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Dearfield Colorado There have been categories established to explain the origins of cities and towns in an attempt to categorize them according to their purpose and the reason for their existence According to Metropolitan State College of Denver Geography professor John R Kilcoyne this simply breaks down into the three following categories Central place towns and cities where the majority of people in a given geographic area reside Most ghost towns are central place towns that for one reason or another didnt quite make it Examples of larger central place cities would be Omaha or Des Moines The second category Break-of-Bulk cities is where product is generally broken down from large quantities shipped in from major point of entry cities and distributed into smaller quantities regionally Good examples of these cities both inland and port are New York City Buffalo St Louis San Francisco and so fourth The final category is called special purpose cities These are cities that have a specific reason for existing and without said reason would cease to exist Examples of this today would be Las Vegas Gambling and Washington DC Government Examples of yesteryear would be Central City mining before gambling and Dearfield Colorado Dearfield much like its neighbour Greeley actually began as an idealistic social experiment as opposed to a typical central place area that just happened to be densely settled by farmers However Horace Greeley and Nathan Meekers idea for a utopian township which he named Union Colony specifically excluded non-whites Dearfield on the other hand was created specifically for African-Americans While the idea of an all-black colony or township was certainly not an original one according to the Rocky Mountain News there
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