Pago Pago, is the capital of American Samoa, a territory of the United States of America.
Its 1990 population was 10,640.
The city is located on Tutuila Island.
Pago Pago is the only port of call in American Samoa.
Tourism and tuna canning are important industries.
From 1878 to 1951 it was a coaling and repair station for the U.S. Navy.
The city is an interesting mixture of a seedy urban area with infamously smelly tuna canneries (which provide employment for a third of the population of Tutuila), and an harbour surrounded by dramatic mountains which plunge straight into the sea.
A steep climb up to Mt Alava provides a magnificent bird's eye view of the harbor and town.
Until 1980, one could experience the views from the peak by taking an aerial tramway over the city harbor, but on April 14 of that year a US Navy plane, flying overhead as part of the Flag Day celebrations, crashed into its cable.
It remains unreconstructed to this day, though according to the Lonely Planet website, there have been plans to reopen it.
Pago Pago is one of several villages that serve as population centers in Pago Pago. Although Pago Pago is known as the capital, there are other villages on Pago Pago that have more residents and other villages very close to Pago Pago that are often confused with that village. For example, the legislature of American Samoa -- known as the Fono -- is located in Fagatogo, a village that is directly adjacent to (and for all practical purposes indistinguishable from, Pago Pago). Similarly, the famed Rainmaker Hotel is located in the village of Utule'i, again adjacent to Pago Pago.
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We flew over to American Samoa, while we were visiting Samoa (Western).
While we were planning to spend a couple of days here, the fact is that we couldn't get out of the place fast enough.
Many people we talked to in Apia, questioned our wisdom of going to Pago Pago, saying there's nothing to see there.
They were right to some extent, we found the place colourless, boring and run down.
I written this monologue, (Diatribe), so this is my personal opinion (It is also self adhesive).
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