Not so ordinary town names

on Tuesday, 06 June 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

Brenda Harrison, Editor

Across our nation and even in our own state, are some interesting, and unusual, names of cities and towns. The stories behind these names would probably make an entertaining book. For instance in South Carolina, we have No Man’s Land, Spiderweb, Tickle Hill, Tip Top and Snoddy. Try to explain it if you are from North, South Carolina, or Texas, South Carolina. (Groucho Marx had fun with a lady from North, S.C. on his TV show.)

Then, there’s Thicketty, Ninety Six and True Blue. In a friendlier tone, there’s Happy Bottom, Happytown and Welcome. Thinking about a happy place, Florida has a town named Christmas (can’t get much happier than that). There’s also Yeehaw Junction, Two Egg and Spuds, Florida.

It wouldn’t be too surprising to find a Tea here, but no, you’d have to travel to South Dakota to find Tea. Between South Carolina and Florida, there is a Between, Georgia. Georgia is also home to Experiment, Hephzibah and Enigma. Looking north to North Carolina, we find Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head in the Outer Banks; Chocowinity, Cooleemee, Whynot, Meat Camp, Poor Town, Tick Bite, Lizard Lick, Boogertown, Fuquay-Varina and Toast.

Staying in the South, but moving west, we find a large collection of strange names in Texas. Consider Lazbuddie, Muleshoe, Cut and Shoot, Bangs, and Gun Barrel City. Also Happy, Valentine, Chocolate Bayou, Best and Veribest. There’s also a Needmore, Needville, Petty, Cee Vee, Boston and Old Boston in Texas.

Moving on to Kentucky, we find Oddville, Ono, Ordinary, Lovely, Beauty, Dukedom, and Select. And there is a Hippo, Hazard, Mummie, Pippa Passes, Quicksand, Viper and Relief. The friendly state of Kansas has Smileyberg, Protection, Moonlight, Buttermilk and Zook. Missouri, the “Show Me” state, has Competition, Elmo, Fairdealing, Gipsy, Novelty, Pumpkin Center and Success.

Pennsylvania, with its beautiful Amish Country, offers Bird-in-Hand, Blue Ball and Intercourse. There’s Jugtown, Manda Gap, Scalp Level, Squirrel Hill, Stalker, Stiltz and Burning Well. Back to South Dakota where we found Tea, there is Bonesteel, Crooks, Eaglebutte, Gayville, Mud Butte and Pukwana. Have you visited any of these?