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A Few Good Rocks

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Ragnoff

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 I would like to take you to another little town in the area, the only town not initially founded along the water or at a road crossing or juncture during the early settlement.

<u><span style="font-size: x-large; ">Boomtown</span></u>

Boomtowns history, and its name, were somewhat of a joke. A few scam artists trying desperately to raise a stake and head back to England came up with the idea of going off and finding a somewhat mountainous area, hunting around until they found something that they could pass off as valuable rocks, and coming back and "selling" the location.

It worked.

The new owners, finding themselves suddenly out quite a bit of money, decided that the initial plan was a good one and sold it again.

Fourteen times a badly drawn map, an X that was marked Boomtown, and a bag full of semi precious stones and fools gold were sold, with the seller moaning their bad luck at required to return to England because of family reasons before they could exploit their strike.

Finally the map was sold to John Newman, who recognize that he was only seeing Fool's Gold and that the semi-precious gems were not worth much. However, he believed that several of the rocks bore traces of coal, and thought that a successful coal mine could be built on the site of the strike.  

He was right!

Here is the initial coal mine and village of Boomtown as seen from the West.

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With steamships becoming more common, Neuman believed a successful business could be built out of mining and selling coal.  In only a year, a town and the mine's output grew.  Here is the town as seen from the south.

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The Newman family still feels that this was a grand joke, and have been laughing all the way to the bank for years now!

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Elsewhere the region continues to grow, and is over 10,000 souls. Many of the last thousand or so are scattered in the small communities that are beginning to appear along waterways and roads.  Although these small towns are the areas that experienced the most growth, not all new souls to the area are located in the small towns. Aedans Landing, as one of the main communities linked to Boomtown found itself supplying Boomtown with much of its food.

<span style="font-size: x-large; "><u>Aedans Landing - Revisited</u></span>

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As you can see there's a great deal more farmland, so much so that no one was able to remain "unemployed." You may remember Bobby Samson, who was trying - as the new farms were being built - to continue to claim he was not suitable for farm work, manual labor, carrying things, or about anything else that involves him leaving his house.  Several of the various farmers' larger sons got together, and "convinced" Bobby he was actually quite good at moving rocks, specifically picking big rocks out of the new fields and carrying them out of the way of the plows.  Bobby, deciding to enjoy the company of his remaining teeth for a while longer, quickly became an expert rock picker.

Aedans Landing's newest neighborhood was considered to be quite a nice area to live.

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Oak Heights, was so named by the first couple homesteaders on the heights overlooking the bay for the beautiful oak trees that stood along the bluff. Ironically, the oak trees proved to be such good building wood that now that the original homesteaders have neighbors, they no longer have old oak trees!

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