The Town That Lives Online Only
"The memories, and the images on the Flickr photo-sharing site, belong to Michael Paul Smith. They've made his town' a tourist destination, attracting about 20 million views, all arriving through cyberspace, since January.
You won't find Mr. Smith in Elgin Park - in a corporal sense, he resides in Winchester, Mass., just north of Boston - nor is the town on any map. It is not based on Elgin, Ill., or any other Elgin. Rather, Elgin Park is an imaginary melting pot of a steel mill town where the calendar is frozen at 1964.
Mr. Smith posted his first Elgin Park images about two years ago; for some time, they were attracting only about 200 views a day. For reasons that aren't entirely clear - someone in the Flickr community clicked on the slide show feature and then sent the link to others - the images began to spread virally in January. At times, daily page views approached 750,000, Mr. Smith said."
Using a series of die-cast model cars from the mid-20th Century and a skill with modelmaking, Smith has created a town.