|06-29-2001, 07:38 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: NetShrine WHQ
Funny Town Names
I don't know how
- Idiotville, Oregon
- Knockemstiff, Ohio
- Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky
- Satan's Kingdom, Vermont
- Toad Suck, Arkansas
all missed the list?
See You In Hell!
Hell, Michigan, that is, and nine more roadside attractions across the country
By Kathy Kemp
Plan to hit the road this summer, but don't quite know where to go? We don't mean to be rude, but have you considered Hell? Michigan, that is. (And you thought you had to drive south.) For a different kind of vacation, check out this tour of off-road America, where the unusual names are the main attraction:
1. Hell, Michigan. If you've always wanted to see Hell freeze over, visit this place in winter, when the Highland Lake dam often gets icy enough to stop the water flow. In summer, when temperatures are moderate, the town has a "Satan's Holidays" festival and a road race called "Run To Hell." In October is the "Halloween In Hell" Celebration. The town got its name in 1841, when George Reeves, an early settler in this low, swampy place in southeast Michigan, was asked what he thought the town should be named. "I don't care," Reeves said. "You can name it 'Hell' if you want to."
2. Slapout, Alabama. Oscar Peeples, the town grocer in the early 1900s, was forever waiting on customers who asked for things he didn't have. "I'm slap out of it," Peeples would say. "But I'll have it in a day or two." This central Alabama community, north of Montgomery, is now little more than a crossroads, with a church, bank, barber shop and the tumble-down remains of Peeple's old store.
3. Noodle, Texas. In the late 1800s, Texans often used the word "noodle" to mean nothing, which is exactly what they found when they arrived at this locale near Abilene. Now there are two churches, a store and an old gin. For nearly a century, the population has held steady at about 40 people.
4. Joe, Montana. When quarterback Joe Montana signed on with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993, a Missouri radio station urged the folk of Ismay, in southeast Montana near the North Dakota border, to change the town's name to "Joe." The sports-minded citizenry, all 22 of them, voted in favor of the change, and a new industry was born. In fact, money raised from selling "Joe, Montana" souvenirs enabled the town to build a new fire station.
5. Lizard Lick, North Carolina. Since 1972, the residents of this town, 16 miles east of Raleigh, have held annual lizard races every fall to herald the farming community's unusual name. It dates back to the days when the area was home to a federally operated liquor still, and lizards were brought in to cut down on the insects. Traveling salesmen noticed the creatures and dubbed the community Lizard Lick.
6. Chicken, Alaska. The village, in the Alaskan wild near the Canadian border, is named for a bird, but not the one you're thinking about. In the late 1800s, gold miners found a reliable meal in the abundant ptarmigan, a grouse-like critter whose white feathers make it look, from a distance, like a chicken. When the townsfolk decided to incorporate in 1902, none of them knew how to spell ptarmigan. So they went with the look-alike Chicken to avoid the jokes a misspelled name would incur. Unfortunately, poultry jokes now abound. The town has a full-time population of about 30 people and mail delivery every Tuesday and Friday. There's a saloon, but no telephones or central plumbing. Incidentally, the ptarmigan is now the Alaska state bird.
7. Spot, Tennessee. A dot in the road about an hour west of Nashville, Spot was named by a sawmill operator who was always writing folks about business. One day, pen in hand, the sawmill operator sat at his desk, worrying over a letter from postal authorities wanting to know what to call the town. A spot of ink dropped onto the sawmill operator's white stationery, and the town had its name. By town, we mean a couple of houses and a ramshackle store.
8. Peculiar, Missouri. In spring of 1868, Postmaster E.T. Thomson decided to name his town "Excelsior," but postal officials told him it was already taken. Thomson reapplied with new names, and received the same response time after time. Exasperated, he finally told postal officials to assign the town a unique name, one that was "sort of peculiar." Peculiar, near the Kansas border just south of Kansas City, is home to about 1,800 people.
9. Zap, North Dakota. A Northern Pacific Railroad official, in charge of naming settlements on the line, named Zap after Zapp, Scotland, because both places had coal mines. The city, about 15 miles south of Lake Sakakawea, encompasses one square mile and is home to about 300.
10. Embarrass, Minnesota. If faces are red here, it's only because the town--205 miles north of St. Paul--is typically the coldest spot in the continental U.S. The mid-winter temperature often drops to minus-60 degrees, and snow has been known to fall in June. The name comes from early settlers, who used the French word for obstacles, embarrass, to describe the hardships they faced in the frigid territory. Today, the population is largely Finnish. They celebrate their thriving community with a Finish-American Festival every summer.
|07-01-2001, 11:29 AM||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2001
Isn't Larry Bird from a town called French Lick, Indiana?
Some unusual towns in Maryland:
Accident -- be careful there!
Bivalve -- wow, two valves instead of just one!
Issue -- do people there have issues?
Ladiesburg -- you gents might like this town
Mechanicsville -- if your car breaks down, this sounds like a good place for the breakdown to happen
Savage -- a beastly place?
Secretary -- if you're looking for an administrative assistant, this might be a good place to find one
And then there's good ol' Intercourse, Pennsylvania!
|07-01-2001, 11:37 AM||#3|
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: NetShrine WHQ
I've seen many good "I [heart] Intercourse, PA" bumper stickers in my day..............
..........nice to see ya Shel.
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