Cities Built in the Middle of Nowhere

Some U.S. cities are not located near an obvious physical feature.

A few (Mesa and Orlando, for example) were established around existing agricultural areas.

Birmingham, Atlanta, Arlington, Amarillo, Cheyenne, Las Vegas, and Fresno were started by the railroads at a crossing or stop.

Raleigh, Indianapolis, and Columbus (Ohio) were located in places where they would be convenient state capitals.

Akron was on the Ohio and Erie Canal. Fort Worth and Tucson began as forts. Huntsville was built around a spring. Bakersfield was on the delta of the Kern River (which today is usually dry).

Amarillo, in the Texas Panhandle