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[SC4]  Washington County, established in 1765 by a man named Cuarto Montejano , it's situated between Washington Bay, and the Pacific Ocean, with major metropolitan cities like Bristol, established in 1797 by Louis Richards and  Bernado Barcelona, though its disputed who truly was the town founder, but anyways it was incorporated in 1821; within the county, and surrounded by hills, rural towns,  it has a unique twist of Spanish, British, and American Influences. Cities like Empire Bay, founded in 1849 by Andrew Washington, who is considered the "founder of 'modern' Bristol and Washington County",who Washington County and it's famous bay got its name from after his new county was drawn when California became a state in 1850, replacing Cendejas County where it's head was Centro del Bristol, today that is historical part of Bristol. The county's unique history from the 1700s to today, gives it life. From it's famous organized crime, it's disputes of who founded one of America's great cities, to being part of a international war. (Anglo-Spanish War, 1766-1808), there's no doubt that Washington County has a story for anything that happens in it's borders. 

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Interactive Entry #1  -  H&T Proposal

So, this isn't exactly a traditional update, but instead what I call a Interactive Entry, where I make Washington County, which involves you voting on a particular proposal set by a company, or government authority in the county. 



PROPOSAL: H&T Elevated Rail Proposal

Hoffbauer and Terrebonne, who runs the historic street-car line in historic Bristol district, attempted this proposal in the 1960s, but was shot down due to citizen's concerns then, but now in 2016 they bring up the proposal to give Bristol something almost any major US City has, a elevated rail line to help reduce traffic throughout the city, and encourage public transit.



Hoffbauer & Terrebonne was established in 1860, and created the historic street-car/trolley line on Central Street in what is now, historic Bristol. They provide railroad transit and currently manages the Liaojiang-Bristol Station in Liaojiang. They are a main passenger railroad company in Southern California, started by Anton Hoffbauer and Francis Terrebonne, in a attempt to cash in on the new railroad business by establishing work for the SoCal region of the United States.





Choose wisely, on the proposal.


Washington County Government & Bristol City Council Government

Washington County Government Address: 1459 Main Street, Washington City, California

Bristol City Council Government Address: 545 Barou Street, Bristol, California






Welcome to Liaojiang, Bristol's famous version of Chinatown. Established in 1857 simply as Bristol's Chinatown District during the Gold Rush era of California, and became a high populated area of Chinese coming from the slowly failing Qing Dynasty of China, in hopes of a better life. Cities on the west coast like San Francisco, having Chinatowns, the trade city of Bristol's was constructed for those that couldn't find room in SF's Chinatown. 


This Ming-Qing style of architecture gate and wall set was constructed during the 1880s as a way to sign the area seperate from Bristol, as during this time the city had the room to build the once distant district, into it's own little 'city' with walls surrounding most of it. Though with the main train station constructed in the 1930s in Chinatown, it became more decorative than actaully roping it off from the city. The gates now give entrance into Sun Yat-Sen avenue, which was constructed in the 1940s during the Kuomintang Era, which will be explained more soon..


Sitting at the end of Sun Yat-sen Avenue, is the main gate into the Tang Dynasty architecture styled palace, which is called the Gate of Eternal Peace, which what the Kuomintang Nationalist Party of China had the idea of. Peace for Chinese, Americans, and the whole world. 


Behind the iconic gate is the now, Nationalist Museum of China, which is owned and operated by the Kuomintang Nationalist Party of China, who currently is a leading party of Taiwan and established the Republic of China in 1911, after overthrowing the Qing Dynasty of China. Though, after the Chinese Civil War, the Kuomintang was exiled to Taiwan by the Communist Party, who established their Maoist one party dictatorship in mainland China. Leaving them to ruling Taiwan, and Bristol became a major area for KMT Government officials working in the mainland to escape to. Leaving a deal with the city, county, and California governments. That the KMT could take the Chinatown district, as a safe haven to them, with 'autonomy' from city and county level. Leaving that they are exempt from city ordinances and county ordinances. Leaving the district to become revitalized under the KMT's own district council, who is connected to the present day Taiwanese government. So in the 1950s, the palace was built as a consulate to the RoC and the USA, on conditions that the land and buildings remain controlled by the district council. Though, the council and district is not allowed to have a separate judicial system, and Bristol law enforcement still has power in the district. Though, the council has security gaurds who have powers similar to police in the district. Though as said, all judicial matters must be in power of Bristol and Washington County.  When the USA switched allegiances to the PRC (Mainland China) in 1972,  the KMT and Liaojiang council transformed it into a museum of Chinese heritage, bringing in actual artifacts they saved from the Cultural Revolution of Mainland China, to put in the National Museum in Taipei, and the Nationalist Museum of China in Liaojiang. 



As well built is the Liaojiang National Hall , where during celebrations indoor celebrations are held with traditional chinese music, plays, etc. As well as often traditional chinese plays and shows are held. As well as concerts with traditional chinese music, dancing, and often food. The National Hall keeps alive the ancient chinese culture that Mainland China lost during their Cultural Revolution. 


Most of the original Chinatown was torn down in the 1940s-1980s during the KMT's revitalization of the district. Old 1890s-1930s city buildings were torn down in the 1970s-1980s for more modern shopping buildings that would be seen in Taipei. As a way to reflect this as a miniature Taipei instead of being your typical Chinatown with normal American buildings just with Chinese signs. The KMT, went all out to make sure the city looks as close to Taipei, and Taiwan as the KMT could get it. As seen in front of the historic Chinatown Station built in the 1930s. One of the last buildings built during the old era. It was preserved due to a small clause the KMT put in saying that this train station, out of all the buildings must remain to show remnants of the past Chinatown. Today, the station was renamed to the Liaojiang-Bristol Train Station.


On Sun Yat-sen Avenue, Taipei styled shops are down the avenue, and then major towers such as the Oriental Resort, which is a prominent 5 star hotel and resort on the avenue. 


The Kowloon Terraces on Palace Avenue is a historic 1950s building home of the Liaojiang District Council, where district ordinances are signed. 


Modern skyscrapers like the Aurora Hotel, tower over the district, giving it a more unique skyline to the rest of Bristol. Behind it is the replica of the Sun Yat-sen memorial, which remains a welcome center of the museum and the entire district. It was originally a welcome center to the consulate and it's palace design and history.


A overview of Liaojiang, showing it's close proximity to the city's downtown district. The Bristol district show's its unique culture and style from it's typical American city districts. 



"There's only three great American cities; New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco, the rest is Cleveland."

Welcome than to Cleveland, also called Bristol.

Bristol,  established in 1797, and incorporated in 1821, founded by a man named Louis Richards as a city in the thin landmass between Washington Bay, and the Pacific Ocean that had a ideal trading river, which he named the Bristol River. By the mid to late 1800s it began to grow into the major city we know today. Today it's a bustling economic center of the pacific coast. Rivaling cities like Los Angeles and Seattle. Though at the cost of large crime rates, and poverty growing in the southern districts. But, Bristol is not is not truly what it seems, infact just in downtown, a past of so violent, that formed its history and how it's seen to the United States, and the world. From the organized crime bosses, corruptions, and scandals, Bristol is formed, but within it all, sits culture, arts, shopping, and the beauty of the city.  


The beauty of the city, hides within plain site. During the 1960s-1980s period, the city had a boom of high rises, and economic development, but it eventually ended and left us buildings such as the World Trade Center building of Bristol, as seen.


Eventually, the city by the late 1990s-early 2010s did the city finally return with a 'mini' boom with buildings like the CenturyLink building being built in the corner of the heart of the CBD. Roadworks of this era, to help reduce traffic turned streets like these, into dead ends, to reduce traffic but it only made it worse. The city is in the process of fixing it, but city council delays is preventing it.


Buildings like the Mid-Century Tower, which was built as the city's tallest skyscraper was built during this period, overshadowing the background Westerman Bank Tower. 


Historical skyscrapers such as the Bristol Utility Company Tower, was overshadowed by newer skyscrapers of the 'mini' boom of construction.


Buildings like the Regal Theatre, or the Hotel Huber, refuse to become hidden and remain somewhat, seen within the grand skyline.


Though many buildings were torn down, like near the Eastern Company Building,  when it came from having neighbors to surrounded by parking lots, saved by historic preservationist. 


Even then, more historic structures like the Bristol Tribune Tower, were hidden by skyscrapers like the World Trade Center.

Though, the boom hasn't covered the past or experience of the city, but made it more noticeable and stand out from the box and glass towers.


The infamous Victoria hotel built in the 1950s, which in the 1960s, became part of the Easter Day Massacre when two major organized crime families had a shootout outside, and inside the hotel, killing around fifty-five people, ten being police officers. Today, the Victoria is historical for the Easter Day Massacure, and it's 5 star quality rooms. 


The historic Macy's store in the western half of the CBD, remains a prominent shopping experience in the city. 


The historic St. A. Hospital is famous for being born to Bristol Rock  Singer, Alex Kalvan who became one of the most prominent 80s rock singers in the United States. 


Historic storefronts align the city, hardships, but show the proud history of the city of Bristol.

Bristol, has more uncovered secrets in downtown, but you can't simply give away everything in the city's welcoming, got to keep the negative ideals, for next time.

Till then, Bristol awaits for you, as the sun goes down, Bristol arises.




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