Willie Franklin, owner of Utopia’s only gas pump and Village Market for the past 34 years. The town is desolate, only housing about 30 inhabitants. Utopia was founded in 1844 by the followers of French philosopher Charles Fourier. Fourierism, based on utopian socialism and the idea of equal sharing of investments in money and labour, reached peak popularity in the United States from about 1824 until 1846. The experimental community of Utopia dissolved in 1846 due to lack of financial success and disenchantment with Fourierism.

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