Towns Named Quincy

I decided to do towns named Quincy for one reason. There is a town with this name in the state of Washington and it has become important over time. It has become a town with more than 7, 500 residents and the center of a thriving agricultural empire with apples as its number one product. Quincy is in the center of my state between Ephrata and Wenatchee, a central town I have been to Wenatchee several times without ever desiring to move there. It is only 24 miles from Moses Lake to Quincy, WA, which used to be the smallest market where Alaska Airlines flew in this state. I have not verified if this is still true, but Moses Lake has apparently become its own agricultural Mecca with several motels with recognizable names.

There are said to be still 17 towns with the name Quincy in the USA. There are said to be 5 towns with this name in France of all places. I suspect this is a sister city kind of arrangement with each French town more commonly known by its original name.

The largest town with this name is a city in Massachusetts with more than 100, 000 people living in it. It is known as the city of Presidents because both John Adams and his son John Quincy, who became the 5th President, were residents there. The 2nd largest city with this name in the USA is a place in Illinois that is often flooded because it’s on the Mississippi River. Quincy is an old industrial hub where my brother-in-law was born and raised. Ruth and I have been there several times as a result. None of his family has remained in Quincy, which is about 137 miles north of Saint Louis.

The Quincys in Georgia and Florida near Tallahassee are fairly large. The Georgia Quincy reported more than 1,700 residents in 2020, but most of the towns named Quincy have grown smaller. The Quincy in Kansas, for example, is down to 128 residents and its post office closed in 1975. The stand alone town of Quincy, OH is down to 538 people. The Quincy in Kentucky is on the Ohio River. The Quincy in Iowa has become a virtual ghost town.

Many of the towns with this name were named for John Quincy Adams, not his father. The Quincy in Missouri is in this category. The Quincy in Oregon, however, was named for J.W. Barnes who hailed from this city in Illinois originally but moved to Oregon. I have never had this happen before but Wikipedia informed me that the Quincy in New Hampshire does not have an existing page. It encouraged me to write it, but I could never find the Quincy in this state on a map. It apparently exists. There are Quincys in Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and Tennessee.


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