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Oldest Historic Town in Every State

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21. Massachusetts
> Oldest town: Plymouth
> Year of first settlement: 1620

Plymouth was not the original destination for the Pilgrims who came here on the “Mayflower.” They intended to land in a region near the Hudson River, but turbulent seas preventing them from doing so. More than half of the original settlers of Plymouth died during the first winter in the new settlement. They were victims of an epidemic.

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22. Michigan
> Oldest town: Sault Ste. Marie
> Year of first settlement: 1668

French missionaries and fur traders were the first Europeans to visit the region. Among them was Father Jacques Marquette who named the settlement Sault Ste. Marie in honor of the Virgin Mary.

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23. Minnesota
> Oldest town: Wabasha
> Year of first settlement: 1830

Wabasha is named after the chief of the Sioux Nation, Chief Wa-pa-shaw. There are more than 50 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the historic district of Wabasha. The town is also home to the conservation facility National Eagle Center because of the abundance of the country’s national symbol in the Wabasha region

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24. Mississippi
> Oldest town: Biloxi
> Year of first settlement: 1699

Eight flags have flown over Biloxi since it was founded by French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville in 1699. Biloxi takes its name from the Native American tribe that inhabited the area.

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25. Missouri
> Oldest town: St. Genevieve
> Year of first settlement: 1735

The settlement was founded by French Canadians in what was then the Territory of Louisiana. St. Genevieve also was briefly the home of John James Audubon, the noted ornithologist.

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