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Niota

History Amzi Doolittle (one of my all-time favorite names) and Edward White arrived in 1826. Doolittle built a mill near where a little village called Appanoose was platted in 1836. Another European who arrived early was Patrick Dougherty of Sligo County, Ireland. He built a home here in 1829 and later walked all the way […]

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Pontoosuc

Population (2010) 146 History Pontoosuc peaked early. Kentucky-born Hezekiah Spillman moved in and built a home around 1825. He made a living by selling wood to passing steamboats, so this spot naturally became known as Spillman’s Landing. He also ran a ferry across the river; here are some sample fees: $1 for a man and […]

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Dallas City

Population (2010) 945 History Israel Atherton purchased the land around present-day Dallas City in 1836 and built a log cabin but didn’t stick around all that long. He sold the land to John Finch, who platted a village in 1848. It got off to a slow start. Nearby Pontoosuc was already established and had more […]

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