Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator

This is a tiny town, and we don't want you comin' round

My latest completely pointless mental exercise: last night, after my ridiculously stressful day, I sat down with my 1995 Rand McNally World Atlas and more or less randomly selected one town from every state that seemed to be very tiny, very remote, or both. I then began to look up the population of each town, and determined, one day, to go to every one of them, perhaps with an eye towards writing a book based on this experience.

Oddly, the biggest of the towns I've looked up so far (I'm through Maine) is in my home state of Arizona -- I figured I knew most of the decent-sized towns there, so if I picked one I'd never heard of, it would surely be a real flat patch in the road. Put Paulden, AZ, is a thriving metropolis of just over 3000 people -- practically New York by the standards of this experiment. Other unexpectedly large towns: Fort Deposit, AL (pop. 1270), Cornwall Bridge, CT (pop. 1300), and Union Point, GA (pop. 1669). Not so large: Platina, CA (pop. 206), Gulf Hammock, FL (pop. 254), and Ricketts, IA, whose population of 141 is less than that of the factory where I work on a given weekday.

The biggest hassle, other than the asinine possibility of actually going to all these places, has been where I've picked out a place that either does not exist (as with Merrimac, KY, which is listed in my atlas, but to which I have been unable to find any reference anywhere else -- it may be one of those fake places that cartographers put on maps to protect their copyrights), or that does exist but may be a geographical feature rather than a town (as with Lowes Crossroads, DE), or that exists and is a town but which I am unable to find any population data for (as wtih Hoolehua, HI), or exists and was a town at one point but may no longer be one (the only population figure I could find for Warm Lake, ID was from 1960; it listed the population as eight, and it didn't really seem like a boom town), or that was a town at one point but now just seems to be an abandoned ranch (as with Powder Wash, CO).

More on this completely idiotic project as it develops.
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