Are These America’s Most Interesting Towns?
Breathtaking scenic views, powerful local legends, and more: As we search for America’s Most Interesting Town, these stories surfaced as interesting entries.
What: “Not So Late Show”
So, what makes this town interesting? “Did you know that Lawrence, Kansas has its very own late-night comedy talk show?” wrote resident Leon P. We did not, but now we’re curious. “Host Mike Anderson is hilariously silly. He somehow got Tony Danza’s phone number, and asked him if he’d be on the show—only to get shot down horribly.” Sounds rough! But all in good fun. “I really enjoy having a home-grown show that makes local jokes, talks to local guests, and highlights interesting characters one would run into in our amazing town,” Leon wrote, in his entry for Mike as America’s Most Interesting Character.
Peachtree City, GA
What: Golf Carts on Parade
So, what makes this town interesting? Peachtree City, GA is home to almost 10,000 golf carts according to resident Betsy T., that zip around 90 miles of paths in place of cars. On holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, hundreds of residents decorate the carts instead of traditional floats for the town parade.
What: Famous Fainting Goats
So, what makes this town interesting? “The first recorded mention of ‘fainting’ or ‘nervous’ goats was from Marshall County in the 1880s, according to local historians,” wrote resident Greg L. “The goats demonstrated a strange tendency to become temporarily rigid, even to the point of losing balance and falling over, when startled.”
Lewisburg holds an annual Goats, Music and More Festival to celebrate the area’s quirky claim to fame.
What: Upside Down Flower Towers
So, what makes this town interesting? Fallen trees in the Tongass National Forest are converted into these artistic “upside down flower towers” as part of the Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure tour.
Eau Claire, WI
What: A Monster in the Chippewa River?
So, what makes this town interesting? “Just last week the Chippewa River became home to a sculpture of the Loch Ness monster, ‘Nessie,’” wrote Wisconsin resident Maria J. “Even more strange than a sculpture of Nessie taking home in the middle of the river is the fact that no one has any idea where it came from. It was simply there one day.”
What: Patriots’ Day Parade
So, what makes this town interesting? What started as a tradition of celebrating America’s veterans nearly 140 years ago in Polo, IL continues to this day. As in the 1917 parade, above, today “people still line the streets, stand, remove their hats, and put their hands over their hearts as the flag passes, applauding loudly as veterans go by,” wrote local Linda G. “Polo’s Memorial Day Parade is small-town America at its best, happy to live in a town where the community remembers and wholeheartedly respects and honors its fallen.”
Lake Placid, FL
What: A Tree Grows in Nearby Lake Istokpoga!
So, what makes it interesting? How’s that for a unique view? “A natural lake lined with graceful Cypress trees offers spectacular sunrises and sunsets,” wrote resident Cheryl L. “This tree, just off of our dock, is home to nesting Ospreys.”
Ness City, KS
What: The Ness County Bank Building
So, what makes it interesting? “Nicknamed ‘Skyscraper of the Plains,’ the Ness County Bank Building is one of the eight wonders of Kansas architecture,” wrote resident Yvette S., “said to be the finest and most imposing structure west of Topeka when it was finished in 1890.” Civil War veterans did much of the construction work and heavy lifting—one single arch stone weighed nearly 7,000 pounds, according to the Kansas Sampler. The four-story landmark was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
What: A Town’s Story, Written in Flames
So, what makes it interesting? “Downtown Anamosa was devastated by fire on February 14, 1875,” wrote Becky D. “At half past 1 a.m., wild cries of ‘Fire! Fire!’ broke upon the stillness of the night, the congregational bell echoed the dreadful alarm, and in a few minutes, hundreds of citizens were rushing in the direction of the lurid light of roaring and crackling flames.”