The county of Fife somehow toes the line between being a beautiful, scenic area and a populous, significant place to live. Within the county is the lovely town of Glenrothes. The history of Glenrothes is a rather interesting one, though. Scotland is hoome to some of the oldest civilizations in the world and some towns in the country date back thousands of years. Glenrothes is not one of those towns: It was created in the 1940s by the government as a "New Town". In those days Scotland was experiencing a boom in its economy along with many countries that saw their fortunes increase after the end of the second World War. It was during that time that Scotland set about creating these New Towns and essentially engineering cities. Thus, Glenrothes doesn't have the esteemed history that a place like Edinburgh might have but it is all the same a significant part of the history of Scotland as a whole.
At any rate, the plan for creating Glenrothes was a bold and brave one. The aim was to make a place that would be an eventual home to over thirty thousand people. Cities that have the luxury of being very old benefit from growing slowly as the residents incrementally increase the sizes of their families and thus smoothly raise the population of the town. Even the most extreme population booms throughout history have always been manageable but an engineered city is a bit more complicated. Imagine a city whose population jumps from zero to over thirty thousand in the matter of a few years. In addition, creating a new town sometimes makes it difficult for that town's residents to truly feel at home. Thus it can be hard to instill a sense of civic pride. On the other hand, with the majority of the town feeling like "new kids", the playing field can be a bit leveled and a sort of kinship can be struck up with the new residents who all identify with each other. This is thankfully what happened with Glenrothes. Much of this luck had to do with the fact that the town was created because of an extremely bountiful mine that had been discovered near the area. There was so much room for employment and income that a town pretty much had to be built nearby to provide shelter to the many miners who were coming in to work. Thus Glenrothes became a mining town not unlike the Gold Rush towns that were born during the Wild West days of the United States. History is always relative but just because a town may be older than another town, it doesn't mean that the former is always more fascinating. Glenrothes has packed quite a bit of history into its short life and it is an exciting and influential place to live in. Why shouldn't it be? It was created as a location that would provide safety and comfort to its residents. To this day it still does just that.