boom·town | \ˈbüm-ˌtau̇n \

Definition of boomtown 

: a town enjoying a business and population boom

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Stores wore boomtown facades to tempt passing drivers and their dollars to linger. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 Three years later, the hill and 2 square miles of the surrounding plains incorporated as the city of Signal Hill, a settlement of roughnecks and wildcatters, an oil boomtown during the time when California produced a quarter of the world’s oil. Scott Garner,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Signal Hill keeps progress in view without blocking out its oil town past," 22 June 2018 The coal and oil boomtown had sprung up amid the dust and antelope of northeast Wyoming, nearly doubling in size since the 1990s to about 32,000 people, many of whom worked to extract the natural resources below ground. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "After school shootings, a teenager challenges the gun culture in her conservative Wyoming town," 18 May 2018 Once a bustling town of 1,500, the boomtown went bust a few years after gold was discovered in 1892. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 14 things to do in Pinal County," 18 Feb. 2015 Once a boomtown with steel plants and shoe factories, Portsmouth's population has declined from a peak of 42,000 in 1930 to 20,000 today, according to the U.S. Census. Scott Wartman,, "In Ohio, Democratic U.S. Senator Sen. Sherrod Brown may ride Trump country to re-election," 2 July 2018 BUTTE Butte was a mining boomtown in the late 19th and early 20th century. Beth J. Harpaz, sacbee, "Glacier park may outgrow its name in about a dozen years," 7 July 2018 Now, a trail of clues leads to this scrappy industrial boomtown in rural China. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "In a High-Stakes Environmental Whodunit, Many Clues Point to China," 24 June 2018 After touring Britain, the East Coast, the Deep South and a gig at P.T. Barnum’s American Museum, Chang and Eng traveled to the boomtown of San Francisco in 1860. Vanessa Hua, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Inseparable,’ by Yunte Huang," 10 May 2018

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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: a town that experiences a sudden growth in business and population : a booming town

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