Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A town experiencing an economic or a population boom.

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  • noun A town that experienced (or is experiencing) a period of rapid growth due to some temporary activity.

Etymologies

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boom +‎ town

Examples

  • They both obviously convey the notion of boomtown and also represent a boom's inevitable and distressing partner: bust.

    Buzzword: Boomburg/Boomburb

  • They both obviously convey the notion of boomtown and also represent a boom's inevitable and distressing partner:

    Buzzword: Boomburg/Boomburb

  • It is the site of Mentryville, an oil "boomtown" where people lived between the 1880's and 1930 that is now a hikeable, walkable ghost town.

    Hiking

  • It is the site of Mentryville, an oil "boomtown" where people lived between the 1880's and 1930 that is now a hikeable, walkable ghost town.

    May 2009

  • Meanwhile, Little Missouri and the "boomtown" were leading an existence which seemed to ricochet back and forth between

    Roosevelt in the Bad Lands

  • In nearly every Western boomtown, one could find blacks and whites living next to Asians and Native Americans, and immigrants of dozens of nationalities working alongside native-born Americans.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • In the silver mining boomtown of Leadville, Colorado, in 1879 there were 120 saloons, 19 beer halls, 188 gambling houses, and only 4 churches.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Ricards found that prostitutes in that 1860s boomtown, unlike the stereotype of the innocent, young “white slave,” were actually considerably older on average than women of the western mining states Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The neighborhood began as a coal-mining boomtown at the turn of the 19th century, built around a massive complex of mine shafts ultimately acquired by U.S. Steel Corp., which over the next century was the dominant economic engine of Birmingham.

    City's Future Lies in Ruins

  • At first encounter, Tuxtla has a rawboned, tropical boomtown feel and why not.

    Tapachula vs. Tuxtla

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