PDA

View Full Version : Weird Town and City Names



AnneMarble
01-29-2008, 08:19 AM
What are some of the weird town (and city) names in your state? For example, Maryland has Accident... Boring... (which got a mention in an episode of Homicide) ... Chevy Chase... Cockeysville (woohoo!) ... Detour... Finksburg... Funkstown... Port Tobacco... Rising Sun... Savage... Scaggsville... Seat Pleasant... Timonium. Oh, and let's not forget Cabin John. I've heard there's also a Crappo and a Bivalve in Maryland. Maryland has a California and a Berlin and even a Vienna, and my brother got married (the first time) in Texas, Maryland. Honorary mention for weird body of water name goes to Assawoman Bay.
:ROFL:

Also, Pennsylvania is ripe with weird town names. I used to love visiting Lancaster county because we could go to Intercourse one day and Virgin the next, and then stop off at Bird-in-Hand. :D

Ever lived in a town with a weird name? Did other people give you a hard time when you told them where you lived? Did people ever think you were making up the name? :Wha:

:Trophy: This Question Was Inspired by Joycewilliams :Trophy:

Soccer Mom
01-29-2008, 08:24 AM
Oh my. Where to start. I live in Texas. I've been to Cut-N-Shoot, Gun Barrel City and Justiceburg, Paris, Muleshoe, Paradise, Sand Flat...

Joycecwilliams
01-29-2008, 08:27 AM
Thanks for the credit Anne, but you were the one that first mentioned those funny names with the 666 area code..


In Virginia there is: Hurt (which unfortunately is where my son-in-law was killed)

Also Motely Virginia

And what about .... Lynchburg?

Soccer Mom
01-29-2008, 08:39 AM
Oh, let's see...there are also Tuxedo, Frognot, and Oatmeal, Texas.

There is Jot 'Em Down, Texas.

Looneyville, Texas.

Cyclone, Texas

Hoop and Holler, Texas

Farmersville, Texas

Queen City, Texas

Tarzan, Texas

Angel City, Texas

Ding Dong, Texas

Coffee City, Texas

Dime Box, Texas

Gray Mule, Texas

Crusher, Texas


And last, but most certainly not least: Hoot and Holler Crossing, Texas.




Thank you. :D

KTC
01-29-2008, 08:40 AM
Blowmedown, Newfoundland
Goobies, NFLD
Jerry's Nose, NFLD
Joe Batt's Arm, NFLD
Luke's Arm, NFLD
Toogood Arm, NFLD
River of Ponds, NFLD
Ecum Secum, Nova Scotia
Shag Harbour, NS
Sissiboo Falls, NS
Two Sheds, NS
Asbestos, Quebec
Ochiichagwebabigoining, Ontario
Swastika, Ontario
Bacon Ridge, Manitoba
Flin Flon, Manitoba
Climax, Saskatchewan
Eyebrow, Saskatchewan
Nut Mountain, Sask
Smuts, Sask
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Alberta
John D, Alberta
Seven Persons, Alberta
Baldy Hughes, BC
Horsefly, BC
Osoyoos, BC
Pouce Coup, BC
Skookumchuck, BC
Spuzzum, BC
Pokemuche, NB
Poodiac, NB


There are TONS in Canada.

Matera the Mad
01-29-2008, 08:43 AM
I am fond of all the Wisconsin place-names that sound like creative sneezes...Kenosha, Waukesha; even Oshkosh, a short double snorter.

Joycecwilliams
01-29-2008, 09:10 AM
Bow - NH
Weare NH
Hells Hollow NH
Grape Corner NH
Lost Nation NH
Lyme NH
Braintree - MA
Gayhead -MA
Sandwich - MA
Blue Ball PA
Eighty Four PA
Experiment PA
Fear Not PA
Forty Fort PA
Gravity PA
Home PA
Indiana PA (Jimmy Stewarts birthplace)
Jersey Shore PA
King of Prussia PA
State College PA
Smoketown PA
Egg Harbor NJ
Little Egg Harbor NJ
Cheesequake NJ
Tuckahoe NJ
Tenafly NJ
Ho Ho Kus NJ
Wildwood NJ
Hurt VA
Motley VA
Lynchburg VA

akiwiguy
01-29-2008, 09:26 AM
None of these of course can rival that famous town in Austria. http://www.banderasnews.com/0611/nw-fucking-austria.htm

Melisande
01-29-2008, 09:32 AM
Check out any detailed map of England/Scotland/Wales/Ireland.

Awe-insipring indeed!

Kadea
01-29-2008, 09:36 AM
Dogtown, CA

Susie
01-29-2008, 10:10 AM
Luv all of yours. My personal favorite is the city in Florida called Kissimee. I think it's pronounced Ka-sem-ee, but whenever howie and I went through it, I always said, "Kiss-a-me," and he did. lol.

Joe270
01-29-2008, 10:35 AM
Hell, Grand Cayman, BWI.

Tumble Home Dick hill, St. Eustacious.

Hillary
01-29-2008, 10:47 AM
I lived in Sandwich, MA. That always amused me.

Old Hack
01-29-2008, 11:54 AM
My sister lives in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, quite near the village of Wetwang. Wonderful.

Shweta
01-29-2008, 11:55 AM
I adore British town names. Though Zeal Monachorum is still my favourite.

larocca
01-29-2008, 02:11 PM
I've read many many great names, but I'll just mention that I used to live right up the road from "Bull Tail, North Carolina -- Population Several"

larocca
01-29-2008, 02:12 PM
Oh, and my cousin used to live in Shoofly, North Carolina, which is right up the road from Whynot, North Carolina. I'm limiting myself to personal experience only or I'd go on all day long.

Bmwhtly
01-29-2008, 02:28 PM
Down in Devon, there is a town called Charred. There is a rumour that it used be called Singed and then had a fire, but I don't believe that for a moment.

If you look to Europe, what about Brest? Although none of the French people I've met find it funny.

Mr Flibble
01-29-2008, 02:40 PM
Oh the Uk has some real good 'uns

Boysack
Frisby On The Wreake
Great Snoring
Yonder Bognie
Cum
Lickfold
Bushy Bottom
Loose Bottom
Spital Tongue
Wigtwizzle
Butty Moss
Pisser Clough
Lord Hereford's Knob
Bell End

Ohh I could go on for hours....

edit: I just found Dancing Dick's. *snurk*

Bmwhtly
01-29-2008, 02:49 PM
Oh the Uk has some real good 'uns
Yup.
Can you say Piddington?

I knew you could. :)


There's also Littlehampton, where most of the UK's viagra is sold.

Mr Flibble
01-29-2008, 03:02 PM
There's also Littlehampton, where most of the UK's viagra is sold.

You know, living fairly close to that, I'd never really thought of it that way.....

Bmwhtly
01-29-2008, 03:20 PM
And, with a shifty glance northwards, you can see the Scotland has Scone.
In the borders, there is Coldstream. Yes, a stream runs through it and yes, it can get rather chilly.

Priene
01-29-2008, 04:12 PM
I once had a curry in Pity Me.

johnnysannie
01-29-2008, 04:51 PM
Some of the odder names for towns in Missouri include:

Peculiar
Knob Noster
Blue Eye
Conception (home of Conception Abbey)
Pumpkin Center
Devil's Elbow
Frankenstein
Ha Ha Tonka
Tightwad
Red Oak
Noel (prounced No-el only during the Christmas season!)

I'm sure there are more but those are the ones off the top of my head. Now down in Arkansas, there is a small town called Toad Suck!

Siddow
01-29-2008, 05:02 PM
I live in Cumming.

DaddyCat
01-29-2008, 05:09 PM
We have a Hell, Michigan. I think their primary industry is selling bumper stickers with bad puns - "I Went to HELL, Michigan", "Go to HELL, Michigan", etc.

Bmwhtly
01-29-2008, 05:15 PM
That reminds me of a stand-up routine.
Isn't it amazing how many small british towns sound like bowel diseases? Wapping, Tring, Paisley Knob.

ETA: Chipping Norton

Mr Flibble
01-29-2008, 05:43 PM
Abinger Hammer sounds like a painful STD. I wonder what sort of tablets you get for that?

Joycecwilliams
01-29-2008, 05:56 PM
None of these of course can rival that famous town in Austria. http://www.banderasnews.com/0611/nw-fucking-austria.htm

Yep I think that tops them all. :)

When I went to Italy I picked up a paper (wish I saved it) there was an ad for an open air like type market. It said something like enjoy a day of shopping and f*cking. I thought it was unusal.. I think they looked up the word for intercourse exchanging words and somehow arrived at that.... I went there but there was none of the sexual stuff going on... :)

Joycecwilliams
01-29-2008, 05:59 PM
Down in Devon, there is a town called Charred. There is a rumour that it used be called Singed and then had a fire, but I don't believe that for a moment.

If you look to Europe, what about Brest? Although none of the French people I've met find it funny.

LOL. Do the french find anything funny?

MattW
01-30-2008, 12:53 AM
My wife was born in a Brazilian town called Campinas. Or Camp Penis.

orion_mk3
01-30-2008, 01:17 AM
We have a Hell, Michigan. I think their primary industry is selling bumper stickers with bad puns - "I Went to HELL, Michigan", "Go to HELL, Michigan", etc.
Yeah, and they had a big festival on 6/6/06. It's a living.

Michigan is loaded with great place names. Some are, fittingly, automobilic, like Pontiac and Cadillac. Others are just odd: Municeng, Manistee. And some, like Kalamazoo and Petosky, are simply fun to say.

shakeysix
01-30-2008, 01:25 AM
Slapout, Oklahoma

Tiger
01-30-2008, 01:35 AM
Try Kaaawa on for size.

MattW
01-30-2008, 01:39 AM
Try Kaaawa on for size.Is that a place name, or a Fantasy character name?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
01-30-2008, 03:08 AM
Some of the odder names for towns in Missouri include:

Blue Eye

I've been there! And to its sister city across the border south, Blue Eye, Arkansas!


Is that a place name, or a Fantasy character name?

I think he might mean Konawa, OK. Besides Slapout and Konawa (both of which I have visited), we have:

Binger
Boise City
Gotebo
Bowlegs
Romulus
Remus
Hooker
Slaughterville
Greasy
Battiest

Pomegranate
01-30-2008, 03:40 AM
LOL. Do the french find anything funny?

Jerry Lewis? ;-)

althrasher
01-30-2008, 03:47 AM
My personal favorites:

Lizard Lick, NC and
Hornytown, NC

The Hornytown fire department sells a LOT of shirts :D

Billytwice
01-30-2008, 05:00 AM
How about a little village in N. Wales?

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch

http://llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch.com/

Joycecwilliams
01-30-2008, 05:42 AM
How about a little village in N. Wales?

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch

http://llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch.com/

How do they pronounce that?

AnneMarble
01-30-2008, 06:20 AM
How do they pronounce that?
Very carefully. :D

SpookyWriter
01-30-2008, 06:25 AM
White Settlement, Texas.

Soccer Mom
01-30-2008, 06:48 AM
White Settlement, Texas.

Yes, but it was actually part of someone's name, the man who brought the settlers.

TrainofThought
01-30-2008, 07:02 AM
I live in Cumming.Does everyone have a smile on their face?

Joycecwilliams
01-30-2008, 07:05 AM
Does everyone have a smile on their face?

I've been daydreaming about moving there ALL DAY!

TrainofThought
01-30-2008, 07:08 AM
I've been daydreaming about moving there ALL DAY!Are you kidding? I just posted my condo for sale and bought a year supply of chap stick.

melaniehoo
01-30-2008, 07:13 AM
We have a Hell, Michigan. I think their primary industry is selling bumper stickers with bad puns - "I Went to HELL, Michigan", "Go to HELL, Michigan", etc.

You beat me to it!



Yeah, and they had a big festival on 6/6/06. It's a living.

Michigan is loaded with great place names. Some are, fittingly, automobilic, like Pontiac and Cadillac. Others are just odd: Municeng, Manistee. And some, like Kalamazoo and Petosky, are simply fun to say.

LOL. I was born in Pontiac, lived in Kalamazoo AND went to high school in Rising Sun, MD in the OP.

Now I live in Zihuatanejo. The locals call it Zihua (zee-wa) for short.

I always thought Hicksville, NY was funny.

Dasence
01-30-2008, 07:17 AM
Institute, WV. I think I need to move there.

zenwriter
01-30-2008, 07:27 AM
Out here in Newfoundland, we have a pleasant town known as Dildo:

http://www.virtual-tours-newfoundland.ca/Dildo/dildo.html

Joycecwilliams
01-30-2008, 08:33 AM
Are you kidding? I just posted my condo for sale and bought a year supply of chap stick.

Before you move, I would check out the availability of riding crops in the area. :)

Joycecwilliams
01-30-2008, 08:34 AM
Out here in Newfoundland, we have a pleasant town known as Dildo:

http://www.virtual-tours-newfoundland.ca/Dildo/dildo.html

Maybe I'll move there... :)

Kerr
01-30-2008, 08:41 AM
Dowagiac?

Joycecwilliams
01-30-2008, 08:49 AM
Here is one I forgot... it's a nickname for Westfield MA.


Whip City... home of the oldest handmade whips in the US...

TOT please take note. http://www.holyokemass.com/pichampden/p153.html

akiwiguy
01-30-2008, 09:05 AM
Out here in Newfoundland, we have a pleasant town known as Dildo:

http://www.virtual-tours-newfoundland.ca/Dildo/dildo.html

And I see in the article...

Every summer Dildo sponsors Dildo Days which is a community celebration

The mind boggles as to what goes on at these "community celebrations".

Bmwhtly
01-30-2008, 12:51 PM
How about a little village in N. Wales?

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch

How do they pronounce that?Never ask a Welshman that!
You'll be combing phlegm out of your hair for Weeks!

J. Weiland
01-30-2008, 01:19 PM
In Denmark, we have Middelfart. For some reason, many foreigners find it amusing.

AnneMarble
01-30-2008, 07:26 PM
Never ask a Welshman that!
You'll be combing phlegm out of your hair for Weeks!
That's true. My history teacher once brought his mother (who was Welsh) to class. She sat just behind me. During class, he asked her to say something in Welsh. She recited the Lord's Prayer. I felt like washing my hair afterwards. :tongue

Bmwhtly
01-30-2008, 07:27 PM
Middelfart.:roll:
Between Highfart and Lowfart?

Joycecwilliams
01-30-2008, 07:44 PM
:roll:
Between Highfart and Lowfart?

Which reminds me... where is Middlesex?

Tiger
01-30-2008, 10:26 PM
Is that a place name, or a Fantasy character name?

Hah, muchas mahalos for making my point.

CATastrophe
01-31-2008, 06:17 AM
I love these!

When I lived in Indiana, Floyd's Knobs always got a giggle.

When I was a kid, my dad kept a boat on the Wolf River in Wisconsin. The little town was called Weyauwega, but few people outside of the area knew how to pronounce it. I loved wearing my Where in the hell is Weyauwega? t-shirt. :D

Blue Ball is a good PA town name, too. Used to live in that area.

truelyana
01-31-2008, 06:21 AM
I quite like all of them. They are truly inspirational. :)

SpookyWriter
01-31-2008, 06:25 AM
... where is Middlesex?On the way to Paris.

Judg
01-31-2008, 06:34 AM
Moose Jaw, SK

And this one has to be said out loud: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Lake Ha! Ha! in Quebec.

So true about Pennsylvania. We went through it with a map, giggling all the way. Then there is the line I came out with in Intercourse that my kids refuse to let me forget. But I'm trying. It truly was unintentional.

Kerr
01-31-2008, 07:15 AM
And don't forget Beecher, IL, home of Beecher Meats, and Beecher Tool & Die. True.

Oberon
01-31-2008, 10:23 PM
I just found this thread. My favorites are in rainy Oregon: Remote, and Drain. I have always wanted to build an enormous old-fashioned rubber bathtub plug with chain to put at the town border, Welcome to Drain Oregon.

Joycecwilliams
01-31-2008, 10:30 PM
I just found this thread. My favorites are in rainy Oregon: Remote, and Drain. I have always wanted to build an enormous old-fashioned rubber bathtub plug with chain to put at the town border, Welcome to Drain Oregon.

LOL Good ones.

akiwiguy
01-31-2008, 11:53 PM
And this one has to be said out loud: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Arrrgh! I got driven to searching youtube at the mention of the word Saskatoon. One of those moments of having one word in my head of a song I listened to 30 years ago...

And I found it... "Runnin Back to Saskatoon" by The Guess Who. I seriously would not have thought of that song in decades.

truelyana
01-31-2008, 11:54 PM
On the way to Paris.

And also in the UK. [Middlesex]

AnneMarble
02-01-2008, 12:24 AM
And let's not forget Walla Walla, Washington. Didn't they appear in song lyrics from a famous musical? Or am I thinking of a Marx Brothers movie? I know, I know, they're so much alike.
:roll:

BlueTexas
02-01-2008, 12:37 AM
There's a Sanctuary, Dublin, and a Cranfil's Gap near me. The one I love to say is Paducah, KY. It just plain tastes funny. I've driven through it about ten times and I never fail to get the giggles!

I have family that live in Beatrice, NE. It's pronounced Bee-At-trice. Likewise, Vienna, GA is pronounced the wrong way, and so is Montague County, TX. I actually yell at the newscaster over Montague. Surely these people have read Romeo & Juliet and know they're wrong?

BlueTexas
02-01-2008, 12:39 AM
Oh my. Where to start. I live in Texas. I've been to Cut-N-Shoot, Gun Barrel City and Justiceburg, Paris, Muleshoe, Paradise, Sand Flat...

Don't forget Babyhead, Texas. My FIL lives on Babyhead Mountain. No, I have no idea. Neither does he.

AnneMarble
02-01-2008, 01:10 AM
I have family that live in Beatrice, NE. It's pronounced Bee-At-trice. Likewise, Vienna, GA is pronounced the wrong way, and so is Montague County, TX. I actually yell at the newscaster over Montague. Surely these people have read Romeo & Juliet and know they're wrong?
:D

Pronunciation can be weird. Sometimes the pronunciation no doubt comes from city founders who liked the word but didn't know how to say it. ;) And sometimes the pronunciation is the original pronunciation, and it sounds wrong to us. I used to go to college in Staunton, Virginia. Locals pronounce it "Stanton" -- according to one of the professors, this was because when Staunton was founded, the "au" sound was the short "a" in England. (He pointed out that the British have since forgotten how to pronounce the short a. :)) Everyone else pronounces it "Stonton."

I live in Maryland, and I get so annoyed when they hire people to do local ads who don't even know how to pronounce some of the city and town names.

Local TV ad for grand opening with stores in Ellicott City and Towson:
Announcer: "Now opening in Elli-kot City and Toe-son."
Me: "It's Elli-kit City (http://www.bartleby.com/61/24/E0092400.html) and Tao-son (http://www.bartleby.com/61/51/T0295100.html), you idiot." (See, even the American Heritage Dictionary backs me up.)

Can't they hire locals who know how the places are said?! Or at least train the people they hire?!:rant:

melaniehoo
02-01-2008, 03:07 AM
:D

Pronunciation can be weird. Sometimes the pronunciation no doubt comes from city founders who liked the word but didn't know how to say it. ;) And sometimes the pronunciation is the original pronunciation, and it sounds wrong to us. I used to go to college in Staunton, Virginia. Locals pronounce it "Stanton" -- according to one of the professors, this was because when Staunton was founded, the "au" sound was the short "a" in England. (He pointed out that the British have since forgotten how to pronounce the short a. :)) Everyone else pronounces it "Stonton."



I went to college very close to Staunton AND looked at a high school there and that always drove me crazy!

AnneMarble
02-01-2008, 03:37 AM
I went to college very close to Staunton AND looked at a high school there and that always drove me crazy!
You would have liked my friend. Through all her years there, she insisted on calling it Staunton. :D

We used to live on a Cavan Drive. (Apparently the developer loved the placenames of Ireland. ;)) I grew up calling it Cave-in because that's how my parents pronounced it. But my next door neighbors called it "Kah-vann," which sounds so much cooler. (And now my brother has married one of them. :LilLove:)

melaniehoo
02-01-2008, 03:47 AM
That reminds me of Covert, MI. I always expect to see Navy SEALS hiding in the woods.

WerenCole
02-01-2008, 03:58 AM
Thanks for the credit Anne, but you were the one that first mentioned those funny names with the 666 area code..


In Virginia there is: Hurt (which unfortunately is where my son-in-law was killed)

Also Motely Virginia

And what about .... Lynchburg?



I always thought Charlottesville was an odd city name. . . did you know that it is the longest word for a city in the country? I am living a little north of the Ville in Earlysville. . . yet I sleep late. Hmmm. . . what else is there? Shannon Hill is a place I guess. . .


In Maine there are a lot of unusual city names. . . China, Paris, W. Paris, Berlin, W. Berlin. . . etc. . . I think they got bored after a while and couldn't pronounce the native american names anymore. I think the further one goes west in the country the more names get a little loopy. Too much space and not enough time.


Here we go. . . to Joe, Montana.

WerenCole
02-01-2008, 04:00 AM
Which reminds me... where is Middlesex?



Massachuesetts. . . . there is actually a private school there with the same name.

ChaosTitan
02-01-2008, 05:52 AM
Delaware has a couple of odd ones (not that we have very many towns to begin with):

Pleasantville
Glasgow
Red Lion
Wiggins Mill
Brick Store
Shady Lane
Wyoming
Camden
Camden-Wyoming (don't ask)
Choptank Mills
Locustville
Little Heaven
Old Furnace
Slaughter Beach
Broadkill Beach

Kryianna
02-01-2008, 07:15 AM
For some reason, Celeryville, OH always cracks me up.

Joycecwilliams
02-01-2008, 07:39 AM
I always thought Charlottesville was an odd city name. . . did you know that it is the longest word for a city in the country? I am living a little north of the Ville in Earlysville. . . yet I sleep late. Hmmm. . . what else is there? Shannon Hill is a place I guess. . .


In Maine there are a lot of unusual city names. . . China, Paris, W. Paris, Berlin, W. Berlin. . . etc. . . I think they got bored after a while and couldn't pronounce the native american names anymore. I think the further one goes west in the country the more names get a little loopy. Too much space and not enough time.


Here we go. . . to Joe, Montana.
Earlyville that is a good one.

Maine also has a town called Bath... I always thought that was weird.

Joycecwilliams
02-01-2008, 07:42 AM
Delaware has a couple of odd ones (not that we have very many towns to begin with):

Pleasantville
Glasgow
Red Lion
Wiggins Mill
Brick Store
Shady Lane
Wyoming
Camden
Camden-Wyoming (don't ask)
Choptank Mills
Locustville
Little Heaven
Old Furnace
Slaughter Beach
Broadkill Beach


We'll have to make a long list... Thanks... For some reason Broadkill Beach reminds me of Natalie Holloway.. ugh

maxmordon
02-01-2008, 07:59 AM
In Venezuela you have:

Morón
Palo Tieso (Hardwood)
Tokio
Río Seco (Dry River)
Barbacoas (Barbecue)
El Sombrero (The Hat)
Puerto Cabello (Port Hair)
Punto Fijo (Stay Point)
Siquisique
Isla Ratón (Mouse Island)
Isla del Burro (Donkey's Island)
El Paraiso (The Paradise, used to be a forced labor camp there)
El Tigre
Lechería (Dairy Farm)
El Consejo (The Council, The Advise)
Las Tejerías (The Cellars)
Naguanagua
Tía Juana (Aunt Joan)
Campo Staff (Staff Field)
El Golfito (The Mini-Golf)
Coquivacoa
El Solito (The Lonely one)
Río Bobo (Dumb River)
La Mulera (The Mulery)
El Valle del Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit Valley)
El Baúl (The Trunk)
El Palito (Littlewood)
El Cambur (The Banana)
Mirimire
Chichiriviche
Churuguara
Carirubana
Calabozo (Dungeon)
Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Baruta (Our lady of the Rosary of Baruta)
Temblador (Shaker)
Punta de Mata (Pointwood)
Lagunillas (Little Lagoons)
Bailadores (Dancers)
Tintorero (Dyer, Dry Cleaner)

ChaosTitan
02-01-2008, 08:15 AM
We'll have to make a long list... Thanks... For some reason Broadkill Beach reminds me of Natalie Holloway.. ugh

Heh. I can't explain Slaughter Beach (nor do I think I want to try), but I was told that "kille" is an old Dutch word for "river." Broad river. Makes perfect sense, since DE was settled by Dutch and Swedes. :D

Joycecwilliams
02-01-2008, 08:49 AM
Heh. I can't explain Slaughter Beach (nor do I think I want to try), but I was told that "kille" is an old Dutch word for "river." Broad river. Makes perfect sense, since DE was settled by Dutch and Swedes. :D

Sure does... they also settled in PA and they have the a lot of towns with kille in it...

WerenCole
02-01-2008, 09:57 PM
Earlysville that is a good one.

Maine also has a town called Bath... I always thought that was weird.



Well, as with a lot of New England towns, Bath is a name of a principality in Old England.

clockwork
02-01-2008, 10:04 PM
My favourite was always Hot Coffee, Mississippi.

DeborahM
02-01-2008, 10:15 PM
Cooleemee, North Carolina (an Indian sat under a tree fanning himself and said Cool la me!)
Two Egg, Florida

SM, you forgot Buffalo, Texas!

ColoradoGuy
02-01-2008, 10:19 PM
I live up the road from Truth or Consequences, NM. There's a story there, I'm sure.

BlueTexas
02-01-2008, 10:21 PM
I live up the road from Truth or Consequences, NM. There's a story there, I'm sure.

That's my favorite town name, ever, period. If you ever learn the story, you must share!

Mr Flibble
02-01-2008, 10:55 PM
Well, as with a lot of New England towns, Bath is a name of a principality in Old England.

A principality? Not quite. A city, with a natural hot spring ( hence why the Romans built baths there :))

Mr Flibble
02-01-2008, 11:00 PM
OK, weirdly I can't edit that to say:

Re Truth or Consequences

Originally called "Hot Springs", it took the name of a popular radio program in when Truth or Consequences host Ralph Edwards announced that he would do the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show. Ralph Edwards came to the town during the first weekend of May for the next fifty years. This event was called the "Fiesta" and included a beauty contest, parade, and a stage show.

I only heard of it because it was Cactus Jack's supposed hometown :)

WerenCole
02-02-2008, 12:11 AM
A principality? Not quite. A city, with a natural hot spring ( hence why the Romans built baths there :))


"To take the waters at Bath" was supposed to bring good health. . . yet, I stand by my use of words as the "Bath area" is considered something of a district, or a county.

AnneMarble
02-02-2008, 12:29 AM
OK, weirdly I can't edit that to say:

Re Truth or Consequences

Originally called "Hot Springs", it took the name of a popular radio program in when Truth or Consequences host Ralph Edwards announced that he would do the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show. Ralph Edwards came to the town during the first weekend of May for the next fifty years. This event was called the "Fiesta" and included a beauty contest, parade, and a stage show.

I only heard of it because it was Cactus Jack's supposed hometown :)
Thank God they weren't producing the TV show Wife Swap at the time, or there might be a Wife Swap, NM.
:ROFL:

Mr Flibble
02-02-2008, 01:47 AM
"To take the waters at Bath" was supposed to bring good health. . . yet, I stand by my use of words as the "Bath area" is considered something of a district, or a county.


It's a city ( or possibly a district), indeed. Not a principality. You'd need a prince for that, and all they had was the Baby Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells :)



Thank God they weren't producing the TV show Wife Swap at the time, or there might be a Wife Swap, NM.

Or America's Dumbest Criminals

BenPanced
02-02-2008, 02:00 AM
Indiana has Gnaw Bone and Bean Blossom.

chevbrock
02-02-2008, 03:43 AM
My nearest beach, Newcastle, is flanked by Nobby's head.

And there's a Rottnest Island in WA. I think the dutch explorers landed there and it was the rottenest Island they ever saw!

(actually, the Island is home to a rare marsupial called a Quokka, and the explorers thought they were rats. Hence, "rat-nest" Island)

Oberon
02-02-2008, 10:24 PM
In the lake country of northern Minnesota ("Land of 10,000 Lakes") they ran out of names for them, hence His Lake, Her Lake, This Lake, That Lake, on and on. You can check them out if you have a detailed map.

Joycecwilliams
02-02-2008, 10:30 PM
I live up the road from Truth or Consequences, NM. There's a story there, I'm sure.

There is a story there.

Originally called "Hot Springs", it took the name of a popular radio program in 1950, when Truth or Consequences host Ralph Edwards announced that he would do the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show. Ralph Edwards came to the town during the first weekend of May for the next fifty years. This event was called the "Fiesta" and included a beauty contest, parade, and a stage show. The town was also the fictional hometown of Cactus Jack, one of the several professional wrestling personas of Mick Foley.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_or_Consequences,_New_Mexico

Joycecwilliams
02-02-2008, 10:31 PM
My favourite was always Hot Coffee, Mississippi.

My kind of town. My blood type is caffine.

BlueTexas
02-02-2008, 11:09 PM
There is a story there.

Originally called "Hot Springs", it took the name of a popular radio program in 1950, when Truth or Consequences host Ralph Edwards announced that he would do the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show. Ralph Edwards came to the town during the first weekend of May for the next fifty years. This event was called the "Fiesta" and included a beauty contest, parade, and a stage show. The town was also the fictional hometown of Cactus Jack, one of the several professional wrestling personas of Mick Foley.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_or_Consequences,_New_Mexico

Well, that's underwhelming. I wanted to hear about blood or gallows or death by cacti.

Thanks for sharing, though!

Siddow
02-02-2008, 11:18 PM
I just checked my blog stats and had a visitor today from Smackover, Arkansas. :D

shakeysix
02-03-2008, 03:05 AM
Moscow, Kansas

ColoradoGuy
02-03-2008, 03:10 AM
There is a story there.

Originally called "Hot Springs", it took the name of a popular radio program in 1950, when Truth or Consequences host Ralph Edwards announced that he would do the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show. Ralph Edwards came to the town during the first weekend of May for the next fifty years. This event was called the "Fiesta" and included a beauty contest, parade, and a stage show. The town was also the fictional hometown of Cactus Jack, one of the several professional wrestling personas of Mick Foley.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_or_Consequences,_New_Mexico
Fascinating. Now what about Tucumcarie?

Joycecwilliams
02-03-2008, 04:34 AM
Tucumcarie I don't have a clue...

Maybe there was only 2 girls in the town called Carrie...

The_Grand_Duchess
02-03-2008, 06:18 AM
Did anyone mention Intercourse, PA?

ChaosTitan
02-03-2008, 08:05 AM
Fascinating. Now what about Tucumcarie?

I stayed in Tucumcarie once! :D


Did anyone mention Intercourse, PA?

Page one. It's a hard town to not mention. ;)

Joycecwilliams
02-03-2008, 08:14 AM
I just checked my blog stats and had a visitor today from Smackover, Arkansas. :D

Wonder how that place got it's name...

Joycecwilliams
02-03-2008, 08:19 AM
Well, that's underwhelming. I wanted to hear about blood or gallows or death by cacti.

Thanks for sharing, though!

hmmm there is a Blood Pond in Lancaster NH does that satisfy your hunger for gore?

Joycecwilliams
02-03-2008, 08:22 AM
Bloody Run in Nevada Co. California... so named for the unusual high murder rate along the course...

That's got to satisfy someone's gorey interests.. :)

SpookyWriter
02-03-2008, 08:23 AM
Bloody Basin, Arizona.

Joe270
02-03-2008, 01:23 PM
Fascinating. Now what about Tucumcarie?

A trucker's dream if I ever did see one.

Yes, I have been from Tucson to Tucumcarie. Twice. In between you pass through Winslow, AZ. I had my daughter pose for a picture on a corner there, she's got it blown up on the wall in her room.

How 'bout apt names?

Caliente, Nevada.

Yep. Sounds about right.

Joycecwilliams
02-03-2008, 06:59 PM
A trucker's dream if I ever did see one.

Yes, I have been from Tucson to Tucumcarie. Twice. In between you pass through Winslow, AZ. I had my daughter pose for a picture on a corner there, she's got it blown up on the wall in her room.

How 'bout apt names?

Caliente, Nevada.

Yep. Sounds about right.


I stood on the corner in Winslow AZ also...

are you asking about apartment names...