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1. Town of Vienna, Md.--pop. 288--The Honorable Russell Brinsfield, Mayor
A scenic village on the western bank of the Nanticoke River in southeastern Dorchester County, Vienna was originally known as "the town on the Nanticoke River" until 1706. In the early days, the town thrived as a trade center for tobacco, becoming very important to commerce as the location for the first shipyard built on the Nanticoke River. Recently, its elementary school was selected as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School, and its annual Shad Festival draws nearly 1,000 visitors.
2. City of Parkville, Mo.--pop. 4,059--The Honorable Kathryn Dusenbery, Mayor
Nestled in the natural beauty of wooded hills and river-carved limestone bluffs, Parkville, "Where the Missouri Comes Alive," was originally a thriving Missouri River port town bustling with a healthy commerce of hemp, furs, and other products. After a period of near economic collapse when proslavery factions and abolitionists clashed, the town was rejuvenated with the establishment of Park College in 1875. Today, Parkville represents a marvelous mix of antiques, crafts, specialty shops and restaurants.
3. Town of Laurel, Del.--pop. 3,668--The Honorable John J. Shwed, Mayor
Founded in 1683, Laurel is home to more historic buildings than any other town in Delaware, with 800 on the National Historic Record. The town was plotted in 1802 after the sale of an Indian reservation along the Broad Creek, and named for the laurel trees growing along the creek's banks. It is well known for its great water recreation spots, including Trap Pond and Trussum Pond, homes to the northernmost natural stand of bald cypress trees in North America, including the two tallest trees in Delaware.
4. Town of North Kingstown, R.I.--pop. 24,743--The Honorable Elizabeth Dolan, President
This "sea town" is famous as a summer resort and haven for pleasure because of its natural harbor and beaches. It is home to Casey Farm, one of the oldest working farms in New England. During World War II, the building of the Quonset Naval Air Station changed the town to a key naval station. Today, North Kingstown is not only home to the "Seabee," designed by a native Rhode Islander and now part of an historic museum, but also Rhode Island's largest economic potential featuring a deep-water port, rail lines and the state's longest runway.
5. City of East St. Louis, Ill.--pop. 31,542--The Honorable Carl E. Officer, President
In 1861 a questionable election resulted in the merger of Illinoistown, the town of St. Clair, and the town of East St. Louis into one corporate unit to be named the town of East St. Louis. John Bowman was elected the first executive. East St. …