Niagara Falls, New York
Niagara Falls is a city in Niagara County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 50,193. It is adjacent to the Niagara River, across from the city of Niagara Falls, the city is within the Buffalo–Niagara Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Western New York region. While the city was occupied by Native Americans, Europeans who migrated to the Niagara Falls in the mid-17th century began to open businesses. After the 1960s, the city and region witnessed an economic decline consistent with the rest of the Rust Belt as industries left the city, globalization has played a large role in the decline of manufacturing in the city. Despite the decline in industry, Niagara Falls State Park. The population, has continued to decline from a peak of 102,394 in the 1960s due to the loss of manufacturing jobs in the area, before Europeans entered the area, it was dominated by the Neutral Nation of Native Americans. European migration into the area began in the 17th century, the first recorded European to visit the area was Frenchman Robert de la Salle, accompanied by Belgian priest Louis Hennepin, who was the first known European to see the falls.
The influx of newcomers may have been a catalyst for already hostile native tribes to turn to warfare in competition for the fur trade. The City of Niagara Falls was incorporated on March 17,1892 from the villages of Manchester and Suspension Bridge, thomas Vincent Welch, a member of the charter committee and a New York state assemblyman and a second-generation Irishman, persuaded Governor Roswell P. Flower to sign the bill on St. Patricks Day, george W. Wright was elected the first mayor of Niagara Falls. By the end of the 19th century, the city was an industrial area. In 1927, the city annexed the village of La Salle from the Town of Niagara, the village was named for the French explorer Robert de la Salle. who built his ship, the Griffon, on the shores of the Niagara River five miles east. Industry and tourism grew steadily throughout the first half of the 20th century due to a demand for industrial products. Paper, plastics, carbon insulators and abrasives were among the major industries. This prosperity would end by the late 1960s as aging industrial plants moved to less expensive locations, in addition, the falls were incompatible with modern shipping technology.
In 1956, the Schoellkopf Power Plant on the river just downstream of the American Falls was critically damaged due to a massive collapse of the Niagara Gorge wall above it. This prompted the planning and construction of one of the largest hydroelectric plants to be built in North America at that time, causing an influx of workers
U.S. Route 412
U. S. Route 412 is an east–west United States highway, first commissioned in 1982. Its route number is a violation of the usual AASHTO numbering scheme, as it comes nowhere near its implied parent, US12. U. S.412 overlaps expressway-grade Cimarron Turnpike from Tulsa west to Interstate 35, U. S.412 has a special route in eastern Oklahoma named Scenic US412, one of only two such routes in the country. Another curiosity of this highway is that it runs the length of the Oklahoma Panhandle. As of 2004, the eastern terminus is in Columbia, Tennessee at an intersection with Interstate 65. Its western terminus is in Springer, New Mexico at an intersection with Interstate 25. U. S.412 overlaps with U. S.43, U. S.56, US60, U. S.62, U. S.63, U. S.64, U. S.65, I-155, and U. S.270, runs parallel to U. S.62 and U. S.64 in various places and intersects U. S.70. The highway begins at Interstate 25 in Springer and it is concurrent with U. S. Route 56 throughout its entire route in the state at just under 100 miles.
Besides Springer, the other town Route 412 passes through is Clayton. Just before entering Oklahoma, the highway touches the northwestern corner of Texas at a road junction. Highway 412 runs across the Panhandle and northern part of the passing through cities such as Boise City, Enid. Some major highway junctions include Interstate 35 in Noble County and several others in Tulsa such as I-44,244,444, two sections of this highway are tolled, the Cimarron Turnpike, and the Cherokee Turnpike. The Arkansas section starts at the Oklahoma line, runs through the scenic Ozark Mountains in the part of Arkansas. Cities along the route include Siloam Springs, Alpena, Cotter, Mountain Home, Walnut Ridge, in Harrison, U. S. Route 412 is concurrent with both US62 and US65. The route enters Arkansas in the northwest portion of the state, in Benton County, the route serves Siloam Springs as a major route through the southern part of the city. US412 has a concurrency with Highway 59 that ends in east Siloam Springs, US412 becomes four-lane and runs east to enter Washington County.
The route enters Tontitown, passes the historic Tontitown School Building, US412 crosses I-49/US 62/US71 in Springdale, where the route is four-lane with a center left-turn lane. Now named Sunset Avenue, the passes through developed parts of Springdale, including many restaurants, hotels
Piggott is a city in Clay County, United States, one of that countys two seats. It is the terminus of the Arkansas segment of the Crowleys Ridge Parkway. As of the 2010 census, Piggotts population was 3,849, the town was founded by William N. Barron and named after his sister. The Pfeiffer House and Carriage House are now preserved as the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, the town was mentioned in the 1990s television sitcom Evening Shade, set in Arkansas. The high school team coached by Wood Newton celebrated when it tied Piggott High in a game. Piggott was one of the sites for Andy Griffiths acting debut. The film, which starred Patricia Neal, featured several Piggott citizens as extras, scenes were filmed in the northeast Arkansas town of Paragould. Several locations in Piggott are featured in the movie, including the Piggott Mohawk football field, the old Clay County jail, Piggott was chosen when Toby Bruce, a friend of Ernest Hemingway. Recommended the site to writer Budd Schulberg, Piggott is located in eastern Clay County at 36°23′2″N 90°11′34″W, on the eastern edge of Crowleys Ridge. U. S.
Route 62 passes through the city, running west 25 miles to Corning and northeast 45 miles to Interstate 55 at New Madrid, Missouri. The north end of U. S. Route 49 is in Piggott, the highway runs southwest 32 miles to Paragould, and 516 miles to Gulfport, Mississippi. According to the United States Census Bureau, Piggott has an area of 5.3 square miles, of which 5.2 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles. As of the census of 2000, there were 3,894 people,1,726 households, the population density was 751.8 people per square mile. There were 1,912 housing units at a density of 369.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 98. 59% White,0. 23% Black or African American,0. 18% Native American,0. 18% from other races,0. 77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33. 0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20. 6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older, the average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.79. In the city, the population was out with 22. 1% under the age of 18,7. 4% from 18 to 24,23. 9% from 25 to 44,23. 3% from 45 to 64.
The median age was 42 years, for every 100 females there were 87.3 males
St. Francis, Arkansas
St. Francis is a city in Clay County, United States, along the St. Francis River. The population was 250 at the 2010 census, St. Francis is located at near the northeastern corner of Clay County 36°27′13″N 90°8′36″W. It is bordered on the east by the St. Francis River, U. S. Route 62 passes through the community, leading south and west 7 miles to Piggott and northeast 4 miles to Campbell, Missouri. According to the United States Census Bureau, St. Francis has an area of 0.37 square miles. As of the census of 2000, there were 250 people,103 households, the population density was 837.1 people per square mile. There were 125 housing units at a density of 418. 5/sq mi. The racial makeup of the city was 96. 80% White,1. 20% Native American,0. 40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 27. 2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13. 6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older, the average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.94. In the city, the population was out with 25. 6% under the age of 18,12. 0% from 18 to 24,28. 0% from 25 to 44,21. 6% from 45 to 64.
The median age was 33 years, for every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males, the median income for a household in the city was $30,278, and the median income for a family was $33,250. Males had an income of $19,205 versus $13,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,198. About 16. 9% of families and 20. 2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25. 0% of those under the age of eighteen and 38. 2% of those sixty five or over
Mountain Home, Arkansas
Mountain Home is a small city in and the county seat of Baxter County, United States, in the southern Ozark Mountains near the northern state border with Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 12,448, a total of 41,307 persons lived within the city and micropolitan combined, which encompasses the majority of Baxter County. Mountain Home is located in northern Arkansas at 36°20′10″N 92°22′56″W and it is the center of the Twin Lakes area, with Norfork Lake 15 minutes to the east and Bull Shoals Lake 20 minutes to the northwest. It is located within the Ozarks mountain range, in the Salem Plateau region, the city is located within 15 to 20 minutes of three rivers, the Buffalo National River, the White River and the North Fork River, which features the world-renowned Norfork Tailwater. These make the Mountain Home area one of the nations top freshwater fishing destinations, some creeks in the area with fishing access are Fall Creek, Dodd Creek, and Hicks Creek, with Fall Creek being the largest.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 11.7 square miles. No railroads pass through Mountain Home, but the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad passes through the community of Cotter,10 miles to the west. The line encompasses 506 miles of track from Carthage, Missouri to Diaz Junction, the line has about five trains a day, with most being mixed freight or empty coal trains. Mountain Home has been served by local newspaper The Baxter Bulletin since 1901, the Bulletin publishes Living Well Magazine, a general interest magazine featuring people and things in the Ozarks. Several local radio stations serve Mountain Home, KTLO AM1240 was the first, established in 1953. KTLO FM, KOMT The Eagle 93.5 FM, KPFM Country 105.5 FM, KCTT FM and KCMH FM are licensed to Mountain Home. Several other stations are licensed to surrounding communities and serve Baxter County, according to the 2010 census, the population of Mountain Home was 12,448. As of the census of 2000, there were 11,012 people,5,175 households, the population density was 1,035.7 people per square mile.
There were 5,612 housing units at a density of 527.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 97. 69% White,0. 18% Black or African American,0. 47% Native American,0. 37% Asian,0. 03% Pacific Islander,0. 26% from other races, and 0. 99% from two or more races. 1. 20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race,36. 3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22. 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the family size was 2.59. In the city, the population was out with 17. 7% under the age of 18,5. 9% from 18 to 24,18. 8% from 25 to 44,21. 5% from 45 to 64
Alpena is a town in Boone and Carroll counties in the U. S. state of Arkansas. The population was 392 at the 2010 census, the Boone County portion of Alpena is part of the Harrison Micropolitan Statistical Area. Alpena Pass was founded in 1908 on top of a shortly after the Missouri. In the 1950s, the pass was dropped from the name, thus creating the current name. At the time of the founding, the town of Carrollton was in decline. Many of the buildings of Carrollton were disassembled and reassembled at Alpena Pass, mADtvs Rice and Beans Tour once came through the town, doing a tongue-in-cheek expose about rural America. They encountered a seemingly drug-intoxicated woman and had an interview with the mayor, Alpena is located at 36°17′37″N 93°17′46″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has an area of 3.5 km². U. S. Highway 62 US412 As of the census of 2000, there were 371 people,146 households, there were 170 housing units at an average density of 48. 3/km². The racial makeup of the town was 96.
50% White,2. 16% Native American,0. 27% Asian,2. 43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31. 5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19. 9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older, the average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.21. In the town, the population was out with 31. 0% under the age of 18,7. 3% from 18 to 24,26. 1% from 25 to 44,18. 3% from 45 to 64. The median age was 31 years, for every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males, the median income for a household in the town was $23,906, and the median income for a family was $28,333. Males had an income of $29,000 versus $17,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,429, about 7. 3% of families and 13. 3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5. 0% of those under age 18 and 29. 4% of those age 65 or over. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers, according to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Alpena has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated Cfa on climate maps.
Alpena School District Town government information Detailed 2000 Census Statistics Boone County School District Reference Map Carroll County School District Reference Map
U.S. Route 65
U. S. Route 65 is a north–south United States highway in the southern and midwestern United States. The southern terminus of the route is at U. S. Route 425 in Clayton, the northern terminus is at Interstate 35 just south of Interstate 90 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Parts of its route in Iowa and historic route in Minnesota follow the old Jefferson Highway. U. S.65 begins in Clayton and proceeds northward to Waterproof, St. Joseph, at Newellton, it intersects with Louisiana State Highway 4 coming from the west. In Tallulah, it intersects Interstate 20, and approximately 30 miles north of this intersection it enters Arkansas, US65 enters the southeast corner of Arkansas just north of Gassoway, Louisiana. It is designated as part of Arkansas Great River Road from this point north through Lake Village, McGehee, the Great River Road continues east onto US165, while US65 continues northwest to Pine Bluff. The highway turned north along Blake Street and followed Dollarway Road, now designated Arkansas Highway 365, US65 was relocated to a bypass corridor on the north side of Pine Bluff, dubbed the Downtown Expressway.
With the completion of the Interstate 530 bypass on the side of Pine Bluff, US65 was rerouted along Interstate 530. The original US65 between Pine Bluff and Conway is now signed Arkansas Highway 365, the highway was relocated west of Main Street to Broadway, where it crossed the Arkansas River via the Broadway Bridge, and it was finally relocated east along Interstate 30. The highway turned northwest along the east side of the railroad, along what is now Percy Machin Drive, US65 was relocated west on the south side along the Broadway Bridge, turning west on Broadway, north on Pike Avenue. It was relocated east on the side along Pike Avenue. Later, the side was relocated again along the west side of the railroad via MacArthur Drive. US65 was finally relocated east through downtown along Interstate 30, US65 originally entered Conway via Harkrider Street, along what is now signed as Arkansas Highway 365, where it briefly joined with US64 running north through downtown. The highway was relocated along Interstate 40, where it joins its original route on the north side of town.
US65 continues north through Greenbrier and Marshall before crossing the Buffalo River near Tylerbend, the highway joins briefly with US62 and US412 heading northwest through Harrison before diverging north and entering Missouri just south of Ridgedale. US65 enters Missouri between Omaha and Ridgedale, the road is a four-lane expressway, traveling through Branson and Hollister toward the Springfield metro area. Through the Branson area, US65 is built as a freeway, North of Branson is an interchange with Route 465 and U. S. Route 160. US160 to Highlandville is the old alignment of US65, just north of Route EE, US65 returns to freeway status
Hardy is a city in Sharp and Fulton counties in the U. S. state of Arkansas. The population was 772 at the 2010 census, Hardy is located at 36°19′14″N 91°28′50″W. The Spring River, which begins in Mammoth Spring, flows through Hardy, the Spring River flows into the Black River, which flows into the White River, and the White River eventually empties into the Mississippi River. U. S. Route 63 is the highway which runs through the town. In its course through Arkansas, Route 63 runs from the Missouri state line at Mammoth Spring to connect with Interstate 55 near Gilmore, when roads were poor and travel much more difficult, Hardy was one of two county seats of Sharp County. In 1963, Ash Flat was named the county seat, and Hardy, Hardy is served by the BNSF Railway. In 1980, the much larger Burlington Northern acquired the Frisco and it has several lakefront communities and subdivisions, including Woodland Hills. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 5.4 square miles, of which 5.2 square miles is land and 0.23 square miles.
The warmest summers that Hardy has witnessed occurred in 1998,2003,2005,2006,2007,2009,2010,2012,2013,2014,2015 and 2016, in the early 1950s, the Horrell and Clay families both had grocery stores there. Conway Horn ran a mercantile store. Charles Cone ran the Western Auto Store, two places to eat were Bonnies Cafe and Mrs. Rogers sundries store. Arthur Snow was a pharmacist and owned a drugstore, the agent for the Frisco Railroad was Virgil L. Walker, Jr. Dink Booth was the barber. The Thomsons ran the theater, and Ben Dalton published a newspaper. Ottie Cate ran a poultry and ice house, and Bill Shaver had the Standard Oil service station, tom Walker was in charge of the local bank, and Woodrow Wilson ran a Mobil service station. Peavine Clouse was the city marshal, guinea Gray was a local painter, and Clifford Brummet had the contract to carry the mail between the post office and the arriving trains. He had a farm near Hardy, dewey Dark ran the Rose Hill Resort. Doctor Miller was a medical doctor.
Leonard Johns worked at the Post Office, two famous residents were the Wilburn Brothers Doyle and Teddy born here in 1930 and 1931
Pocahontas is a city in Randolph County, United States, along the Black River. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 6,765, the city is the county seat of Randolph County. A statue of her is located in Overlook Park along the Black River, the family of Dr. Ransom S. Bettis is given the credit for being the first settlers on the land now called Pocahontas. Dr. Bettis daughter, married Thomas S. Drew and Drew led the founding of Pocahontas as the county seat of Randolph County. Randolph County is famous for many firsts, Arkansas oldest town, the first Arkansas post office was built in Davidsonville in 1817, and the first state courthouse was established in 1818. The earliest land claim was in 1809 near what is now Ravenden Springs, the first actual term of court convened in Arkansas was in 1815 in a part of Lawrence County that was given over to Randolph County. And the countrys first overland route, the Natchitoches Trail, went through parts of Randolph County, in 1835, the Territorial Legislature granted the formation of Randolph County from part of the area called Lawrence County.
The county was named after John Randolph, who was one of the first settlers in the area, Randolph County encompasses the rolling hills of the Ozarks to the west and rich, flat farmland of the Mississippi Delta to the east. Five rivers flow through the county, providing access to fishing and canoeing, soybeans and other grains are the principal crops in the Delta region, while cattle ranching dominates the hill country. The poultry industry is a part of the area economy. Pocahontas is the county seat with a population of 6,616, the other 10,407 residents of Randolph County live in rural areas and five incorporated communities - Maynard, Reyno, Ravenden Springs and OKean. Local legend holds that Pocahontas was named the county seat through an act of trickery, supposedly, at the county meeting to determine which city would receive the title, the delegation from Pocahontas brought in large quantities of alcohol and distributed them to the other delegations. When the time came to vote, the only delegation not passed out or otherwise influenced was that from Pocahontas, Pocahontas is located at 36°15′49″N 90°58′24″W.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of 7.6 sq mi. The climate is of the city is characterized by high temperatures. The Köppen climate classification subtype for this climate is Cfa, as of the census of 2000,6,518 people,2,693 households, and 1,742 families resided in the city. The population density was 886.6 people per square mile, the 2,924 housing units averaged a density of 397.7 per square mile. Around 31. 9% of all households were made up of individuals, the average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.94
U.S. Route 71 in Arkansas
U. S. Highway 71 is a U. S. highway that runs from Krotz Springs, LA to the Fort Frances–International Falls International Bridge at the Canadian border. In Arkansas, the runs from the Louisiana state line near Doddridge to the Missouri state line near Bella Vista. In Texarkana, the runs along State Line Avenue with US59. Other areas served by the highway include Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas, the route enters Arkansas near the Red River, and runs north through the communities of Doddridge and Fouke. Most motorists can now bypass US71 from the Louisiana border to Texarkana via Interstate 49, after approximately 30 miles of paralleling I-49, the route turns west, passes the historic Averitt House and enters Texarkana. Highway 71 has a concurrency with Highway 237 before crossing over The Loop Interstate 49 in the southeast part of town. Inside the loop, Highway 71 becomes East Street, passing the Texarkana Country Club, the street is four-lane undivided, passing the Bottoms House and J. K. Wadley House before meeting US 67/US82, US71 forms a short, two-block concurrency with US 67/US82 before turning north along Hazel Street.
This street runs northwest to intersect State Line Avenue, on State Line Avenue, the northbound lanes are in Arkansas, while the southbound lanes are in Texas. While on State Line Avenue, US71 intersects Loop 14, in Texas, before US59 joins US71 at Interstate 30, nearly a mile north. From Arkansas Highway 296 north of Texarkana to the Red River, except for the northbound lanes, this section of 3.39 miles is entirely in Texas. The highways re-enter Arkansas completely at the Red River, US 59/US71 serve as an eastern terminus for Highway 380 upon entering Ogden. Although US 59/US71 bypass the community as a highway, the route formerly served Ogden as Grand Street. Following the Kansas City Southern Railroad tracks, US 59/US71 enters Ashdown, as it heads north, the routes goes under Highway 32, entering the southern part of Ashdown, serving as Little Rivers county seat. The highway is named Constitution Avenue, and passes within two blocks of the Little River County Courthouse, the routes intersect with Highway 32B, Rankin Street, and Highway 108, before exiting town due north to Wilton.
Entering Wilton, it passes the S. S. P, Mills and Son Building, Highway 234, and the Texarkana and Fort Smith Railway Depot. Just north of town a former alignment comes into view briefly before the Mills Cemetery, once across the Little River, US 59/US71 passes another former alignment, crosses through Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge, and runs east of Ben Lomond before entering Lockesburg. A junction in Lockesburg joins US 59/US71 with US371, five miles north of Lockesburg US70 joins US 59/US 71/US371, and the concurrent routes turn west to De Queen
U.S. Route 63 in Arkansas
U. S. Route 63 is a north-south U. S. highway that begins in Ruston, LA. In the US state of Arkansas the highway enters the state from Louisiana concurrent with US167 in Junction City, the highway zigzags through the state serving the major cities of Pine Bluff, West Memphis and Jonesboro. The highway exits the state at Mammoth Spring traveling into Missouri, US63 shares many overlaps with other highways in Arkansas. Once the freeway section is extended south to I-55 at Turrell. U. S.63 enters into Arkansas from Louisiana concurrent with US167 in Junction City, just a few miles into the state, the two highways run on the eastern edge of El Dorado as an expressway. US167 splits here, traveling towards Hampton, US63 bypasses the town of Warren, crossing US270. US63 passes through the rural Cleveland County, enters into Jefferson County, in Jefferson County, US63 serves the city of Pine Bluff. US63 bypasses the city, running on the last 3 miles of I-530, in Pine Bluff, the highway overlaps with US65 and US79.
US63 runs northeast with US79 until Stuttgart, where the highway north to Hazen. Just north of Hazen, US63 overlaps with I-40 to West Memphis, in West Memphis, US63 runs north with I-55. U. S.63 runs with I-55 until Turrell, where it leaves the interstate and runs concurrent with I-555 until Jonesboro, US49 overlaps the two roadways for two miles in central Jonesboro. US 63/I-555 serves as a by-pass for southern Jonesboro, in Hoxie, US63 intersects with US67. Northwest of here near Portia the highway overlaps with US412, in Imboden US62 joins this overlap. In Hardy, US63 leaves the two highways, in Mammoth Spring, US63 crosses into Missouri, traveling to West Plains. A portion of roadway was mapped out in Arkansas between Mammoth Spring and Memphis and built c and this roadway was eventually designated Highway A-7, and was designated U. S.63. Some of the infrastructure of this early construction has survived the 1927 Mississippi flood. Northwest of Tyronza, Old U. S.63 runs for about 1-1/4 miles of concrete pavement.
Four bridges built in the 1920s (three before the 1927 flood and one after, are on the National Register, interstate 555 U. S. Route 63 National Register of Historic Places in Poinsett County, Arkansas
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