Greetings from Amalgam, USA!



Any of you who are Bill Bryson fans will know what I am referring to in the blog post title. In his engaging book, The Lost Continent, author Bill Bryson wanders about 38 of the United States in search of the idyllic community so often captured in our collective minds. While Mr. Bryson grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, he had been living in England for many years. This book offered him a chance to relive and re-experience many of his childhood memories, while also making new ones.

During his journey, Mr. Bryson quickly discovered that not one single community contains all the best parts of Americana, despite efforts in Dislandia and other “manufactured” places to do so. Instead the idyllic American community was a sum of the best parts of many places across the country. Below, is a list Mr. Bryson’s favorite communities, portions of which compose his perfect community of Amalgam.

  • Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Chestertown, Maryland
  • Columbus, Mississippi
  • Cooperstown, New York
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Pella, Iowa
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Storm Lake, Iowa
  • Traverse City, Michigan


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