ferroz123, Huston, Pwel28, Richie99, chrissc94, rewright: Thanks guys for the comments, I appreciate you checking in.
Chrissc94: Historical progression is was my goal. Glad you noticed
rewright: I just found the link to the map the other day. Read the entry to find the link
The Beginning of a Boom Town (Part 1)
First, because I want to make sure I give credit to the map makers and I know a couple of you have requested the map. A couple days ago I was looking for a couple lots on the stex, and as I was scrolling down I happened to stumble upon the Map in the Stex. The map is made by the fine map makers over at NHP. You can download it here. NHP Pacific Rim National Park. You can find the real world location here on Google maps. As you can see I've done a bit of terraforming to make the map shown in my region, but without the editing it is still a fantastic map.
Back to Provident Bay...
The Alto Railroad has been a HUGE success for Provident Bay. After only 5 years the population has doubled and Provident Bay is sitting just under 15,000 within city proper. There has been so much going on in Provident Bay that it is going to take 2 updates to show all the new construction that has been spurred because of the railroad.
First, because of how successful Provident Bay has been the citizens decided to construct their mayor, John Carter, a proper Mayor's House. The humble mayor did not want to put the city's money toward building himself a house but the citizens would have none of it. They voted 9 to 1 to build John Carter a new house. Also on the same block, Lovington Hall was built. It houses the Mayor's office and other city planning offices. One of the joys of being Mayor in Provident Bay is that your office is on the same block as your house.
Right next to Lovington Hall is the new Chamber of Commerce. Because of all the new growth, the commerce department needed their own building. You'll also see St. Marks church which was the first of 2 new churches built in Provident Bay
The people of Provident Bay decided they needed a place for entertainment and within a year the city provided. Welcome to the Regal Theater. Word of the Regal Theater has spread through simlandia and it has become somewhat of a tourist destination for travelers.
New citizens means more kids. More kids means a new school, and in 1914 kids in Provident Bay had a new building to call their own.
With people now arriving mostly by train versus boat, the small train station that started the boom needed an overhaul. Provident Bay's new train station is 4 times as big and has spurred growth along Main St. Plenty of new businesses have opened up along Main Street, and at night Main Street is hopping. The Chicago Club, which opened its doors in 1915, is Provident Bay's place to be during the evening.
Provident Square houses 2 more new government buildings. Provident Bay's new courthouse sits on the east side of the block and the new police HQ sits on the west.
Main Street isn't the only place where construction has boomed since the railroad opened. The citizens or Provident Bay have a thing for clocks, and on the north side of the harbor along Light St, the Alexandria Clock tower along with the Madison building were built. This brings the total amount of buildings with clocks up to 7 in Provident Bay.
Right next to the Alexandria Clock tower is Provident Bay's new park, Maplewood Park
One of the last pieces of open land sits next to the Harbor. Current plans have this part of town to be the new "main street" of Provident Bay, however those ideas have been blocked by a couple industry owners who want that land next to the harbor to become another dock for Provident Bay. The arguments have gone on for over a year with no end in sight.
Provident Bay's 2nd new church, St Matthew's sits right across from the open land.
Provident Bay has been a nightmare for ship captains arriving at night. The city lights are able to light up the sky near downtown, but with all the ships coming in something better was needed. It didn't take long for a Lighthouse to appear in Provident Bay.
Come back soon for Part 2 where we'll find out why more ships are coming into Provident Bay