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American Company Towns

Employers in remote areas in industries such as lumbering and mining used to build entire towns for their employees, but that era is long past. Scotia, California, the last wholly owned company town, is about to be put on the market and was recently profiled in Newsweek.

But although most remaining company towns ceased being company towns long ago, some of the towns continue on, and sometimes the idea comes up in pop culture - the Simpsons temporarily lived in a company town, in the Scorpio episode, “You Only Move Twice.”

Today, monster corporations in Silicon Valley are offering more all-inclusive employee benefits and they’re even buying up land, raising the possibility of a new version of the company town.

Click ahead for an overview of some of America’s company towns.

By Colleen Kane
Posted 1 Mar 2011

Photo: Dennis O'Clair | Getty Images