Elk Mountain, Wyoming
1,718.8 km
X,_Wyoming Population 192
Arlington, Wyoming
1,741.3 km
X,_Wyoming In its earliest years, Arlington was a commercial stop along the Overland Trail. Founded circa 1860, it began with the establishment of a bridge and stage stop at the crossing of Rock Creek, after which it was named until the early twentieth century.
Laramie, Wyoming
1,805.7 km

Laramie was settled in the mid-19th century along the Union Pacific Railroad line, which crosses the Laramie River at Laramie. It is home to the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Technical Institute.
Granite, Wyoming
1,854.0 km
X,_Wyoming Elevation is 7,336 feet.  Unincorporated.
Cheyenne, Wyoming
1,884.5 km

The population was 53,011 at the 2000 census, making it the second smallest city to be the largest city in its state, after Burlington, Vermont.  Home town to:  Tom Horn — an American Old West lawman, scout, soldier, hired gunman, detective, outlaw and assassin.  Vernon Baker - Medal of Honor recipient
Pine Bluffs, Wyoming
1,948.9 km
In 1868 Pine Bluffs consisted of a tent, a slab shack with a stone chimney, and a square shed of canvas-covered poles. Cattle herds moved up the Texas Trail which ran through Pine Bluffs and became the largest cattle shipping point on the UP Railroad around 1884.
Kimball, Nebraska
1,986.0 km
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Kimball residents are justifiably proud of their community. This quiet town boasts of a low crime rate and high quality of life. Set in the midst of the rural Nebraska panhandle, in the scenic Lodgepole valley, Kimball is known as the "Gateway to Western Nebraska" because of its prime location near the railroad and Interstate 80.
Dix, Nebraska
1.998.1 km
X,_Nebraska Population 267
Potter, Nebraska
2013.3 km
Population: 390
Sidney, Nebraska
2,044.0 km
The city was named for Sidney Dillon, a railroad attorney. It was founded in 1867 by the Union Pacific and grew up around the military base of Fort Sidney (also known as Sidney Barracks), where soldiers were stationed to guard the transcontinental railroad from potential Indian attacks.
Chappell, Nebraska
2,088.9 km
Population 983.  Chappell presents an ideal community to live in, play in, and shop in. Chappell is a friendly, caring and active community. Chappell is located along the Interstate 80 corridor in the beautiful, picturesque panhandle (southwest corner) of Nebraska. Also centrally located along US Highway 385 and US Highway 30 (otherwise known as the Lincoln Highway). Union Pacific Railroad runs directly through Chappell. The longest creek in the United States, Lodgepole Creek, also runs through Chappell next to the nine (9) hole municipal golf course. Interstate 76 is 14 miles to the south.
Big Springs, Nebraska
2,142.3 km
Population 418
Brule, Nebraska
2,140.4 km
The village was founded in 1886 with the purchase of a quarter acre of land. The arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad helped the village grow.
Ogallala, Nebraska
2,154.9 km
Ogallala first gained fame as a terminus for cattle drives that traveled from Texas to the Union Pacific railhead located there. These trails are known as the Western or Great Western trails.
Paxton, Nebraska
2,185.5 km
With the beginning of mechanized farming the large farm families left for the cities as one person could farm several sections by themselves or with minimal help. Most of the original farm homes were demolished to make room for more arable land and to lower tax rates once the land was "unimproved".
Sutherland, Nebraska
2,204.8 km
Population 1,129
Hershey, Nebraska
2,216.1 km
Population: 572
North Platte, Nebraska
2,237.0 km
North Platte is a railroad town; Union Pacific Railroad's large Bailey Yard is located within the city. Today, North Platte is served only by freight trains, but during World War II the city was famous for the North Platte Canteen. Tens of thousands of volunteers from North Platte and surrounding towns met the troop trains passing through North Platte, offering coffee, sandwiches and hospitality.
Brady, Nebraska
2,272.4 km
Population 386. 
Gothenburg, Nebraska
2,291.7 km
Gothenburg, Nebraska is named after Gothenburg, Sweden and is noted for its Swedish heritage. Gothenburg, Nebraska, and Göteborg, Sweden, are believed to be the only two cities named Gothenburg in the world
Willow Island, Nebraska
2,299.7 km

Lexington, Nebraska
2,235.2 km

Lexington is located in southern Nebraska, on the Platte River, southeast of North Platte.
Elm Creek, Nebraska
2,367.3 km

Population 894. 
Kearney, Nebraska
2,391.5 km
Two microbreweries, Thunderhead Brewing and the Platte Valley Brewery, are located in downtown Kearney.
Shelton, Nebraska
2,423.7 km

Population 1,140
Wood River, Nebraska
2,434.9 km

Scott Frost - Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback on 1997 NCAA championship team and former NFL player
Grand Island, Nebraska
2,465.5 km
Grand Island is home to the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center (NLETC) which is the sole agency responsible for training law enforcement officers throughout the state,
Aurora, Nebraska
2,488 km
In 1861, David Millspaw became the first permanent settler in the area of what was to become Aurora.
York, Nebraska
2,520.2 km

Loyd A. Jones - Inventor, Head of Physics for Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY 1912-1950?
Utica, Nebraska
2,546.0 km

Population: 844
Goehner, Nebraska
2,550.8 km

Population: 186.  City only has .20 square miles [.4 km].
Lincoln, Nebraska
2,595.9 km
Lincoln, located on the Great Plains far from the moderating influence of mountains or large bodies of water, possesses an extreme humid continental climate (Koppen Dfa): winters are cold but relatively dry, and summers are hot and humid. Very little precipitation falls during winter, and a majority of the year's rain comes from May to August.  Johnny Carson, television host and comedian, was raised in Norfolk, Nebraska, but attended college at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Waverly, Nebraska
2,612.0 km

Population: 2,448.  Waverly is located between Lincoln and Omaha, and is a hub for several major roads including Interstate 80 and HWY 6.  Waverly, is one of the fastest growing communities in Nebraska, and has emerged as one of Nebraska’s premier cities.
Ashland, Nebraska
2,634.5 km
Several tourist attractions are near Ashland, all along I-80: Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, the Strategic Air and Space Museum, and the Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari (owned and operated by the Henry Doorly Zoo).
Omaha, Nebraska
2,677.9 km

Largest city in Nebraska.  On the Missouri River.
Council Bluffs, Iowa 1,671
2,689.2 km

The city was named for an 1804 meeting of the Lewis and Clark Expedition with the Otoe tribe, which took place near present-day Fort Calhoun, Nebraska.
Chautauqua, Iowa 1,675
2,695.6 km
X No info found  
Underwood, Iowa 1,685
2,711.7 km
X,_Iowa The name Underwood comes from the name of the first engineer to run a train over the Milwaukee tracks. Two farmers cut the corn stalks off to make a road to the Milwaukee tracks so the depot could be built. This path later became "Main Street".
Neola, Iowa 1,690
2,719.8 km
Population 834
Avoca, Iowa 1,707
2,747.1 km
Avoca was established in 1869 when the Rock Island Railroad came through from Des Moines going to Council Bluffs.  Our name came from a poem by Thomas Moore called "The Meeting of the Waters."  This derived from an old Irish tale, "Vale of Avoca," meaning where the bright waters meet.
Walnut, Iowa 1,713
2,756.8 km
Walnut is a city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. The population was 778 at the 2000 census. Walnut is located on Interstate 80 and is famous for its many antique stores. In recent years Walnut has become a regional center of wind turbine electrical generation.
Adair, Iowa 1,743
2,805.1 km

Population 839
Stuart, Iowa 1,760
2,832.4 km
From their website:  The people here are honest and sincere, hardworking and dedicated with a great sense of community and pride. In Stuart, we get the best of small-town life with the convenience of being just a quick drive to the city. If you live in Stuart, you already know about the quality of life available here.
Dexter, Iowa 1,765
2,840.5 km
The city is famous for being the site of a July 23, 1933, shootout between members of the Barrow gang and police from as far away as Des Moines. On September 18, 1948, Dexter was the site of a national plowing match at which President Harry Truman delivered a speech attacking the 80th Congress for its record in regard to the American farmer. This speech is considered one of the most important of his 1948 Whistle Stop campaign that turned the tide of the election and returned him to the White House.
De Soto, Iowa 1,776
2,858.2 km
Population 1,009
Des Moines, Iowa 1,798
2,893.0 km
The City of Des Moines traces its origins to May 1843, when Captain James Allen supervised the construction of a fort on the site where the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers merge. Allen wanted to use the name Fort Raccoon; however, the U.S. War Department told him to name it Fort Des Moines. The fort was built to control the Sauk and Meskwaki Indians, who had been transplanted to the area from their traditional lands in eastern Iowa.
Altoona, Iowa 1,810
2,912.9 km
The population was 10,345 at the 2000 census; a special census taken in August 2005 counted 13,301 residents.[1]

Altoona is home of Adventureland, an amusement park, Prairie Meadows, a horse racing track and casino, and a Bass Pro Shops retail store, the first one in central Iowa.

Mitchellville, Iowa 1,816
2,922.6 km
Mitchellville was founded by Thomas Mitchell in 1856 and it incorporated as a city on September 30, 1875. Mitchell's farm was later purchased by Polk County, becoming Thomas Mitchell Park
Colfax, Iowa 1,822
2,932.2 km
The first large scale coal mine in Jasper County was the Watson No. 1 Mine, 5 miles southeast of town, connected to the Rock Island by a long railroad spur. From 1881 to 1900, the Jasper County Coal and Railway Company operated a number of mines north of Colfax.
Newton, Iowa 1,833
2,949.9 km
Newton was founded in 1850 and incorporated as a city in 1857. In the late 19th century, Newton's growth was fueled by the development of coal mines in the region. The first significant mine in the area was the Couch mine of the Jasper County Coal and Railway Company, opened in the 1870s. It was, for a while, the largest mine in the county, producing 70 tons per day.
Kellogg, Iowa 1,842
2,949.9 km
Kellogg was formed in September 1865. The railroad reached the town in 1866 and it was designated a station on the line. The terminus of the railroad remained in Kellogg for some time, fueling the early growth of the town.
Grinnell, Iowa 1,851
2,978.9 km
Grinnell was founded in 1854 by Josiah B. Grinnell. The city was originally slated to be named "Stella," but J.B. Grinnell convinced other members of the colony to adopt his own name for the city, citing it as a rare and concise name.
Malcom, Iowa 1,858
2,990.2 km
Genoa Bluff, Iowa 1,878
3,022.3 km
X,_Iowa This from, "Ghost Towns of Iowa" Genoa Bluffs: Sumner Township, Section 32. This town was platted and mapped as a full-scale town with streets and town square.  John E. Stoner, one of the early pioneers of Iowa County, ran a store and steam grist mill in Genoa Bluffs.  The town included a post office and church, and many residents. Genoa Bluffs gained notoriety when a second battle over the county seat came in March 1857, when the enemies of Marengo started a movement to move the county seat to Genoa Bluffs. A petition was presented to the judge asking that the question of the location of the county seat be put on the general election in April,1857. It was soon discovered, however, that the petition contained names of non-legal voters. These names removed, the petition no longer contained sufficient numbers to call for an election.
Coralville, Iowa 1,907
3,069.0 km
Coralville incorporated as a city in 1873. The city's name comes from the fossils that are found in the limestone along the Iowa River.
Iowa City, Iowa 1,911
3,075.5 km
Iowa City was the second capital of the Iowa Territory, and it was also the first capital city of the State of Iowa. The Old Capitol building is a National Historic Landmark, and it stands as a tourist attraction in the center of the campus of the University of Iowa, as well as being an integral part of the university.
West Branch, Iowa 1,920
3,089.9 km
The city of West Branch was first settled in the mid-19th century by Quakers from Ohio. Its name is derived from the meeting place of the West Branch Quakers, and the location of the city on the west branch of the Wapsinonoc Creek.

President Herbert Hoover from this town.
Farmington, Iowa 1,925
3,098.0 km
Population 756
Cleona, Iowa 1,948
...not much here.
Davenport, Iowa 1,966
Davenport is a city located along the Mississippi River in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Davenport is the county seat of and largest city in Scott County. Davenport was founded on May 14, 1836 by Antoine LeClaire and was named for his friend, George Davenport.
Moline, Illinois 1,971
The city of Moline is nestled beside and atop a broad bluff situated between the banks of the Mississippi River and Rock River in Rock Island County, Illinois. The city's highland areas are cut across by many deep ravines that break up the city into natural neighborhoods.

Actor, Ken Berry from here. 
Colona, Illinois 1,981
3,187.4 km
Colona lies near the Rock River (Illinois) in a valley, and is surrounded by higher land. This is where the Green River (Illinois) and Hennepin Canal flow into the Rock.
Edford, Illinois 1,989
3,200.3 km
population: 670
Geneseo, Illinois 1,994
3,208.3 km
Geneseo is known for its Victorian style homes and its "Rockwellian quaintness." It is often compared to the Andy Griffith Show and its town, Mayberry R.F.D. Geneseo is also well known nationwide.
Atkinson, Illinois 2,001
3,219.6 km
Mineral, Illinois 2,010
3,234.1 km
The population of the township of Mineral (so named because of its rich coal supply) became populated to the point of where it was officially organized in 1850. As the train tracks were laid north of the coal mining area, so brought the formation of the town of Mineral. The town of Mineral was platted in 1857 and soon developed several small stores and a population of 300 to 350 residents.

Current population 279
Sheffield, Illinois 2,016
3,243.7 km
X,_Illinois Sheffield was founded by Joseph E. Sheffield and Henry Farnam in 1852. Sheffield and Farnam constructed the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad, and the town site was intended as a coaling station for trains. According to Farnam, he and Sheffield flipped a coin to see for whom the town would be named.
Concord, Illinois 2,017
3,245.3 km
X,_Illinois Population 176
Wyanet, Illinois 2,023
3,255.0 km
Population 1,028
Princeton, Illinois 2,030
3,266.27 km
Princeton was settled in the 1830s by families from New England and the Mid-Atlantic states.

Princeton was a stop on the underground railroad. This was located at the home of Owen Lovejoy.

Hall, Illinois - Ladd Illinois 2,043
3,287.2 km
La Salle, Illinois 2,051
3,300.0 km
X,_Illinois LaSalle was named in honor of the early French explorer, Robert de LaSalle. In presettlement times the Illinois River was navigable upstream only to LaSalle; beyond LaSalle were a series of portages, in which boats had to be carried around rapids. During the 1830s, the Illinois and Michigan Canal was built to connect the Illinois River with Lake Michigan.
Utica, Illinois 2,055
3,306.5 km
The town of Utica had previously been established on the banks of the Illinois River during the 1830s, but flooding and the construction of the Illinois and Michigan Canal a few miles north encouraged redevelopment of the village there as North Utica.

There were 9 fatalities during a F3 tornado on April 20, 2004, which heavily damaged the downtown business district.
Ottawa, Illinois 2,064
3,321.0 km
Ottawa was the site of the first of the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. During the Ottawa debate Stephen A. Douglas, leader of the Democratic Party, openly accused Abraham Lincoln of forming a secret bipartisan group of Congressmen to bring about the abolition of slavery.
Morris, Illinois 2,075
3,338.7 km
Morris is home to the Dresden Nuclear Power Plant, which provides a substantial portion of the electricity supply for the Chicago metropolitan area. Included among the Dresden plant's reactors is the first commercial nuclear reactor, housed in a spherical concrete and steel shell; it has since been decommissioned, and two more modern reactors (of 1970s vintage) now generate its electricity.
Erienna, Illinois 2,081
3,348.3 km
X no web sites  
Minooka, Illinois 2,094
3,369.2 km
Joliet, Illinois 2,105
3,386.9 km
Based on the population estimates as a result of a 2008 Special Census, Joliet boasts 152,812 residents.[1] It continues to be Illinois' fastest growing city and one of the fastest growing in the United States. When Joliet was first planned in the early 1830s, it was still in Cook County. In 1836, it became the county seat of the new Will County
Mokena, Illinois 2,116
3,404.6 km

lcome to the Village of Mokena — a community of 18,669 residents that take pride in their motto of “Planned Progress … Pleasant Living,” and their success in preserving a unique small-town charm. Our extraordinary environment has been shaped through the years since the Village’s incorporation in 1880.

Tinley Park, Illinois 2,123
3,415.9 km
Records show that prior to European settlement, the area was primarily occupied by the Potawatomi tribe.
Hammond, Indiana 2,142
3,446.5 km
Population 83,048
Gary, Indiana 2,152
3,462.6 km
The city was founded in 1906 by the United States Steel Corporation as the home for its new plant. The city was named after the lawyer and founding chairman of U.S. Steel, Elbert H. Gary.
Portage, Indiana 2,163
3,480.3 km
Before Portage became a town, it consisted primarily of three separate communities in addition to much farmland. They were named McCool, Crisman and Garyton. LaPorte County maintained jurisdiction over Porter County in 1835, and founded Portage Township that year.
Purdue University - Westville 2,181
3,509.2 km
Rolling Prairie, Indiana 2,195
3,531.7 km
The first cabin was built here in 1831 by Ezekiel Provolt. More settlers arrived, built cabins and named the settlement Nauvoo. On November 26, 1853, the village was platted by W.J. Walker and named Portland. The name of Rolling Prairie, descriptive of the undulating terrain, was later adopted by one of the railroad companies operating through the town.[3]
New Carlisle, Indiana 2,203
3,544.6 km
South Bend, Indiana 2,219
3,570.4 km
The first settlements in the current South Bend area were established as fur trading posts. The first westerner to make permanent settlement was Pierre Frieschutz Navarre in 1820. Navarre arrived on behalf of the American Fur Company. His home was not far from what would become downtown South Bend
Harris Township, Indiana 2,233
3,592.9 km
X,_St._Joseph_County,_Indiana Population 19,873
Cleveland Township, Indiana 2,245
3,612.2 km
X,_Elkhart_County,_Indiana Population 9,729
Washington Township, Indiana 2,256
3,629.9 km
X,_Marion_County,_Indiana Washington Township is one of the nine townships of Marion County, Indiana, located in the northern part of the county. The township is entirely within the city of Indianapolis. The 2005 population estimate was 132,927.
Howe, Indiana 2,278
3,665.3 km
Howe was settled in 1834. At that time, it was named Mongoquinong, a name that the Potawatomi Indians had given to the prairie in northeastern Indiana. Shortly thereafter it was renamed Lima and was, at that time, the county seat. It was later renamed Howe after John B. Howe, a local banker.
Orland, Indiana 2,291
3,686.2 km
X,_Indiana In the decades leading up to the American Civil War, Orland was a stop on the Underground Railroad, sheltering and protecting runaway slaves until they could complete the journey to Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The home of Russell Brown was said to contain a secret apartment on the second floor, complete with a separate stairway, in which 15 to 20 slaves might hide.
Jamestown Township, Indiana
3,699.1 km
X,_Steuben_County,_Indiana Jamestown Township is one of twelve townships in Steuben County, Indiana, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 3,389
Edon, Ohio 2,316
3,726.4 km
X,_Ohio Population 898.
Holiday City, Ohio 2,326
3,742.5 km
X,_Ohio Holiday City is a village in Williams County, Ohio, United States. The population was 49 at the 2000 census. The village of Holiday City was incorporated on June 24, 1997
West Unity, Ohio 2,333
3,753.8 km
West Unity is a village in Williams County, Ohio, United States. The population was 1,790 at the 2000 census.
Franklin Township, Ohio 2,339
3,763.4 km
There are no less than 21 Franklin Townships in Ohio
Fulton Township, Ohio 2,359
3,795.6 km
Fulton Township is one of the twelve townships of Fulton County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 3,261 people in the township
Toledo, Ohio 2,375
3,821.4 km
The area was first settled by Americans in 1794, after the Battle of Fallen Timbers, with the founding of Fort Industry. However, many settlers fled the area during the War of 1812. Resettlement began around 1817 when a Cincinnati syndicate purchased a 974-acre (3.9 km2) tract at the mouth of Swan Creek and named it Port Lawrence, creating the modern downtown area. Immediately to the north of that, another syndicate founded the town of Vistula, the historic north end.[6] These two towns physically bordered each other with Cherry Street dividing them (this is why present day streets on the northeast side of Cherry Street run at a slightly different angle from those to the southwest of it).
Elmore, Ohio 2,379
3,827.8 km
Elmore is a village in Ottawa and Sandusky counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 1,426 at the 2000 census.
Vickery, Ohio 2,418
3,890.5 km
Vickery is an unincorporated community in western Townsend Township, Sandusky County, Ohio, United States. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 43464.
Groton Township, Ohio 2,426
3,903.4 km
Groton Township is one of the nine townships of Erie County, Ohio, United States. It is part of the Sandusky, Ohio metropolitan statistical area. The 2000 census found 1,384 people in the township
Oxford Township, Ohio 2,430
3,909.8 km
Oxford Township is one of the nine townships of Erie County, Ohio, United States. It is part of the Sandusky, Ohio metropolitan statistical area. The 2000 census found 1,096 people in the township, fewer than any other township in the county
Milan Township 2,436
3,919.5 km
Population 3,686
Berlin Heights 2,441
3,927.5 km
In the late 1850s a branch of the "free love" movement was established here
Amherst, Ohio 2,456
3,951.7 km
The town of Amherst was established by German immigrants between 1811 and 1816. Jacob Shupe was the founder of Amherst. He had the first sawmill, distillery, and gristmill in the Amherst area. Mr. Shupe actually started early industry in the Amherst area. He settled on a high hill near the Beaver Creek, close to the intersection of Cooper Foster Park Road and North Main Street. His house still stands today and is a part of the New Indian Ridge Museum.
Elyria, Ohio 2,468
3,971.0 km
Elyria was founded in 1817 by Heman Ely, who built a log house, dam, gristmill, and sawmill on the site. Ely began to build more houses to accommodate immigrating settlers. By the time Ely died in 1852, Elyria had 5 churches, 3 grocery stores, 3 flour mills, a newspaper, and a population of more than 1,500.
North Ridgeville, Ohio 2,478
3,987 km
North Ridgeville is home to the North Ridgeville Corn Festival. The history started when the Bicentennial Committee for the City of North Ridgeville was formed in 1975 to celebrate the upcoming United States bicentennial in 1976. The first festival ran 6 hours and featured 13 booths around the North Ridgeville Middle School track. The proceeds were donated to the library to assist with the cost of relocating it from the old Lawson’s store area the Olde Town Hall building across the street.
North Olmsted, Ohio 2,489
4,004.8 km
The entire area containing North Olmsted was originally part of the Connecticut Western Reserve.

In 1806, the vast tract of land comprising present-day North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township was purchased for $30,000 by Aaron Olmstead, a wealthy sea captain.

Lewis Urry, inventor of the alkaline battery and lithium battery, is buried in Butternut Ridge Cemetery, in North Olmsted

Cleveland, Ohio 2,511
4,040.2 km
Cleveland obtained its name on July 22, 1796 when surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company laid out Connecticut's Western Reserve into townships and a capital city they named "Cleaveland" after their leader, General Moses Cleaveland. Cleaveland oversaw the plan for the modern downtown area, centered on the Public Square, before returning home, never again to visit Ohio. The first settler in Cleaveland was Lorenzo Carter, who built a cabin on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. The Village of Cleaveland was incorporated on December 23, 1814
Garfield Heights, Ohio 2,521
4,056.3 km
Marymount Hospital is the city's largest employer. CitiView Center, a $200,000,000 shopping complex, was recently built on old landfill space. This project has recently become bankrupt. It is unfinished, and will remain unfinished until further notice
Bedford Heights, Ohio 2,528
4,067.5 km
The early Bedford area was mostly agricultural with many dairy farms. Examples in our community are the Laing farm on the ridge and the Forbes family homestead on Forbes Road to name just a few. The early 1900s saw large industry, such as McMyler Interstate and Best Foundry, move in.
Woodmere, Ohio 2,536
4,080.4 km
Woodmere's development has been spontaneous and was escalated by the completion of Interstate 271 in the late 1960's. Primarily, I-271 made Woodmere Village and the Chagrin Valley more accessible.
Mayfield Heights, Ohio 2,546
4,096.5 km
Population: 19:386
Mayfield, Ohio 2,551
4,104.5 km
Progressive Auto Insurance is based in Mayfield.
Willoughby Hills, Ohio 2,559
4,117.4 km
Two notable buildings in Willoughby Hills are the Squire's Castle in the Cleveland Metroparks' North Chagrin Reservation and the Louis Penfield House, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Kirtland, Ohio 2,567
4,130.3 km
From 1831 to 1838, Kirtland was the headquarters for the Latter Day Saint movement. Joseph Smith, Jr. moved the church to Kirtland in 1831, even though it had been organized only a short time earlier in April 1830 in Palmyra, New York.
Concord Township, Ohio 2,580
4,151.2 km
LeRoy Township 2,592
4,170.5 km
LeRoy Township was named for LeRoy, New York, the town from which many of its settlers had emigrated.  Agriculture has been a major industry in the township since it was founded.
Madison, Ohio 2,604
4,189.8 km
Plymouth Township, Ohio 2,636
4,241.3 km
The first settlers in Plymouth Township arrived in 1805 and 1806
North Kingsville, Ohio 2,649
4,262.2 km
X,_Ohio Population: 2,658
Conneaut, Ohio 2,662
4,283.1 km
Conneaut was originally named "Salem", and the parts surrounding it were named "Lakeville" from 1944–1964, though these were eventually combined into what is now known as "Conneaut". People still refer to parts of Conneaut as Lakeville or Amboy.
East Springfield, Penn. 2,670
4,296.0 km
X,_Pennsylvania Springfield's early history and development was tied to the construction of the Erie Canal in the early 19th century and the commerce that resulted from it
Girard, Penn 2,675
4,304.1 km
Erie, Penn 2,690
4,328.2 km
X,_Pennsylvania Erie is in proximity to Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Population 104,000
Findley Lake, NY 2,695
4,336.2 km
X,_New_York The hamlet of Findley Lake was settled by War of 1812 veteran Alexander Findley who in 1815 built a dam to power his mill and thus created the lake from two ponds.
Sherman, NY 2,704
4,350.7 km
The town was first settled around 1823. The town of Sherman was formed in 1924 from a region of the town of Mina.

The source of the town's name is Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

North Harmony, NY 2,712
4,363.6 km
The Town of North Harmony was established in 1919 from part of the Town of Harmony.
Greenhurst, NY 2,720
4,376.5 km
The first settlement was made around 1806. The Town of Ellery was founded in 1821 from a part of the Town of Chautauqua. The lake frontage was developed early as a tourist and recreational location.
Poland, NY 2,730
4,392.5 km
The town was first settled in 1804. The Town of Poland was formed in 1832 from part of the Town of Ellicott.

The early economy was based on forestry, but after the trees were cut down, agriculture dominated.

Randolph, NY 2,738
4,405.4 km
The town of Randolph sits on the vast tracts of land which were originally owned by the Holland Land Company. The region was first settled around 1820. The first settler was Edmund Fuller, who arrived from Oneida County in 1820 and built a log cabin.
Steamburg, NY 2,745
4,416 km
Steamburg acts as the western gateway to the Allegany Indian Reservation; as such, a few tax-free gasoline and cigarette shops can be found in the area.
Red House, NY 2,750
4,424.7 km
Local folklore states that it was named for its famous landmark, the Red House, a Civil War-era domicile remarkable for its strange, dark crimson coloring and reputed by many locals to be haunted.
Salamanca, NY 2,756
4,434.4 km
The area was first settled by European-Americans after the American Revolution around 1815. This was historically the territory of the Native American Wenrohronon, who were driven out by the Seneca Nation in the Beaver Wars of the 1650s.
Allegany, NY 2,771
4,458.5 km
X,_New_York The town was first settled around 1820 by Ebenezer Reed who moved from Connecticut. The Town of Allegany was formed on April 18, 1831 as the "Town of Burton" from a part of the town of Great Valley.
Cuba, NY 2,789
4,487.5 km
An early missionary mentioned a native oil spring at this location. The Village of Cuba was incorporated in 1850.
Friendship, NY 2,796
4,498.7 km
The region was first settled around 1806. Originally, the town gained the name of "Bloody Corners" due to the high incidence of feuding. The Town of Friendship was formed in 1815 from part of the Town of Caneadea. Later, new towns were formed from parts of Friendship: Cuba (1822), Bolivar (1825) and a part of Wirt (1838).
Angelica, NY 2,807
4,516.4 km
The community was the first to be settled in the Town of Angelica, in 1802. The Village of Angelica was incorporated in 1835. Angelica was formerly the county seat until the county government switched to Belmont, New York.

In 1830, the population of Angelica was 998.

Almond, NY 2,823
4,542.2 km
The village was first settled around 1806.
North Hornell, NY 2,828
4,550.2 km
In 2004, the North Hornell village council started studies on a possible merger with the City of Hornell, dissolving the village, or remaining an independent entity (village) to reduce annual costs. The study is still going on.

The citizens of the village voted not to merger with the City of Hornell.

Kanona, NY 2,847
4,580.8 km
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Bath, NY 2,850
4,585.6 km
Bath is a town in Steuben County, New York, United States. The population was 12,097 at the 2000 census. The Town (and village) are either named after the city in England or after Lady Bath, daughter of a landowner.
Savona, NY 2,856
4,595.3 km
Campbell, NY 2,865
4,609.8 km
Campbell was first settled around 1801. The town was formed in 1831 from the Town of Hornby.
Corning, NY 2,871
4,619.4 km
Campbell was first settled around 1801. The town was formed in 1831 from the Town of Hornby.
Big Flats, NY 2,879
4,632.3 km
Horseheads, NY 2,886
4,643.6 km
The village was founded around 1830. The village was incorporated in 1837 as the "Village of Fairport," but changed its name back to Horseheads several years later only to be renamed "North Elmira." In 1886, the village resumed the original name, "Horseheads."
Elmira, NY 2,892
4,653.2 km
The first settler in Elmira was captain Abraham Miller of the Continental Army. He built a cabin after resigning just before the Revolutionary War. Miller's Pond and Miller Street are named after him where his house was originally built.  Mark Twain from here
Wellsburg, NY 2,899
4,664.5 km
The area was settled around 1788. The village was incorporated in 1872.
Waverly, NY 2,909
4,680.6 km
Nichols, NY 2,919
4,696.7 km
Owego, NY 2,928
4,711.1 km
The village of Owego was established in 1787. When the "Town of Tioga" was created from the Town of Union, Owego village was in Tioga. In 1813, Tioga and Owego switched names, putting the village in the same-named town.
Apalachin, NY 2,935
4,722.4 km
The first settler arrived around 1786, but the community was not founded until 1836.
Endicott, NY 2,942
4,733.7 km
Endicott is best known as the "Birthplace of IBM" . The Computing Tabulating Recording Corporation (CTRC), International Time Recording Company (ITR) and Bundy Time Recording all merged and were incorporated as the newly established International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) in 1924.

Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone is from here.
Johnson City, NY 2,947
4,741.7 km
Known as the Square deal town, from the Square Deal given to all employees of Endicott-Johnson, Johnson City was originally incorporated in 1892 as the Village of Lestershire, In 1916, the village was renamed Johnson City in honor of George F. Johnson, who led the company that was by then known as the Endicott Johnson Corporation.
Binghamton, NY 2,949
4744.9 km
The city was named after William Bingham, a wealthy Philadelphian who bought the surrounding land in 1792. Before that, the first known people of European descent to come to the area were the troops of the Sullivan Expedition in 1779, during the American Revolutionary War.

Home to fifth oldest zoo in the country.  The Twilight Zone mentions and shows this town in a number of episodes.
Port Crane or Fenton, NY 2,956
4,756.2 km
The town was first settled around 1788. The Town of Fenton, then called Port Crane, was formed from the Town of Chenango in 1855. The name was changed to Fenton in 1867. A small settlement within Fenton carried on the name of Port Crane, up to the present.
Harpursville, NY 2,968
4,775.5 km
The area was first settled around 1785. The Town of Colesville was established in 1821 from the part of the Town of Windsor. Robert Harpur, an early developer, has lent his name to the community of Harpursville. He is believed to be responsible for the many classical names assigned to communities in Central New York.
Afton, NY 2,977
4,790.0 km
X,_New_York The first settlement in the town, around 1786, was near the site of the village. In 1983, the Main Street Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Bainbridge, NY 2,983
4,799.6 km
As part of the Sullivan Expedition of 1779, colonial troops under General Clinton, invaded the area to drive out hostile natives.

The town was first settled around 1788, first by a group called the "Vermont Sufferers." These were people from land in the eastern part of New York, who had lost their claims due to land sales by Vermont for the same claims.

Unadilla, NY 2,991
4,812.5 km
The town was originally the site of an Indian village at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers where the Village of Sidney is now located. The name Unadilla, which represents one spelling from a number of different interpretations of several Indian dialects, is said to mean "Meeting Place", indicating the place where two rivers meet.
Wells Bridge, NY 2,997
4,822.2 km
Otego, NY 2,999
4,825.4 km
There was no significant settlement in the area until after the American Revolution.
Oneonta, NY 3,006
4,836.6 km
The early pioneers arrived around 1775 and consisted mainly of Palatine Germans and Dutch settlers moving out of the Hudson Valley. The army led by General James Clinton passed through the area in order to join the Sullivan Expedition in 1779.
Schenevus, NY 3,021
4,860.8 km
Schenevus is a hamlet in the Town of Maryland in southeastern Otsego County, New York, USA. According to the 1990 U.S. census, the population was 513.
East Worcester, NY 3,031
4,876.9 km
Settlement began on Schenevus Creek around 1788.

The town was established from part of the Town of Cherry Valley in 1797. In 1808, the Towns of Decatur, Maryland, and Westford were formed from part of Worcester.

Richmondville, NY 3,038
4,888.1 km
The early village was the location of many mills and small factories. The village was incorporated in 1881.
Warnerville, NY 3,043
4,896.2 km
Central Bridge, NY 3,053
4,912.3 km
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Delanson, NY 3,061
4,925.1 km
The Village of Delanson is situated in the southern part of the Town of Duanesburg, County of Schenectady and State of New York. It lies between the historic Cherry Valley Turnpike, also known as the Third Great Western Turnpike (now part of US 20), and another highway once known as the Danforth Turnpike (now New York State Route 7).
Rotterdam, NY 3,071
4,941.2 km
The town of Rotterdam is in the south-central part of the county. It was founded in the 1820s by Dutch settlers, who named it after the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, where many emigrants last touched European grounds. The town borders the city of Schenectady.
Colonie, NY 3,080
4,955.7 km
This area was once part of the Rensselaerwyck manor. The town of Colonie was formed in 1895 after the rural residents of the town of Watervliet opposed the state's proposal to transform the entire town into a city of Watervliet.
Selkirk, NY 3,097
4,983.1 km
Selkirk is a hamlet in the town of Bethlehem, Albany County, New York. It is located south of the city of Albany, it is an exurb of that city.
North Chatham, NY 3,108
5,000.8 km
Old Chatham, NY 3,112
5,007.2 km
It is one of the earliest settlements in the township and was originally named Chatham
East Chatham, NY 3,115
5,012.0 km
East Chatham is a hamlet located partly in the town of Chatham and partly in the town of Canaan, in the state of New York. It is located at the crossroads of a railroad, I-90, and the Taconic State Parkway.
West Stockbridge, Mass 3,126
5,029.7 km
West Stockbridge was first settled in 1766 and was officially incorporated in 1775. The town grew out of Stockbridge, formerly known as Indiantown, and was originally called Queensborough.
Stockbridge, Mass 3,130
5,036.2 km
Stockbridge was first settled in 1734 as a mission for the Mahican Indian tribe known as the Stockbridge Indians.   Gene Shalit, Norman Rockwell, Terence Hill and James Taylor from here.  The final scene of the film Good Will Hunting, in which Will is seen driving on the highway, was filmed on the section of the Mass Pike in Stockbridge
Woronoco, Mass 3,156
5,078.0 km
Russell was originally part of the Pocumtuc (also called Deerfield) nation, who spoke an Algonquian language. Like most native peoples, they were decimated by smallpox, then their participation in King Philip's War 1675-76 proved their undoing as victory by colonial forces led to dispersal of remnants of this tribe west into New York and north into Canada.
Westfield, Mass 3,161
5,086.0 km
Don Pardo--Saturday Night Live announcer from here.
Chicopee, Mass 3,167
5,095 km
The area comprising Chicopee was first settled by English colonialists in 1640, but it was a part of Springfield, Massachusetts until 1848 when it became a separate town. It was granted a charter as a city by the Massachusetts General Court on April 18, 1890. George Sylvester Taylor (1822–1910) became Chicopee's first mayor on January 5, 1891.
Palmer, Mass 3,182
5,119.8 km
Palmer's first settler was John King. He was born in Edwardstone, Suffolk, England. He built his home in 1716 on the banks of the Chicopee River. A large group of Scottish-Irish Presbyterians followed, arriving in 1727. In 1775, Massachusetts officially incorporated Palmer.
Fiskdale, Mass 3,194
5,139.1 km
Population 2,156
Charlton City, Mass 3,200
5,148.8 km
Charlton was first settled in 1735.[1] It was established as a District separated off from Oxford on January 10, 1755, and became a Town in 1775 by a law that made all Districts into Towns
Worcester, Mass 3,214
5,171.3 km
Named after the historic city of Worcester, England, Worcester was incorporated as a town in 1722 and chartered as a city in 1848.[10] When the government of Worcester County was established on April 2, 1731, Worcester was chosen as shire town (later known as a county seat). From that date until the dissolution of the county government on July 1, 1998, it was the only county seat.
Marlborough, Mass 3,226
5,190.6 km
Horatio Alger, Jr., author, graduated from high school in Marlborough in 1847. The town's annual Horatio Alger Street Fair was renamed The Harvest Fair in 2007.
Boxborough, Mass 3,235
5,205.1 km
On October 16, 2005 the Boxborough Historical Society opened "The Boxborough Museum". The museum is located at 575 Middle Road and is open several Sundays a year. Boxborough is also known for Steele Farm, a popular location for sledding and hikes.
Littleton Common, Mass 3,240
5,213.1 km
X,_Massachusetts Population 2,816
Lowell, Mass 3,248
5,226.0 km
Founded in the 1820s as a planned manufacturing center for textiles, Lowell is located along the rapids of the Merrimack River, 30 miles northwest of Boston in what was once the farming community of East Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
Andover, Mass 3,256
5,238.9 km
In 1634, the Great and General Court of Massachusetts set aside a portion of land in what is now Essex County for an inland plantation, including parts of what is now Andover, North Andover and South Lawrence. In order to encourage settlement, early colonists were offered three years' immunity from taxes, levies and services (except military service). The first permanent settlement in the Andover area was established in 1641 by John Woodbridge and a group of settlers from Newbury and Ipswich.
Lawrence, Mass 3,258
5,242.1 km
X,_Massachusetts Lawrence was the scene of the Bread and Roses strike, also known as the Lawrence textile strike, one of more important labor actions in American history. In 1912, Massachusetts law reduced the work week from 56 hours to 54 hours and subsequently lowered wages for thousands of women and child workers.
Haverhill, Mass 3,264
5,251.8 km
Haverhill was settled and houses built as early as 1640, however it was not until greater than two years afterwards that the land was purchased from the Indians who owned it.  At the time, the town was known as Pentucket.
Merrimac, Mass 3,269
5,259.8 km
Settled by the English in 1638 as a part of Salisbury and later as a part of Amesbury around the village of Merrimacport, it was known throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as an agricultural and fishing community, with a small amount of shipbuilding. When Amesbury separated from Salisbury in 1666, Merrimac was referred to as the West Parish of Amesbury, or simply West Amesbury, although it was unincorporated.
Amesbury, Mass 3,273
5,266.2 km
Settled in 1642, Amesbury was first recognized as "Salisbury New Town" in 1666 when it formally separated from Salisbury. It was incorporated as "Amesbury" in 1668, after Amesbury in Wiltshire, England.

Originally the boundary between Amesbury and Salisbury was the Powwow River. In 1876 Merrimac was created out of West Amesbury. In 1886 West Salisbury was annexed to Amesbury so the mill area on the Powwow River was unified

Seabrook, NH 3,277
5,272.7 km
Population 8,373
Hampton, NH 3,280
5,277.5 km
First called the Plantation of Winnacunnet, Hampton was one of four original New Hampshire townships chartered by the General Court of Massachusetts, which then held authority over the colony. "Winnacunnet" is an Algonquian Abenaki word meaning "pleasant pines" and is the name of the town's high school, serving students from Hampton and surrounding towns.
Greenland, NH 3,286
5,287.2 km
One of the earliest settlements in the state, Greenland was a parish of Portsmouth (then called Strawbery Banke) operating in 1638. Captain Francis Champernowne moved from Strawbery Banke in 1640 and settled in the area of the present Portsmouth Country Club. He would call his farm "Greenland". His extensive landholdings included a farm which is now the town of Madbury, named for his ancestral home in Devon, England.
Portsmouth, NH 3,290
5,293.6 km
Once one of the nation's busiest ports and shipbuilding cities, Portsmouth's wealth was expressed in fine architecture.
Kittery, Maine 3,291
5,295.2 km
William Whipple, signer of the Declaration of Independence from here.
York , Maine 3,298
5,306.5 km
First settled in 1624, the plantation was originally called Agamenticus, the Abenaki term for the York River. In 1638, settlers changed the name to Bristol after Bristol, England, from which they had immigrated. Envisioning a great city arising from the wilderness, Sir Ferdinando Gorges, lord proprietor of Maine under the Plymouth patent, named the capital of his province Gorgeana. In 1642, by charter of King Charles I, Gorgeana became the first incorporated city in America.
Kennebunk, Maine 3,314
5332.2 km
First settled in 1621, the town developed as a trading and, later, shipbuilding and shipping center with light manufacturing. It was part of the town of Wells until 1820, when it incorporated as a separate town. "Kennebunk, the only village in the world so named," was featured on a large locally famous sign attached to the Kesslen Shoe Mill on Route One. To the Abenaki Indians, Kennebunk meant "the long cut bank," presumably the long bank behind Kennebunk Beach. Kennebunk's coastline is divided into three major sections. Mother's Beach, Middle Beach or Rocky Beach, and Gooches Beach or Long Beach. Separate from Kennebunk Beach is secluded Parson's Beach, a quiet alternative to the summer crowds
Saco, Maine 3,320
5,341.9 km
This was territory of the Abenaki tribe whose fortified village was located up the Sokokis Trail at Pequawket (now Fryeburg). The township was granted in 1630 by the Plymouth Company to Thomas Lewis and Richard Bonython, and extended 4 miles (6.4 km) along the sea, by 8 miles (13 km) inland. Settled in 1631 as part of Winter Harbor (as Biddeford Pool was first known), it then included Biddeford. It would be reorganized in 1653 by the Massachusetts General Court as Saco.
Scarborough, Maine 3,330
5,358.0 km
In about 1630, John Stratton opened a trading post on Stratton Island in Saco Bay off Scarborough's shore. In 1631, the Plymouth Council for New England granted the "Black Point Patent" to Captain Thomas Cammock, nephew of the Earl of Warwick. Cammock built a house and began residence in 1635 on the 1,500-acre (6.1 km2) tract of land, which extended from the Spurwink River to Black Point - today this area is known as Prouts Neck
Portland, Maine 3,334
5,364.4 km
Portland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maine and is the county seat of Cumberland County. It is considered Maine's cultural, social, and economic capital. The 2007 estimated city population was 62,875. Portland is the principal city of the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford metropolitan area, with a population of 513,102, which includes Cumberland, York, and Sagadahoc counties.
Cumberland, Maine 3,345
5,382.1 km
Cumberland, Maine, was once part of North Yarmouth, but in 1821 it was incorporated into its own town. The town was officially named by Ephraim Sturdivant when the new town government elected him to do the task.
Yarmouth, Maine 3,347
5,385.3 km
Traces of human occupation in the Yarmouth area date to about 2,000 BC. During the years prior to the arrival of the Europeans, many Native American cultures are believed to have existed in the area
Freeport, Maine 3,353
5,395.0 km
The town was once a part of North Yarmouth called Harraseeket, after the Harraseeket River. First settled about 1700, it was set off and incorporated on February 14, 1789 as Freeport. It is probably named "from the openness of its harbor" (free from ice).
Topsham, Maine 3,361
5,407.8 km
Called Sawacook, the area was territory of the Pejepscot Abenaki Indians, a subtribe of the Anasagunticooks (now Androscoggins), who controlled the Androscoggin River. They lived and fished at Pejepscot Falls. But a plague, probably smallpox brought by Europeans, decimated the tribe's population in 1615-1616.
Augusta, Maine 3,391
5,456.1 km
The area was first explored by members of the ill-fated Popham Colony in September 1607. It was first inhabited by English settlers from the Plymouth Colony in 1629 as a trading post on the Kennebec River. The settlement was known by its Indian name—Cushnoc (or Coussinoc or Koussinoc), meaning "head of tide." Fur trading was at first profitable, but with Indian uprisings and declining revenues, the Plymouth Colony sold the Kennebec Patent in 1661. Cushnoc would remain empty for the next 75 years.
Waterville, Maine 3,400
5,470.6 km
The area now known as Waterville was once inhabited by the Canibas tribe of Abenaki Indians. Called Taconnet after Chief Taconnet, the main village was located at what is now Winslow, on the east bank of the Kennebec River at its confluence with the Sebasticook River. Known as Ticonic by English settlers, it was burned in 1692 during King William's War, after which the Canibas tribe abandoned the area. Fort Halifax was built by General John Winslow in 1754, and the last skirmish with Indians occurred on May 18, 1757.
Fairfield, Maine 3,402
5,473.8 km
The area was territory of the Canibas tribe of Abenaki Indians residing at Taconnet village, once located downriver at the confluence of the Sebasticook River with the Kennebec River in what is today Winslow. But in 1692 during King William's War, the village was burned, so the Canibas tribe abandoned the area. The French and Indian Wars finally ended in 1763, leaving the region open for English colonization.
Clinton, Maine 3,405
5,478.6 km
Clinton is a town in Kennebec County, Maine, United States. The town was named for New York Governor DeWitt Clinton. The population was 3,340 at the 2000 census.
Pittsfield, Maine 3,411
5,488.3 km
The area was part of the Kennebec Purchase. First called Plymouth Gore, it was settled in 1794 by Moses Martin and his family from Norridgewock. In 1815, the town was organized as the Plantation of Sebasticook, but then incorporated on June 18, 1819 as Warsaw after Warsaw, Poland. In 1824, the name was changed to Pittsfield after William Pitts of Boston, a large landowner.
Newport, Maine 3,414
5,493.1 km
The town was settled about 1808 as East Pond Plantation, then incorporated on June 14, 1814 as Newport. Agriculture was a principal early occupation, and industries included several sawmills, a gristmill, a foundry, cabinet shop, and a number of harness and blacksmith shops. By 1859, when the population was 1,120, Newport was an important producer of carriages "...which, for durability and finish, [were] not excelled by any in the state."
Bangor, Maine 3,437
5,530.1 km
The Penobscot people long inhabited the area around present-day Bangor, and still occupy tribal land on the nearby Penobscot Indian Island Reservation. The first European to visit the site was probably the Portuguese Esteban Gómez in 1524, followed by Samuel de Champlain in 1605. Champlain was looking for the mythical city of Norumbega, thought to be where Bangor now lies. French priests settled among the Penobscots, and the valley remained contested between France and Britain into the 1750s, making it one of the last regions to become part of New England.


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