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Important Cities in U.S. History

Based on the clues, name these cities that are an important part of American history.
Last updated: July 20, 2015
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Clue
City
Witch trials of 1692
Salem
Birthplace of jazz
New Orleans
Home of America's auto industry
Detroit
Continental Congress
Philadelphia
Destination of 1849 gold rushers
San Francisco
Kansas frontier town
and terminus of cattle drives
Dodge City
New Mexico art colony of
Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams
Taos
Main capital of the Confederacy
Richmond
The most famous Civil War battle
Gettysburg
Oldest city in the U.S.
St. Augustine
Clue
City
Battle of the Alamo
San Antonio
Vanderbilt and Astor summer mansions
Newport
Massachusetts textile manufacturing
Lowell
Biggest city in the South, circa 1800
Charleston
"The Star-Spangled Banner" inspiration
Baltimore
Rosa Parks bus boycott
Montgomery
First permanent English settlement
Jamestown
Forcible integration
of high schoolers in 1957
Little Rock
Timothy McVeigh's terrorist attack
Oklahoma City
Wright Brothers /
Bosnia peace accords
Dayton
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level 29
Mar 26, 2014
St. Augustine and Lowell are not so much cities as 'towns' and outside the boundaries of this quiz (especially the former, which never averaged more than a couple hundred).
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level 50
Mar 26, 2014
Also, Gettysburg was a really small town at the time. For that to be included the definition of city would have to be very lenient.
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level 74
Mar 27, 2014
So accept that the quiz uses a lenient definition of "city" and move on.
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level 71
Mar 26, 2014
Lowell is the fourth largest city in Massachusetts with over 100,000 people, and its population was that high in the 19th century as well...
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level 29
Mar 26, 2014
I'll grant that it is (was) a large town and certainly important for the industrialization of the NE. The fact that it reached its peak population of just over 100,000, during the PEAK of industrialization is evidence of this. It is no more a city than Abilene, TX or Kenosha, WI (both with populations over 100,000).
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level ∞
Mar 27, 2014
@JohnStrand. Here in America, Lowell, Kenosha and Abilene are very much cities.
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level 66
May 15, 2014
Some states only have "cities." For instance, no matter the size, all of North Dakota's cities are legally "cities." Even if they have "town" in the name. Strange, but true. :D
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level 19
May 1, 2014
Being from Florida and having been to St. Augustine the actual population is around 13,500 clearly more than a few 100.
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level 29
Mar 26, 2014
Salem too
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level 71
Mar 26, 2014
Is it not Gettysburg?
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level ∞
Mar 26, 2014
Fixed
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level 29
Mar 26, 2014
I'm not just a 'critical' guy. I love the concept of the quiz and would like to see it expanded (even if the title has to be changed). As far as the oldest 'city' that is a little more than just a sparsely-manned settlement, that would probably be Santa Fe - a fact most Americans are probably unaware of as its settlement was not part of the dogged push westward... Which is one reason why I would love to see it included.
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level 46
Mar 27, 2014
I believe the Newport question should read Vanderbilt and Astor. Good quiz, though could Kitty Hawk be accepted for the Wright Brothers?
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level 37
May 28, 2014
No, the bosnia peace accorda were in dayton, plus the wright brothers are famously from dayton, they just flew their test flight in north carolina.
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level 77
Jun 25, 2014
Fort McHenry for Baltimore?
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level 66
Feb 15, 2018
Fort McHenry isn't a city, though.
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level 67
Jul 12, 2015
Lowell is one of the larger cities in Massachusetts.
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level 62
Jul 2, 2018
It's still only one of a bunch of early textile mill towns in New England. There's a National historic park there though.
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level 52
Jul 20, 2015
"Aster" is a flower. "Astor" owned a mansion.
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level ∞
Jul 20, 2015
Fixed
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level 57
Aug 6, 2015
I got Taos, but wouldn't normally classify it as "important".
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level 62
Jul 2, 2018
No, that's more of a place colonized by photographers the quiz maker likes. It could just as easily be Chadds Ford or Prouts Neck or Key West.
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level 29
Sep 24, 2015
Santa Fe is the oldest city. Unless the correct answer was founded before 1582. Santa Fe was created by the Conquistadors, I believe.
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level 50
Jan 25, 2016
Santa Fe is the oldest continuous state capital in what became the US. However, St. Augustine was founded before Santa Fe. Both cities were founded by the Spanish. As it is inland Santa Fe was settled later.
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level 74
Jul 11, 2016
Santa Fe was the site of a previous Native American village, but it was a ruin when the city was founded by Europeans, and it was after St. Augustine. So Santa Fe may be the oldest village site, but not one of continuous use.
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level 79
Mar 4, 2016
I have some serious issues with this quiz First, on the issue of consistency, it accepts just "Dodge" for Dodge City but not "Oklahoma" for Oklahoma City. Second, the importance of Newport is questionable at best, and virtually non-existent at best. I would suggest replacing this with any number of cities that actually have historical significance. Finally, The part of the Dayton clue about the Wright Brothers should be dropped as they're associated much more with Kittyhawk, NC. It really doesn't make sense to have this tacked on there when "Bosnia peace accords" is already enough of a clue.
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level ∞
Jan 8, 2017
"Serious" issues. Hmmm...
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level 56
Jan 12, 2019
I'm super cereal this time!
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level 70
May 25, 2017
You lost me after your first 5 words.
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level 71
Apr 20, 2018
Still, he/she is right about the "City" part for OKC. Most quizzes don't request it for New York, Mexico, Panama and the likes.
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level 74
Jul 2, 2018
lol
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level 66
Jan 12, 2019
Regarding your first point, Dodge City is frequently referred to by just "Dodge," as in the phrase "Get the hell out of Dodge." No one refers to Oklahoma City as just "Oklahoma;" that refers exclusively to the state.
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level 49
Apr 16, 2016
I briefly hoped this covered some obscure fact I received growing up in Arizona; Oraibi, a Hopi village is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the US. Considerably short of a city, but claim to fame still.
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level 67
Mar 10, 2017
Lowell, Massachusetts is a full fledged city and a very important one during the industrial revolution
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level 59
May 1, 2017
Generally Quizmaster makes interesting quizzes that make you think a bit. I hope that we see more of these quizzes that make you go "hmm".
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level 67
Aug 18, 2017
Interesting, if very tricky quiz for us non Americans.
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level 75
Nov 16, 2017
I didn't even know that the Wright Brothers and Bosnia were at war.
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level 76
Jun 6, 2018
Well not since the Dayton Peace Accords they're not.
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level 74
Jul 2, 2018
Some ideas for cities if anyone makes a sequel: New York, Boston, Levittown (1st suburb), Flint, Dearborn (Ford), Williamsburg, Lexington, Concord, Savannah, Youngstown (steel, mafia), Salt Lake City, San Juan (actual oldest city), Antietam/Sharpsburg, Manassas (Civil War), Yorktown, St Louis (Westward expansion), Kitty Hawk (Wright Brothers), Chicago (many things), Atlanta (Coca Cola), Tombstone, Atlantic City, San Antonio (I forget)
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level 62
Jul 2, 2018
The Balkan Wars were the first place airplanes were used in combat. Take that, Dayton hating naysayers. (Just trying to get you guys to learn something you might not know about. Very important lead ups to the big one.)
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level 38
Oct 8, 2018
Isn't New York City extremely important because of it's reputation as a immigration hub? What about Cleveland and it's manufacturing or Akron and it's rubber? I would like to think all those were more important then St. Augustine, Dodge City and Taos. Especially New York City and why Oklahoma City just for a terrorist attack that's barely remembered? New York City had a much bigger and much more remembered attack happen on 9/11.
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level 66
Jan 12, 2019
No one is saying that these are the MOST important American cities. Sure, New York is a very important city, but it's also the first city just about anyone in the world will guess on a quiz on American cities, without even looking at the clues. These cities are important as well, in their own ways, and there's nothing wrong with making the quiz just a little more challenging.