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Smithville, TX (IMG) (Images of America)

Carol Phillips Snyder

Smithville's reputation is that of a railroad town, yet it offers an even richer history. Fertile land and the Colorado River attracted pioneers with energy, dreams, and a hunger to build. After Thomas Gazley chose head-right land in Stephen F. Austin's Second Colony in 1827, area settlers joined the fray to secure a Texas free from Mexico's supremacy. Some represented Bastrop County in the new Republic of Texas's legislature. Others stayed home and built a village on the banks of the Colorado. Businessmen influenced the growth of Smithville by attracting the railroad, and soon Smithville was the largest city in the county, offering a place for businesses and families to thrive. Smithville's fortunes have risen and fallen with the railroad, the river, and the Central Texas economy, and it has again become a vital community, this time nurturing scientists, artists, filmmakers, and antique lovers.

What To Do In Atlantic City: Your Guide To An Atlantic City Vacation

Vincent Alvino

If you are planning a trip to the Jersey Shore, then Atlantic City is a great place to start. There are adult and family activities, as well as parks and historic sites to visit. You also have your choice from a 5-star hotel to a campground.As a lifelong resident of the area, I compiled a list of places to get you started. There is much more to see and discovering it along the way is part of the fun. Each place has a rich history for you to discover and learn about.

Galloway Township (Images of America Series)

Joseph Federico

Galloway Township, founded in 1774 by the royal patent of King George III, is the largest municipality in New Jersey, encompassing the Absecon Highlands, Cologne, Conovertown, Germania, Higbeetown, Leeds Point, Oceanville, Pinehurst, Pomona, Smithville, and South Egg Harbor. Galloway has experienced everything from pirates to Prohibition. The Battle of Chestnut Neck occurred in Galloway in 1778 during the American Revolution. Along the way, the township has become home to Historic Smithville and Village Greene, the Seaview Resort, and the Noyes Museum of Art and has become the supposed birthplace of the fabled “Jersey Devil.”

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