Home town history

KiethBlackLion

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#1
So what kind of role in history did your home town have? I thought it would be interesting to talk about our home towns and how they took part in the history of the world.

I'll start. My home town is Fredericksburg, Virginia. Most of Fredericksburg is a historical district. Famous men from George Washington (who's home in Ferry Farms is only 5 minutes from my mom's house) and Thomas Jefferson to General Lee and Stonewall Jackson came through the town.

One of the greatest Confederate battles of the Civil War took place in Fredericksburg, where Gen. Lee was able to hold off several waves of Union troops at Marye's Heights. Last fall I went through and photographed one of the battle sites. To this day you can see the bullet holes in the trees.

One of the historical sites in town is called the Rising Sun Tavern, a place where people like George Washington use to "hang out" so to speak. Although it's been restored and updated with electricity, etc, it's a strange feeling to know that you're walking around in a building where some of the greatest figures in American history once sat around a fireplace and talked.
 

Sim

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#2
I live in Berlin, Germany ... so I guess you already know much about its history. From the 15th century on, the Brandenburg and later Prussian kings resided here and governed from Berlin. With German national unification in 1871, it also became German capital. After WW2, it was devided, the western two-thirds of the city became US/British/French-occupied West Berlin, the eastern third became Soviet occupied East Berlin and in 1949 capital of communist East Germany. In 1948/49, the Soviets sieged West Berlin, attempting to drive the Western Allies out, but failed, because US and Britain organized an airlift to support the city. In 1961, the Berlin Wall was built and the city divided physically, West Berlin became an "isle" disconnected from the East and the surrounding lands. In 1989, finally, communist East Germany opened the border again, people danced on the streets and Berlin once again became a symbol and focal point for the end of the Cold War. The communist regime in the East was dissolved and the East German states joined the western Federal Republic. In 1999, finally, the government of united Germany was moved from Bonn to Berlin, so Berlin now is once again capital and seat of government of united Germany.
 

Pugz

Ms. Malone
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#3
Huddersfield, England. Home of Rugby League, Sheffield United's Jon Stead is a Hudders boy *drools*, and a poet named Simon Armitage is also a Hudders boy.

Oh and Patrick Stuart, although is from Mirfield (just down the road), he is a Town fan! ^__^
 

TimmehD

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#4
Lancaster, Ohio, Pop. 36,500.

"Modern Lancaster is distinguished by a rich blend of 19th-century architecture (best evidenced in historic Square 13, part of Zane's original plot) and natural beauty (best evidenced by the famous Standing Stone, today known as Mount Pleasant) with all the typical modern accoutrements of a small-medium sized American city."



-In Lancaster we have The Sherman House, birthplace and the childhood home of William Tecumpseh Sherman, the very notable Civil War general.

-Birthplace of John Sherman, author of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act who has a middle school dedicated in his honor.

-Hometown to Thomas Ewing, first US Secretary of the Interior who has a middle school dedicated to him here, also.

-Henrey Stanbery was born here, as well, the US Attorney General that defended Andrew Johnson at his impeachment trial.

-Birthplace to Richard F. Outcault, creator of Buster Brown and The Yellow Kid, known as The father of the American Comic Strip.

-Robert G. Heff went to my highschool, and there he developed the modern 50-star flag that we use today.

-Rex Kern, the famous quarterback that played for the Buckeyes on the 1968 Championship team.

-Rob Carpenter, previously the quarterback for the New York Giants and Houston Oilers, he is the football coach at my highschool.

-Bobby Carpenter, Rob's son, graduated from my highschool when I was a freshman, played for the Buckeyes for several years and is now the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

-David Graf, Best known as Sgt. Tackleberry from the Police Academy films.

Finally, Forbes published their first newspaper here in Lancaster, Ohio, and we've seen how that turned out. :) I am very proud of my city because it is a perfect size an encompasses all of what an American city should be. We're surrounded by rolling green meadows and thick, beautiful forests with a perfect amount of snow/sun all year round. Finally, here's one more shot off of Mt. Pleasant.



This is the west side of town so it's not as pretty as the east and it's fall, but still, it's a cool sight.
 
#5
i live in gresham and portland so here's the deal on both:

The city of Gresham could not establish itself as a city unless given a post office and postal code. A local store owner offered to use his store as a post office and offered to name the city after Postmaster General Walter Quinton Gresham if a post office was granted. Until that time the city had simply been known as Campground because this forested site was where pioneers often stopped to spend the night and compose themselves before moving on to Portland. Although a post office was established in May, 1884, Gresham was not incorporated as a city until 1905. Lewis Shattuck, son of a pioneer family, was the first mayor

famous people from gresham include:
Brian Burres, MLB pitcher, attended Sam Barlow High School and Mt. Hood Community College
Randy Couture, professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and current UFC Heavyweight Champion
Nikki Fuller, professional female bodybuilder, attended Gresham High School
Katie Harman, Miss America 2002
Fred Jones, NBA player, moved to Gresham in middle school
Angela Via, singer, moved to Gresham as a child
Greg Smith, Oregon State Representative, District 57, graduated from East Gresham Grade School, Dexter McCarty Middle School, and Sam Barlow High School.

portland, or for the obvious reasons the oregon trail and such...

Portland started as a spot known as "the clearing,"[7] which was on the banks of the Willamette about halfway between Oregon City and Fort Vancouver. In 1843, William Overton saw great commercial potential for this land but lacked the funds required to file a land claim. He struck a bargain with his partner Asa Lovejoy of Boston, Massachusetts: for 25¢, Overton would share his claim to the 640 acre (2.6 km²) site. Overton later sold his half of the claim to Francis W. Pettygrove of Portland, Maine. Pettygrove and Lovejoy each wished to name the new city after his respective home town; this was decided with a coin toss, which Pettygrove won in a series of two out of three tosses.[8]The coin used for this decision, now known as the Portland Penny, is on display in the headquarters of the Oregon Historical Society.
At the time of its incorporation on February 8, 1851 Portland had over 800 inhabitants,[9] a steam sawmill, a log cabin hotel, and a newspaper, the Weekly Oregonian. By 1879, the population had grown to 17,500.[10]
Portland's location, with access both to the Pacific Ocean via the Willamette and the Columbia rivers and to the agricultural Tualatin Valley via the "Great Plank Road" through a canyon in the West Hills (the route of current-day U.S. Route 26), gave it an advantage over nearby ports, and it grew quickly.[11] It remained the major port in the Pacific Northwest for much of the 19th century, until the 1890s, when Seattle's deepwater harbor was connected to the rest of the mainland by rail, affording an inland route without the treacherous navigation of the Columbia River.
The first known reference to Portland as "The City of Roses" was made by visitors to an 1888 Episcopal Church convention, the nickname growing in popularity after the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition where Mayor Harry Lane suggested that the city needed a "festival of roses."[12] The first Portland Rose Festival was held two years later and remains the city's major annual festival a century later.

portland also has more strip clubs per capita than vegas or san francisco due to the oregon constitution with freedom of speech

List of people from Portland, Oregon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is a list of famous portlanders and we have a lot...
 
#8
The writings of the Greek astronomer and cartographer Ptolemy provide perhaps the earliest reference to human habitat in the area now known as Dublin. In around A.D. 140 he referred to a settlement he called Eblana Civitas. The settlement 'Dubh Linn' dates perhaps as far back as the first century BC and later a monastery was built there, though the town was established in about 841[6] by the Norse. The modern city retains the Anglicised Irish name of the former and the original Irish name of the latter. After the Norman invasion of Ireland, Dublin became the key centre of military and judicial power, with much of the power centering on Dublin Castle until independence. From the 14th to late 16th centuries Dublin and the surrounding area, known as the Pale, formed the largest area of Ireland under government control. The Parliament was located in Drogheda for several centuries, but was switched permanently to Dublin after Henry VII conquered the County Kildare in 1504.
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Dublin also had local city administration via its Corporation from the Middle Ages. This represented the city's guild-based oligarchy until it was reformed in the 1840s on increasingly democratic lines.
From the 17th century the city expanded rapidly, helped by the Wide Streets Commission. Georgian Dublin was, for a short time, the second city of the British Empire after London and the fifth largest European city. Much of Dublin's most notable architecture dates from this time and is considered a golden era for the city. The famous Guinness brewery was also established at this time too. The 1800s were a period of decline relative to the industrial growth of Belfast; by 1900 the population of Belfast was nearly twice as large. Whereas Belfast was prosperous and industrial, Dublin had become a city of squalor and class division, built on the remains of lost grandeur, as best described in the novel Strumpet City, by James Plunkett, and in the works of Sean O'Casey. Dublin was still the primary centre of administration and transport for much of Ireland, though completely bypassed by the Industrial revolution. The Easter Rising of 1916 occurred in the city centre, bringing much physical destruction. The Anglo-Irish War and Irish Civil War contributed even more destruction, leaving many of its finest buildings in ruins. The Irish Free State rebuilt many of the buildings and moved parliament to Leinster House. Through The Emergency (World War II), until the 1960s, Dublin remained a capital out of time: the city centre in particular remained at an architectural standstill. This made the city ideal for historical film production, with many productions including The Blue Max, and My Left Foot capturing the cityscape in this period. This became the foundation of later successes in cinematography and film-making. With increasing prosperity, modern architecture was introduced to the city, though a vigorous campaign started in parallel to restore the Georgian greatness of Dublin's streets, rather than lose the grandeur forever. Since 1997, the landscape of Dublin has changed immensely, with enormous private and state development of housing, transport, and business. (See also Development and Preservation in Dublin). Some well-known Dublin street corners are still named for the pub or business which used to occupy the site before closure or redevelopment.



Since the beginning of Anglo-Norman rule in the 12th century, the city has served as the capital of the island of Ireland in the varying geopolitical entities:

From 1922, following the partition of Ireland, it became the capital of the Irish Free State (1922–1949) and now is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. (Many of these states co-existed or competed within the same timeframe as rivals within either British or Irish constitutional theory.) One of the memorials to commemorate that time is the Garden of Remembrance.
In a 2003 European-wide survey by the BBC, questioning 11,200 residents of 112 urban and rural areas, Dublin was the best capital city in Europe to live in.[8]
Well, there you go.