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This blog is based on Namesake communities from my book "For Namesake, a Travel Book - Places in America inspired by Famous World Cities".http://www.amzn.com/B00CBM6JFK The book contains articles on 17 famous world cities and 185 cities, towns and vilages in the USA that have the same name. I believe it's a fun and enjoyable read. I have been doing this blog now for awhile where I have been picking the Namesake communities to present. Now it's your turn to comment and let me know if there is a particular community from my book that you would like me to blog about. So here is the list from the book. Please comment and let me know: Alabama: Athens, Florence, Geneva, Madrid Arizona: Florence Arkansas: Georgetown, Havana, London, Paris California: Dublin, Georgetown Colorado: Florence, Georgetown Connecticut: Georgetown, New London Delaware: Georgetown Florida: Geneva, Havana, Lisbon Georgia: Athens, Berlin, Cairo, Dublin, East Dublin, Geneva, Georgetown, Milan, Rome, Vienna Idaho: Georgetown, Moscow, Paris Illinois: Athens, New Athens, Berlin, New Berlin, Cairo, Florence, Geneva, Georgetown, Havana, Lima, Lisbon, London Mills, Milan, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Warsaw Indiana: Dublin, Geneva, Georgetown, Milan, New Paris, Rome city, Warsaw Iowa: Geneva, Lisbon, Madrid, New London, Rome, New Vienna, Kansas: Florence, Havana, Milan, Moscow Kentucky: Florence, Georgetown, London, Paris, Warsaw Louisiana: Athens, Georgetown, Lisbon, Vienna Maine: Lisbon, Paris, West Paris Maryland: Berlin, Londontowne, Vienna Michigan: Athens, Milan Minnesota: Florence, Geneva, Georgetown, Milan, New London Mississippi: Florence, Georgetown Missouri: Cairo, New Florence, New London, New Madrid, Milan, Moscow Mills, Paris, Vienna, Warsaw Montana: Florence, Lima Nebraska: Cairo, Geneva, Madrid New Hampshire: Berlin, Lisbon, Londonderry New Jersey: Berlin New Mexico: Madrid, Milan New York: Athens, New Berlin, Cairo, Geneva, Lima, Rome, Warsaw North Carolina: Dublin, New London, Warsaw North Dakota: Berlin, Havana, Lisbon Ohio: Athens, New Athens, Berlin Heights, Cairo, Dublin, Geneva, Geneva on the Lake, Georgetown, Lima, Lisbon, London, New London, Milan, Moscow, New Paris, Saint Paris, New Vienna, South Vienna, Warsaw Oklahoma: Lima Oregon: Florence Pennsylvania: Athens, Berlin, East Berlin, New Berlin, Dublin, New Florence, Geneva, Georgetown, Lima, Moscow, New Paris, Rome South Carolina: Florence, Georgetown South Dakota: Florence, Vienna Tennessee: Athens, Milan, Moscow, Paris Texas: Athens, New Berlin, Dublin, Florence, Georgetown, Havana, New London, Paris, Roma Virginia: Dublin, Vienna, and Warsaw Washington: Geneva West Virginia: Athens, Cairo, Vienna Wisconsin: Athens, Berlin, New Berlin, New Lisbon, New London, Rome Thanks.
July 14 this week was French National Day, known more commonly to us as Bastille Day. It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, an event that celebrated the end of the French Revolution. It also corresponds to the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. The French celebrate this day with gatherings and fireworks much as we celebrate our July 4 Independence Day. So I thought it appropriate that this entry in the For Namesake Blog should be for a town in America named after the French City of Paris. In my book "For Namesake, a Travel Book" I write about thirteen such incorporated towns named Paris. For this entry I have chosen Paris Tennessee where they have a very nice 60 foot high replica of the Eiffel Tower. The tower is located on Maurice Fields Drive near the intersection with Volunteer Drive. Here are the coordinates (36.286774, -88.301557) and a link to a map http://aMAP.to/eiffeltower-paristn Paris, Tennessee is a city of 10,156 located in Henry County along US Routes 79 and 641. Tennessee Routes 54 and 69 also pass through the town. Paris is on a fork of the West Sandy River and is the county seat of Henry County. It lies 90 miles west of Nashville. The closest college is Bethel College in McKenzie. Henry County was formed in 1821 and was named for Patrick Henry. The town of Paris was established as the county seat in September of 1823, becoming West Tennessee’s oldest incorporated community. The town was named for the French capital in honor of Lafayette who had visited Tennessee in the early 1800’s. The county’s first courthouse was a two room “dogtrot” type of log cabin built that first year. Court was held in one room while pies and liquor were sold in the other room. Henry County sent more than 2,500 volunteers to the Confederacy in the Civil War giving it the title of Volunteer County of the Volunteer State”. In March of 1862 Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant, attacked the Confederate encampment at Paris. General Nathan Bedford Forrest of the Confederacy began his Johnsonville Campaign at Paris Landing in October of 1864. In World War II Camp Tyson was built south of Paris and trained thousands of American servicemen for the Barrage Balloon Service of the Coast Artillery Corps. The camp also held German prisoners of War. In 1821 Henry County’s first tourist attraction Sulphur Well, was created by accident when a well was sunk in an attempt to locate a salt bed on a Chickasaw Indian reservation. A summer resort was established there allowing persons to take the waters to promote their health. Many sought refuge there during an 1837 yellow fever epidemic. Sulphur Well was covered up in 1944 when the Tennessee Valley Authority created Kentucky Lake, the largest man made lake in the United States. Paris Landing State Park was created at the lake in 1945 and Paris became known as the “Capital City of Kentucky Lake”.  In Paris you may see the Eiffel Tower Replica (60 feet high), Henry County Courthouse, Historic Downtown Paris with a walking tour, Krider Performing Arts Center, Paris Henry County Arts Council, Paris Henry County Heritage Center, and the Paris Winery. Paris is known as the home of the “World’s Biggest Fish Fry” which is held every April. In nearby Mackenzie you may visit the Gordon Browning Museum and Veterans Memorial Park. Fort Donelson National Battlefield is located at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area near the community of Dover. The Land Between the Lakes is the name of the region to the northeast of Paris that is between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. There you will find Paris Landing State Park and the Big Sandy Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. Other recreational sites in easy driving distance from Paris include Big Cypress Tree State Natural Area, Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Stewart State Forest and the West Sandy Wildlife Management Area. Notable residents of Paris include Howell Edmunds Jackson, United States Supreme Court Justice; Vernon Jarrett, newspaper columnist; Bobby Jones, Grammy Award winning gospel singer; Cherry Jones, Tony Award wining actress; Charles Gilbert “Chick” King, Major League Baseball player; Henry Neal, pianist & part of the piano duo Nelson and Neal; James D. Porter, Jr., former Tennessee Governor; and Stephen M. Veazey, president of the Community of Christ. Another Namesake Town, "Milan Tennessee", lies just forty miles to the southwest of Paris. Notes: 1. http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00CBM6JFK/ http://www.barnesand...n=2940016722009 2. http://www.paristnchamber.com/history.htm Picture credit (Wikimedia Commons - User: Chiacomo Public Domain)
This week the 113Th U.S. Open Golf Championship is being held at Merion Golf club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The U. S. Open is one of the four golf major tournaments held each year. As such all of the top golfers in the world will be there. Merion Golf Club was established in 1896 and has hosted more USGA championships than any other golf course in America. This week's U. S. Open will be the eighteenth such tournament held at Merion. For more information and to enjoy all the action see the tournament website  I would love to go but its's a long way from Texas so I will enjoy it from the comfort of my armchair. Please comment if you are able to attend. Ardmore is a suburb of the major city of Philadelphia on its west end. Interesting enough Ardmore itself could have been one of our Namesake Cities as it was originally named "Athensville". It was renamed to Ardmore in 1873. The Lincoln Highway, passes through Ardmore on US 30. Our Namesake City for this entry is Lima, Pennsylvania which is located just 10 miles to the south west of Ardmore at the intersection of Pennsylvania Routes 352 and 452. This is just north of yet another famous US highway, US 1. Another Namesake City, "Berlin, New Jersey" lies 24 miles south east of Ardmore across the Delaware River. You may read about it and many other Namesake Cities in the book "For Namesake, a Travel Book" Here is the Information about Lima from "For Namesake": Middletown Township was established in 1687. The name is thought to come from its location in the center of what was then Chester County. In 1806 Phillip Yarnell obtained a license to open and operate a tavern at the Middletown Crossroads. That spot was then known as Lima, although no one knows why it was named that. The tavern was known as the Pine-Apple and became a wild place known for its cheap whiskey. It was so wild that Phillip had much difficulty in maintaining his liquor license from year to year and the place became known as Wrangletown. A post office was established there in 1832. It was originally named Hamor’s Store presumably because it was located in the general store that had been built there in 1829. A lumberyard was opened in the area about that same time. The tavern closed for good in 1836 and soon there after the name of the locality reverted back to Lima.  Lima was never incorporated and is officially a Census Designated Place or CDP. There are many attractions in the communities near Lima. Brookhaven offers the 1724 Old Chester Court House, Caleb Pusey House and Landingford Plantation. Chadds Ford has the Brandywine River Museum. Chester is on the Brandywine Scenic Byway and has Harrah’s Casino. Chester Springs offers Eagle’s Crest Vineyard, Halls Covered Bridge and Historic Yellow Springs. In Media you may visit Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation with Civil War Reenactments, Delaware County Courthouse, Hedgerow Theater, Linvilla Orchards, Media Theater for Performing Arts, Middletown Friends Meetinghouse, Pennsylvania Veterans Museum and the Turning Point Art Gallery. Newton Square has Bartrams Covered Bridge, Fox Leap Vineyards and the Paper Mill House Museum. The community of West Chester offers the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, Brandywine Ballet, William Brinton 1704 House, Debottis Art Gallery, Harmony Hill Covered Bridge, Strodes Mill Gallery, The Arts Scene and West Chester Railroad. There are a total of fifteen covered bridges in nearby Chester County.  Just a half hours drive from Lima are the cities of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. See all the attractions in Philadelphia at the “Visit Philly” web site  and those in Wilmington at the “Visit Wilmington” web Site.  Tyler Arboretum in Media is one of the largest arboretums in the northeastern United States. It offers 650 acres of plantings and some 20 miles of trails. Nearby is Rose Tree Park. You can try your luck at fly fishing at FlyFish Pennsylvania, also in Media. Just to the north are Springton Reservoir and Ridley Creek State Park. Notable residents of Delaware County include Danny Bonaduce, actor; Mary Ellen Clark, Olympic diver; Ed Dougherty, professional golfer; Tina Fey, actress; W.C. Fields, comedian; Harry Kalas, sportscaster; Todd Rundgren, singer-songwriter; Ethel Waters, jazz vocalist; and Ed Yarnall, Major League baseball pitcher from Lima. Notes: 1. http://www.usopen.com/index.html 2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardmore,_PA 3. http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00CBM6JFK/ http://www.barnesand...n=2940016722009 4. Ashmead, Henry Graham, History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884) p. 630 http://www.delawarecountyhistory.com/documents/Delco-Ashmead.pdf 5. http://pacoveredbridges.com 6. http://www.visitphilly.com 7. http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com Picture Credit: Wikimedia Commons - User:Smallbones Public Domain "School at Middletown Friends Meetinghouse near Lima, Pennsylvania"