Where do a small number of you come from?

Posted by on August 29, 2011

Last week, we looked at which towns or cities sent the most visitors to macmillandictionary.com.

We’ve had a few guesses at which city is 10th in the list, some on the Facebook page and just one (!) in the comments section here. And no one guessed right. The answer is … Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon, the largest and most densely populated city in Vietnam. The prize will have to be held over until the next competition in September.

All these cities send in tens of thousands of vistors every month, but what about the other end of the scale?

There are over 3,000 towns or cities who sent just one visitor in the last month. They include Amelia Court House in Virginia, USA; Steinakirchen am Forst in Austria; and Anykščiai in Lithuania.

But the spookiest must be the fantastically named Factoryville. According to the Internet it’s a ghost town in Nebraska, which has been deserted since the 1890s. Presumably, any resident of a ghost town must be a ghost, and it’s nice to know that we’re serving an even wider community than we’d thought.

But more prosaically, there is another settlement with the same name, and I suspect that our solitary visitor was one of the 1,144 flesh-and-blood inhabitants of Factoryville, Wyoming.

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Comments (2)
  • You know what they say: Print the legend! Or in this case, the ghost story.

    Posted by Stan on 29th August, 2011
  • For a while my IP address was coming from a ghost town also, Cabell City in the Eastern Part of Oregon. http://pnwphotoblog.com/ghost-town-of-cabell-city-oregon/

    Which is weird, as that town didn’t ever have phone service. I’m not even sure it had electricity outside of an onsite generator! And even weirder, as I lived nearly 100 miles away!

    Posted by Scott on 1st March, 2015
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