The first episode of the American Towns project tells about the city that is located on the shores of the lake with the longest geographical name in the United States – Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

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The first episode of the American Towns project tells about the city that is located on the shores of the lake with the longest geographical name in the USA - Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

Journalists of the Russian Service «Voices of America» found out how the inhabitants of Webster live – a small town on the border of the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Webster is best known for its lake – its name consists of 45 letters, and it is officially the longest place name in America

Officially, the city of Webster appeared on the maps in March 1832, but the first inhabitants appeared here at the beginning of the 18th century. – in 1713.

99 Years Later Samuel Slater – founding father of the American factory production system – built the first textile factory on the territory of today’s Webster, and after another 20 years he founded a settlement on the territory that was previously part of the cities of Dudley and Oxford.

Postage stamp with a portrait of Secretary of State Webster, 1890

Slater named Webster after his friend – influential American politician of the early 19th century Daniel Webster, who represented the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts in Congress, and was the US Secretary of State in the administrations of three presidents at once – William Henry Harrison, John Tyler and Millard Fillmore.

Webster in Massachusetts – Far from being the only American city to receive the name of a former secretary of state and congressman. Daniel Webster’s name is also borne by cities in the states of New Hampshire, Michigan and New York, seven civil districts in several states. His name was also given to a highway and a mountain in the state of New Hampshire, as well as two ships in the US Navy..

People

According to the results of the 2010 census, more than 11 thousand people live in the city (the population has decreased by 5 thousand over 10 years). The vast majority of residents – European Americans, with at least a third of them – descendants of Poles. Webster has basilica of st joseph – the oldest Polish-American Catholic parish church in the New England region.

Within the boundaries of the city is Nipmak Indian Reservation with an area of ​​about 1 hectare. Its official name – Chobunagungamaug reservation. The Nipmak tribe and its reservation are officially recognized only by the Massachusetts authorities: the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs does not recognize the Nipmak chiefs as a tribal government.

The tribe has about 500 people, but none of them live on the territory of the reservation. This place is used by representatives of the tribe as a site for celebrations and ceremonies..

The numbers

45 letters numbered in the name of the lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagog-gchaubunagungamaugg, which is located in the city. It is officially the longest place name in the United States, and the third longest place name in the world. The first place in this ranking is occupied by a hill called Taumatauakatangyangakoahuahuotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronkupokanuenuakitanatahu in New Zealand – its name consists of 85 letters.

15 letters “g” numbered in the name of the lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchau-bunagungamaugg

48 898 dollars – real median income for a family living in Webster. That’s $ 27,000 less than the US average ($ 75,938 in 2017, according to the Census Bureau).

1812 – the year in which entrepreneur Samuel Slater founded the East Village textile mill – the oldest of the three factory complexes in Webster. At one time, the factory employed more than 600 people. Now only one tower remains of the historic building; a shopping center was built on the territory of the former factory

1954 – year of foundation Nipmuc Water Ski Club. In the summer, Webster, thanks to a lake with a difficult to pronounce name (this, by the way, the largest natural body of water in Massachusetts) becomes a resort town.

Thousands of New England residents come here to go water skiing and just sunbathe on the beaches off the shores of Chargoggagoggmancha-uggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.

What do residents say about the city?

Richard Kezol:; Webster – it is the center of the universe that people do not even know about. Mike Shaw, Deputy Chief of Police:; Webster is a unique place. It is a small town with the problems of a big city. During my work here, three officers got into firefights. Not all small towns do this by Paul Meysik – about Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg:; This is the pearl of Webster, the most famous lake not only in this country, but in the entire galaxy! All over the universe!

For what it is like to live in Webster – see first episode special project «American towns»On «Voice of America»In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”

  • Evgeny Baranov

    On the Voice of America since 2017. He worked as an analyst at the Expert and Analytical Center of the Far Eastern Federal University. Graduate of the Central European University

  • Artem Gurevich

    Has been working in journalism since 2001. From 2005 to 2009, he was responsible for public relations at Nokia in the Russian Far East. He worked in Singapore, Thailand, Brazil and Argentina, developing corporate publications for Coca-Cola and Kaspersky Lab companies. In 2017, he participated in the restart of RTVI, worked as an Internet news editor at the channel’s New York office. On the Voice of America since 2018.

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