Malorie Medellin

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Brookville, Pa. Brookville, Pa.

Brookville's ascension from a humble 18th-century settlement to a booming 19th-century town is representative of the changing face of the nation in the early 1800s. Nestled in the heavily wooded terrain of western Pennsylvania, the Brookville settlement remained in relative isolation for the better part of a quarter century. Read more

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Warwick, N.Y. Warwick, N.Y.

Cloth, whiskey, and $350 in cash bought the 101,000 square feet of land that the town of Warwick, N.Y., now sits upon. Granted by the governor in 1703, the exchange was secured by 12 colonial speculators from 12 Munsee Indian chiefs. Located in Orange County—named for William III of England, the Prince of Orange—Warwick's history is representative of the tumultuous times experienced by many Eastern colonies. Read more

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Georgetown, Colo. Georgetown, Colo.

Breaking free from their mining party in Central City, Colo., miners George and David Griffith set out to find gold. Within two days, on June 17, 1859, the pair spotted a glimmer in Clear Creek on the site of what is now Georgetown. The town was officially recognized by the territorial legislature in 1868, and its mines yielded abundant metals throughout the 19th century. It even served briefly as the world's leading producer of silver. But even as President Grover Cleveland attempted to bolster the gold standard and lift the country out of economic crisis, Georgetown fell on hard times. The downturn lasted well into the 20th century, and the town's unstable economy all but collapsed with the onset of World War II. Demands for enlistment led to the closing of the last silver and gold mines, and it was not until the late 1950s that Georgetown saw better days. With some help from the Colorado Historical Society, nearly 100 acres of mines, mills, and homes were donated in 1959 for reconstruction and display. Now serving as tourist attractions, the old silver mines once again bring revenue to the town. Read more

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Historic District, Savannah, Ga. Historic District, Savannah, Ga.

When Major General William Sherman entered Savannah with the Union army on Dec. 22, 1864, he expected to burn and pillage it. Another stop along his long March to the Sea, Savannah should have lain in ruins by nightfall. But Sherman was said to be so taken by the beauty of the city that he could not bring himself to destroy it, and instead gave it to President Lincoln as a Christmas gift. A city of second chances, Savannah was founded in 1733 when British General James Oglethorpe arrived with 120 of England's poor and unemployed. The founding of the colony was seen as a fresh start for destitute citizens and a chance to increase trade for the kingdom. Soon though, the city's cotton cultivation revenues helped fill the coffers of the new United States instead. The Savannah Historic District hosts some of the most architecturally significant buildings in the state. Georgian, Greek Revival, and Gothic styles can all be found here under the city's ubiquitous Spanish moss. Read more

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House Blend:  July 2007 House Blend: July 2007

Economists' predictions for employment in the housing industry are grim. With first-quarter housing starts and building permits down nearly 25 percent and 27 percent respectively, forecasts for layoffs in residential construction are topping off in the half-million range. And that's not including related manufacturing jobs, which puts the number closer to a million. - Allstate stops writing new homeowners policies in California as a way to help control its disaster exposure in the state, which is prone to wildfires and earthquakes. - Sluggish home sales in many metro areas have made it more difficult for corporate employers to negotiate job relocations, according to a 2006 survey. Read more

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