Towns Named Woodstock

There are said to be 22 towns named Woodstock in the United States and 34 in the world. I do not doubt this. Why are there so many Woodstocks around? One theory is that a writer by the name of Sir Walter Scott wrote a book and called it Woodstock, and the name caught on and was used for many new settlements.

Woodstock is a famous name for a town because of a music festival supposedly held there in 1969 in the town of Woodstock, New York. It lasted for 3 days. But the sad fact is that it was not actually held in Woodstock for sanitary reasons. It was held in Bethel, New York, because the Woodstockians could not provide enough bathrooms for the great number of attendees who showed up.

Towns named Woodstock is truly a New England phenomenon in the US. There are towns named this in the New England states of Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. The town of Woodstock, Maine, actually has a claim to fame. The last hand cranked phone system in the USA was in this town. The largest New England Woodstock, however, is in Connecticut. It is a series of towns in the northeastern part of the state with 4 divisions honoring all four directions. There are east, north, west and south Woodstocks in Connecticut in addition to the town of Woodstock for a total population of 8,000. But this is not the largest Woodstock in the United States.

That would be the almost suburb of Chicago with this name and a population of about 25,000. It is followed by an Atlanta suburb named Woodstock with a population of almost 24,000 people. There are smaller but atlased Woodstocks in Alabama, Virginia, and Maryland. The famous Woodstock in New York has a population of more than 2,000. The Woodstock in South Carolina is basically a plantation. The Woodstock in Utah is part of the town of Murray in the Salt Lake City area. There are very small Woodstocks in Ohio, Oregon, and even Missouri. People used to laugh when you told them that the largest tourist attraction in their state was not Crater Lake or Multnomah Falls but an outlet mall called Woodburn south of Portland. I wonder if this is still true. It does seem busy.

Internationally, there are 4 Woodstocks in Australia. They are in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. The 2 Woodstocks in Canada are both large towns. The Ontario Woodstock has a population of about 38,000 people, and the one is New Brunswick has over 5,000 Canadians living in it.


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