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25 towns devastated by losing a single company

Cheapism Logo By Jason Notte of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 26: Facebook and Google want to build planned communities of their own, but history suggests that building a company town isn't always the best move. While some company towns like Kohler, Wisconsin, (built by the Kohler Co.) and Hershey, Pennsylvania, (built by chocolatier Milton Hershey) still thrive, a majority have either outlived the company that built them or went down with said companies. For any community looking to woo a big tech company, or any tech firm looking to build a community of its own, the following are just a few of the cautionary tales from towns built during a long-gone gilded age.

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Company Towns

Facebook and Google want to build planned communities of their own, but history suggests that building a company town isn't always the best move. While some company towns like Kohler, Wisconsin, (built by the Kohler Co.) and Hershey, Pennsylvania, (built by chocolatier Milton Hershey) still thrive, a majority have either outlived the company that built them or went down with said companies. For any community looking to woo a big tech company, or any tech firm looking to build a community of its own, the following are just a few of the cautionary tales from towns built during a long-gone gilded age.

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Related: Eerie Abandoned Factories Across America

© Abandoned duplex in Marktown by Rickdrew (CC BY-SA)

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