Hometown Heritage

Readers Share stories of what makes their hometowns special.



Pony Express Rider
History of the Pony Express Lies in St. Joseph, Missouri
Brian Orr
American Falls
World-Famous Waterfall: The beautiful, cascading waterfall of the American Falls in Niagara Falls, New York, draws as many as 2 million visitors each year.
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Camden, Arkansas, Public Library
Three Historical Buildings Live in Camden, Arkansas: This little building, which was constructed in 1850 as a law office, became a public library in Camden, Arkansas, in 1906, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Mildred McKinney
Shrine of St. Patrick
Town of St. Patrick, Missouri, is Proud of its Irish Heritage: Fashioned after St. Patrick’s Memorial Church of Four Masters in Donegal, Ireland, the Shrine of St. Patrick in St. Patrick, Missouri, has a rose window, a round tower, marble from Italy and Spain, and 37 stained glass windows made in Ireland.
Postcard photo by Daryl Buechting
Thomas Edison's Birthplace
Edison’s Birthplace in Milan, Ohio, is Historical Landmark: Milan, Ohio, is proud of its ties to Thomas Edison, who was born there. His birthplace home is now a memorial and museum that offers guided tours.
Courtesy Edison Birthplace
1966 Tornado Aftermath
Devastating Tornado Rips Through Topeka, Kansas: An F5 tornado that hit Topeka, Kansas, on June 8, 1966, cut a four-block-wide swath of destruction through the capital city, destroying businesses, homes and vehicles. It also injured some 500 people, and claimed the lives of 16.
Courtesy KansasMemory.org, Kansas State Historical Society, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply, www.kshs.org/research/collections/documents/photos/webuse.htm
Willa Cather's Childhood Home
Red Cloud, Nebraska, Was Author’s Window to the World: Willa Cather’s Childhood Home is just one of the many historic sites in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
Ashley Nolan
Arthur Capper
Arthur Capper’s Childhood Home is in Longton, Kansas: Arthur Capper’s dream of becoming a newspaperman began in Longton, Kansas, when he lived there as a child.
Courtesy KansasMemory.org, Kansas State Historical Society, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply, www.kshs.org/research/collections/documents/photos/webuse.htm











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