My Hometown

Discussion in 'All Other Discussions' started by Salty, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. Salty

    Salty
    Expand Collapse
    20,000 Posts Club
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    22,095
    Likes Received:
    218
    What is a great drawing for the town or city you live in? What is special about your hometown?

    SYRACUSE, NY

    Syracuse grew because of the Salt industry

    Syracuse is home to the great New York State Fair which runs for 12 fun filled days in late August - early Sep

    and of course, we have great sports teams with the Orangemen! The Philly 76's originally call the Salt City as home, and were know as the Syracuse Nats - The team owner was the creator of the "24 second" clock

    Syracuse - Wiki
     
  2. Jim1999

    Jim1999
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/Jim1999.jpg>

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    15,460
    Likes Received:
    0
    I miss my years of the 3 hour drive to Syracuse just to take in a college basketball game. I started going because it was the closest college basketball game, and eventually became devoted to the Orangemen, especially in the Final Four tournament.

    Wish I could remember the name of the little motel where I stayed just south-west of the city.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  3. Melanie

    Melanie
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2002
    Messages:
    2,779
    Likes Received:
    5
    Wanganui on the Whanganui (pronounced Fonganui sorta)

    Blood in the streets over whether or not the city should get the "H" treatment.....goes back a long way , over dialetical pronounciation of the Maori word

    Seriously this is a great place to live .... because I live here:tongue3:
     
  4. padredurand

    padredurand
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2004
    Messages:
    4,384
    Likes Received:
    20
    [​IMG]

    Home of the Herkimer diamond. They are actually a double terminated quartz crystal but that don't keep folk from digging for them. Locals don't get too excited about them. Our driveway is paved in crushed stone and is littered with diamonds.

    We also have a larger stone that go by the name leaverite- as in "Don't take that rock; leaverite there..."
     
  5. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Messages:
    38,293
    Likes Received:
    783
    Central Florida grew because of Disney World.
     
  6. Gwen

    Gwen
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2004
    Messages:
    4,107
    Likes Received:
    5
    I live in a small town that is not really famous for anything.:laugh: The best I could come up with is that Larry Flint (Hustler magazine publisher) was shot here in 1978. He was seriously disabled, but survived.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrenceville,_Georgia
     
  7. Salty

    Salty
    Expand Collapse
    20,000 Posts Club
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    22,095
    Likes Received:
    218
  8. FriendofSpurgeon

    FriendofSpurgeon
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2003
    Messages:
    3,052
    Likes Received:
    36
    Here are a few...

    The only major US city that has two national parks -- The Everglades and Biscayne National Park
    SoBe and other beautiful beaches
    Coconut Grove
    The Miami Dolphins - the only football team with a perfect record
    The U - 5 national football championships since 1980
     
  9. Palatka51

    Palatka51
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2007
    Messages:
    3,724
    Likes Received:
    0
    Map
    If you follow the map west out State Hwy 100, you'll find the community of Carraway. That is where yours truly lives. :wavey:

    Palatka FL

    After the Spanish established St Augustine they began exploring the inward regions of Florida. Going west they happened upon a pre-Seminole (Timucuan) settlement along the River of Lakes that the Spanish named the St Johns River. They found that at low tide the river could be forded and walked across at the location of Palatka (pre-Seminole name for crossing, much the same meaning as the Swedish word fjord).

    The settlement saw much activity as the Spanish settlers began to settle more inland. The plains of Alachua (modern Alachua County) began to be used as cattle ranches and many a cattle drive came through Palatka where they would cross the river on route to St Augustine. The name Palatka became known then as cattle crossing.

    From Wikipedia;
    George Herman (Babe) Ruth Started a baseball clinic here in the 1940's.
     
  10. donnA

    donnA
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2000
    Messages:
    23,354
    Likes Received:
    0
    My hometown is actually Chicago, and I was recently called ignorant on this board because I currently live in the south, the assumption was if you live in the south you must be ignorant and backwoods.
    Actually in my current town there is a famous landmark, or at least we are famous for it, it has national recognition. But I can't tell you anything, I won't invite the next online stalker(the first from here on the good old BB) to find me.
     
  11. Jim1999

    Jim1999
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/Jim1999.jpg>

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    15,460
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sorry to read, Donna, that you have been troubled by a stalker on the net. No one should have to live with that.

    I don't believe that the South automatically includes ignorance, anymore than I believe that all people living in Southside Chicago are poor and ignorant. I had a flat there when I attended the University of Chicago.

    Cheers, and bless,

    Jim
     
  12. JohnDeereFan

    JohnDeereFan
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2009
    Messages:
    4,628
    Likes Received:
    11
    Georgetown, Md. The only attraction I can think of is that we got a new stop light last fall. It's a real one, too, with red, yellow, and green. Not just a blinking red light like those yokels over in Earleville.

    In all seriousness, though, our area is unique because we played a large part in the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War but apart from a small harbor here where the British were defeated in 1812 (well, actually, they weren't so much "defeated" as much as a lady innkeeper refused to serve them and they got mad and left), but not many people know about all of that.
     
  13. Jim1999

    Jim1999
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/Jim1999.jpg>

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    15,460
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am never sure whether to list my hometown as Plaistow, East London, England, Tamworth, Ontario where I plan to live out my days.

    Tamworth is only one of four Tamworths in the world: England, Australia, New Hampshire, USA and Ontario, Canada.

    Here we have to count cats and dogs to qualify as a village. Hey, we are big enough to have a carwash! The founder came from Tamworth, England and his original house still stands on a street named after Peel, a famous Brit, who founded the school system in England and later became Prime Minister.

    I actually live on my 100 acre estate located in Ballahack, so named by the Irish settlers. The dividing line is right down the centre of my road. Can you imagine that? The funny part is, the Irish Club of the area, bought acreage down the street from my, but on the English side of the road. The first question I was asked when I came here was; "Are you Catholic or Protestant?" I said, "Neither. I am a Baptist." That got them thinking!

    The village virtually consists of a main street, which is also the through highway. We can still stop our motorcars in the middle of the street and engage in chat without tooters sounding off!

    The great part of these backwoods communities is that I can ask anyone in the village what I did yesterday and get the right answer.

    Cheers, and bless,

    Jim
     
  14. Salty

    Salty
    Expand Collapse
    20,000 Posts Club
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    22,095
    Likes Received:
    218
    Thats the reason for this thread!:thumbs:
     
  15. JohnDeereFan

    JohnDeereFan
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2009
    Messages:
    4,628
    Likes Received:
    11
    If it makes you feel better, I was born and raised in Alabama and we're known as the birthplace of the space program and are reknowned for our Shakespeare Festival in Birmingham. We also have Auburn University, which is famous for it's engineering programs and school of veterinary medicine, as well as producing more Space Shuttle commanders than any other school except for the Naval Academy.

    We also have UAB, which has been recognized for many years as a leader in cardiology and sports medicine.

    So, I get a lot of the same things. Just the other day, a couple of DJs on the radio were making fun of Southerners, saying that we must all live in trailers and be barefoot and uneducated.

    Sure, some stereotypes still exist, but I just think of the wonderful things Alabama has given the world.
     
  16. Marcia

    Marcia
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Messages:
    11,139
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't have a hometown. :wavey:
     
  17. Jim1999

    Jim1999
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/Jim1999.jpg>

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2002
    Messages:
    15,460
    Likes Received:
    0
    It has now been confirmed. Marcia is from outerspace..........:laugh:

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  18. tinytim

    tinytim
    Expand Collapse
    <img src =/tim2.jpg>

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2003
    Messages:
    11,250
    Likes Received:
    0
    What is special about my hometown?

    That's easy...

    I'm from there!!! LOL...

    OR if you ask the right people...

    I'm not there now!!
     
  19. annsni

    annsni
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Messages:
    20,165
    Likes Received:
    368
    Well, I don't really have a "hometown" so I'll just post about Northport, where I live.

    First off, we're on Long Island (we North Shore people do NOT say lawng island - that's the South Shore people), about 35 miles from New York City.

    Northport was the site of the outdoor shooting of the movie In and Out - if you look at the scenes from the village, that's Northport - with the cameras shooting up Main Street away from the water since the movie was set in the midwest. :)

    In the 1800s, we were a large shipbuilding area, having a great harbor and access to the larger Northport Bay and Huntington Bay, going out into Long Island Sound.

    We were once known as Great Cow Harbor but changed to Northport in the early 1800s.

    From Wiki: "The adjacent areas of Asharoken, Eatons Neck, and Fort Salonga are all served by the United States Post Office situated in Northport Village and share the same zip code of 11768. However Asharoken, Eatons Neck, and Fort Salonga are each independent villages and hamlets of New York."


    And my favorite part of Wiki: A prominent feature of Northport is Steer’s Pit (known simply as "The Pit" to locals[1]), a large land depression carved into the cliffs adjacent to Northport Harbor and just south of the enormous LIPA smokestacks. This unusual geographic feature is the result of sand mining operations by the Steers and Steers Company. Mining began in 1923 and ceased in the 1950s.[15] The mined sand was shipped by barge to New York City where, mixed with Portland cement and rock aggregate, it became the sidewalks of New York.[citation needed] The area has since been utilized for home and condo use and a portion of the Pit is a park used by local youth soccer and baseball leagues. The Northport Fire Department also maintains a training facility in the Pit that is the site of the annual firemen fair in the summer.

    It's my favorite part because we LIVE in the Pit!

    Oh, those smokestacks that are mentioned are 4 large red and white smokestacks. They are lined up 2 degrees off of true north and are used as a regular aviation landmark.

    We are also the hometown of Edie Falco (Sopranos), Patty LuPone, Charles Ludlum (actor & playwright), Greg Buttle (former NFL player w/ the NY Jets).

    You can see more about Northport at Wiki which seems pretty accurate from my reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northport,_New_York
     
  20. Marcia

    Marcia
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Messages:
    11,139
    Likes Received:
    0
    There are those who would agree with you! :laugh:
     

Share This Page

Loading...