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  • This town in Idaho was formerly known as "Root Hog" (there are no wild hogs in Idaho). The town moved to a junction of 2 stagecoach routes in 1901 and petitioned to be called "Junction". "Junction" was rejected as too pedestrian, and the town was named Arco in honor of the German radio engineer Georg von Arco. On July 17, 1955, Arco became the first community in the world ever to be lit by electricity generated by nuclear power. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), where current nuclear energy research is conducted, is located in the vast sagebrush high desert west of the city.

    December 23, 2010