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10 Fun Facts About This Year’s All-America Cities

Discover 10 fun facts about the 2014 All-America City Award winners.

By Raven Petty on August 6, 2014

The movie Where the Boys Are made Fort Lauderdale Beach a top spring break spot in 1961.
Photo courtesy of Robot Brainz

Every year, 10 cities emerge as winners of the National Civic League's coveted All-America City Award for showing "innovation, civic engagement, inclusiveness and cross-sector collaboration” with projects that address specific community challenges.

This year's All-America City Award winners earned recognition for excellent projects that focused on community health, which you can read more about here.

Congratulations to the winners, below, along with some fun facts about them.

Montgomery, AL:

The world's first electric trolley system debuted in Montgomery in 1886.

San Pablo, CA:

The first native-born Californian to serve as the state's governor, Juan Bautista Alvarado, made San Pablo his home.

Brush!, CO:

The exclamation point after the name dates to 1978 when the Brush Area Chamber of Commerce and the City Council began placing the exclamation point after Brush to emphasize a "can-do attitude".

Fort Lauderdale, FL:

Fort Lauderdale Beach became a college spring break hot spot in 1961, a direct result of the hit movie Where the Boys Are, which starred singer Connie Francis.

Cedar Rapids, IA:

Grant Wood painted the iconic American Gothic at home and studio in Cedar Rapids in 1930. Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, which houses the world's largest collection of Wood’s work, now owns the studio.

Chelsea, MA:

Samuel Maverick settled Chelsea in 1624. Historians consider his trading post to be the first permanent settlement at Boston Harbor.

Independence, OR:

Known as “Hop Capital of the World” from the late 1890s to the 1940s, Independence's population swelled annually during hop harvesting season because of the 40,000-50,000 hop pickers working there.

Brownsville, TX:

During the Civil War, Brownsville was a key point for Confederates smuggling goods into Mexico.

Hampton, VA:

This was the site of America's first continuous English-speaking settlement.

Eau Claire, WI:

Bob Seger wrote Turn the Page in a hotel room in Eau Claire.

*Photo courtesy of Robot Brainz, available under a Creative Commons license.

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