Thursday, March 10, 2016

3 Places--Dillan

1. The Town of Sleepy Hollow- a village in the town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County, New York. This legendary town is the location for the short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," which entails the misadventure of Ichabod Crane and his encounter with the Headless Horseman. The story was written by Washington Irving who was attempting to give the budding United States its own myths and legends. Once Irving wrote this little horror story, the town openly accepted its eerie mantle, and even to this day the town is considered one of the most haunted places in America. Currently, one of the towns main attractions is its Cemetery Tours, which not only attempts to highlight the beauty of their tombs but also show the final resting place of Irving. []

2. Memphis- a popular city in the state of Tennessee. A city known for its Blues and Rock & Roll music. Johnnny Cash, B.B. King, and Elvis Presley all recorded albums at the famous Sun Studio. Also, within the city of Memphis is Graceland, which is the mansion sized home of Elvis Presley. Visitors of Graceland are able to take a tour of his home, and in this tour visitors can learn about the King's humble beginnings and his rise to fame.

3. Detroit- the largest city in the state of Michigan, and it is the fourth largest city in the Midwest. Detroit was one of the most industrial cities with its focus being on the automobile industry, which fostered the name the "Motor City." It was in this harsh industrial atmosphere that a man like Berry Gordy, Jr. was able to create a record company like Motown. Gordy had used his own experiences working in the auto industry to create a "factory line" system of creating music and the "quality control" mindset that industrial companies have to ensure only the best went out to the public. Motown became a hit maker with acts like: Diana Ross, The Temptations, Marvin Gay, The Jackson 5, and Stevie Wonder. For a while, the city of Detroit flourished with industry and music, but with the collapse of the auto industry the city has fallen into crime and destruction. Detroit now has the highest murder and violent crime rate in all of the U.S.

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