The Anytown, USA Podcast
Rattlesnake Stations and Stage Coach Barons: Mountain Home, ID

Rattlesnake Stations and Stage Coach Barons: Mountain Home, ID

February 26, 2019

Somehow, Mountain Home, Idaho, isn't in the mountains. In fact, it was founded when one town more or less swiped a post office from another. In this episode, we talk about this little town's peculiar history, as well as Evel Knieval's fateful fall in the nearby Snake River Canyon. Along the way, we'll meet a scoundrel stage coach baron and visit a charming wall made of pennies.

Hartford County, CT: Black dogs and Harriet Beecher Stowe

Hartford County, CT: Black dogs and Harriet Beecher Stowe

February 11, 2019

We check out Bloomfield, CT, one-time home to the New England Muscle Bicycle Museum and the most depressing group of Whigs in the world. Also: Legends of black dogs in the nearby Hanging Hills, and Harriet Beecher Stowe's declining years.

Grafton County, NH: Steam Engines, Vampires and City Council Fist Fights

Grafton County, NH: Steam Engines, Vampires and City Council Fist Fights

January 27, 2019

Why was Orford, New Hampshire's original name "Number Seven." Who is the ghostly presence that stalks nearby Mount Moosilauke? And who really invented the steam engine? We answer those questions, and more, in this episode on Grafton County, NH.

Airships and Pine Robbers: Ocean County, NJ

Airships and Pine Robbers: Ocean County, NJ

December 3, 2018

We check out the island town of Barnegat Light, named after the US's second tallest lighthouse, and find stories of airship disasters, cranberrie bogs and Bloody pine robbers. Oh, and muskrats.

Oxford, Miss: The Ole Miss Riot

Oxford, Miss: The Ole Miss Riot

November 1, 2018

We are joined by a REAL LIVE one-time Oxford, Mississippi resident who fills us in on the city's history. We then take a dive into the Ole Miss riots, when white supremacists tried to stop James Meredith, the Universty's first black student, from enrolling.

Cleveland County, Arkansas: Carpetbaggers and Bear-Wrestling Coaches

Cleveland County, Arkansas: Carpetbaggers and Bear-Wrestling Coaches

October 7, 2018

We take a trip to Cleveland County, Arkansas and find out how Coach Bear Bryant gained his name and Stephen Dorsey lost a county. Hint: Wrestling bears is better for your reputation than stealing railroads.

Bonus episode! Moxie LaBouche of Your Brain on Facts tells us macabre stories from Richmond, Virginia

Bonus episode! Moxie LaBouche of Your Brain on Facts tells us macabre stories from Richmond, Virginia

September 18, 2018

We are joined by guest Moxie LaBouche of the Your Brain on Facts podcast to discuss some creepy goings-on in Richmond, Virginia. Confederate statues, grave robbers and even a vampire each make an appearance.

Itasca County, MN: Unkillable Louts and Native American Uprisings

Itasca County, MN: Unkillable Louts and Native American Uprisings

September 2, 2018

We visit Itasca County, home of lakes, logging and long-ago louts. We tell the story of Sam Christy, an 1880s roustabout who could take a real beating, and look at one of the last altercations between the US Army and a Native American group, the Battle of Sugar Point. Also, who stole the ruby slippers?

Tensas Parish, Louisiana: White Liners and Voting Rights

Tensas Parish, Louisiana: White Liners and Voting Rights

August 19, 2018

We look at the history of Tensas Parish and uncover a terrible story of voter suppression in the wake of Reconstruction.

Lake County OR: Perpetual Geysers and Sheepshooting Murderers

Lake County OR: Perpetual Geysers and Sheepshooting Murderers

August 8, 2018

The atlas takes us to Lake County Oregon, home to geologic oddities and the rumors of rangewars past. We tak about alkali lakes where fish won't swim and the legacy of the Sheepshooters.