Started by dedgren, December 20, 2006, 07:57:49 PM
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QuoteI think that collaboration, which will take, if I am right, about a year from beginning to end and will ultimately involve the efforts of 75 or so people, will create more or less the equivalent of an SC4 world. There will be a backstory that supports more or less everything placed or developed on a quad- that will allow a degree of consistency and common purpose in creating a huge region that has never been achieved up until now. [linkie to whole post]
QuoteTruro (Unincorporated Place - SW Quad Diddicks Twp - lat. 48° 47' 53" N / lon. 94° 44' 34" W - elev. 1,112 ft/329 m amsl.) Truro is a small urbanized area and associated environs located about midway down the Iron Hook Cape on the eastern shore of Hotham Inlet 3.4 miles/5.6 kilometers by road S of the city of Des Plaines. The urban center extends a small distance either side of where Regional Route 9, the main road up and down the cape, crosses Truro Creek. Population (2000 est.): 138. Local Government: None. Police and Fire: Served by Regional Trooper Post #12 (Des Plaines), Rural Fire Service Station #16 (Des Plaines). Medical Services: Privately run open to public emergency care facility. Postal Service: Rural Postal Station #38. Air Service: None. Rail Service: None. History and General Information: Truro apparently had its origins in the 1850s as a fishing camp located at the ford across Truro Creek on the trail between Des Plaines and Ellisport. A small store and private wooden toll bridge were built by one R. Rooker in the 1880s, and the area became known as Rookers as a result. In the 1920s the area's residents, hoping to attract some of the summer home development that was occurring along the north shore of the inlet between Pineshore and Des Plaines along the DW&W's Des Plaines Spur line by having the line extended south, renamed the area Truro after the popular beachfront town on Cape Cod. While the line was never built, Truro did gain its own post office and quite a number of summer guest cottages and small resorts. Rooker's Store, by then operated by great-grandchildren, operated until the start of World War II, when gas rationing and other economic conditions proved too big a challenge to remain in business. In the 1950s, Regional Route 9 was paved (the last major stretch of secondary highway in the region to have this done), and this only served to further increase the popularity of the area. By the 1970s, local residents were pretty much uniformly opposed to further development; and this opposition has continued through the current date. Referenda to incorporate and establish a city government were defeated in 1975, 1993, and most recently 2005. Despite this opposition, however, the Truro area has grown at an estimated 20-25 residents per year since the year 2000, and a number of McMansions have been built on the area's north and south fringes, and in particular along Truro Creek and on the western slopes of Truro Hill.
QuoteTruro Hill (Hill - SW Quad Diddicks Twp - lat. 48° 48' 10" N / lon. 94° 43' 56" W - elev. 1,250 ft/381 m amsl.) Truro Hill is a small hill located about midway down Iron Hook Cape about half a mile/.8 kilometers ENE of Truro, an unincorporated urban area on the shore of Diddicks Bay. The hill rises 196 feet/60 meters above the shoreline, and its crest is a popular day-hike for area residents and visitors alike. The trailhead is along Regional Route 39 about one-quarter of a mile/six-tenths of a kilometer east of the junction with Regional Route 9. Truro Hill was named in the 1920s by local residents seeking to call attention to the area in their effort to have the DW&W Railroad extend it is Des Plaines Spur Line south onto the cape.
QuoteTruro Creek (Stream - SW Quad Diddicks Twp - lat. 48° 47' 57" N / lon. 94° 44' 57" W (mouth)) Truro Creek is a small, shallow stream about 1.4 miles/2.3 kilometers in length. It rises in wooded marshlands in the rough center of Iron Hook Cape and flows westward into Diddicks Bay. The lower stretches of the stream are particularly scenic, and it flows through the small built-up area of Truro just before reaching the bay. Truro Creek was named in the 1920s by local residents seeking to call attention to the area in their effort to have the DW&W Railroad extend it is Des Plaines Spur Line south onto the cape.
QuoteIron Hook Cape (Cape - NW, SE and SW Quads Diddicks Twp, NW and NE Quads Iron Hook Township and NE Quad Pine Cone Township - lat. 94° 47' 23" N / lon. 48° 43' 37" W (area center)) Iron Hook Cape is a cape extending into the Hotham Inlet of Lake of the Woods measuring 7,900 acres/3,200 hectares in total area. The cape extends out into the waters of the lake about five miles/eight kilometers to the SSW and then curves and extends another 1.6 miles/2.6 kilometers almost due west. The waters enclosed by the cape are referred to as Diddicks Bay, and the origin of this name is not known. The cape is apparently named after its shape and began appearing on maps of the area in the 1830s. It is geologically glacial in origin, and consists of very sandy soils covering a spine of cobble deposited as a moraine. There are also a number of granite pediments, most notably Nike Site Point and Haystack Rock located at the end of the cape. The northern landward end of the cape is generally considered to be between the mouth of the Des Plaines River to the west and the mouth of Redfox Creek to the east. The cape is drained by a number of very small streams: the two largest are Truro Creek and Strechnitz Creek. The cape is sparsely settled historically and remains so today. Ellisport, a city at the south end of the cape, has a population (2000) of a little over 2,000. Truro, an unincorporated area on the west side of the cape about midway up, has a population (2000) of less than 200. Several hundred more live in widely spread rural homes and the cape's few farms. Iron Hook Cape's sandy soil is not well-suited for large-scale agricultural purposes by comparison to lands in the rest of the region and main road down the cape, Regional Route 9, was not paved until the 1950s. Since the 1980s, though, a number of small specialty farms have been established in the southernmost one-third of the cape. By and large, the remainder of the cape remains heavily wooded, and as a result extremely scenic. The cape has been a popular tourist destination and summer home location since the mid-20th Century, and the shoreline of Diddicks Bay, in particular, is lined with small resort and family cabins. The local population has become increasing resistant to development over the past 20 years, however, and this has slowed, but not halted, the construction of the more modern and upscale mega-resort and McMansion-style properties.
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