© Mark Lipczynski
Located in fertile Pleasant Valley and accessible only via a partially paved road, Young got its name from a local cattleman whose daughter was the town’s first postmaster. Before that, the area was the site of the 1887 Pleasant Valley War, a bloody feud between the Grahams and the Tewksburys. Some 30 people died in the feud, which was set off by a dispute over grazing rights for a herd of sheep. Several Grahams are buried in Young’s cemetery, and historical markers around town provide other details of the conflict. These days, Young is a strikingly peaceful place. Considering that the town didn’t even get outside electricity until 1965, it’s no surprise that cellphone reception and Internet access can be tricky. That said, instead of staring at a screen, look to the heavens: Young’s distance from the lights of major cities makes it ideal for stargazing.
— Noah Austin