11/28/2011

You have to love Texas: "Strange town names decorate the Texas map"

There is of course a Lott, Texas. From the UPI:

Texas is host to hundreds of towns with strange names, including one dubbed Nameless, a folklorist says.

The town of Nameless got its handle after several other names for the proposed town were rejected by the U.S. postmaster in 1880, the San Antonio Express-News reported Sunday.

Finally, after the sixth rejection, a resident sent a note to the postmaster saying, "Let the post office be nameless and be damned!" And thus the town of Nameless was born.

Other towns adopted names for specific reasons, said Rhett Rushing, a folklorist at the Institute of Texan Culture.

Some residents named their towns after large cities as a way of raising attention, such as Atlanta, Detroit, Paris and Carthage.

Others were named after the town's roots, like Bovina, where cattle were shipped to market, and Muleshoe, which grew around a blacksmith's shop.

Happy, Joy, Utopia, Paradise, Eden, Placid, Prosper and Loyal Valley were all named with good feelings. . . .

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Blogger Rail Claimore said...

My favorite is Gun Barrel City. It's about 50 miles southeast of Dallas.

11/29/2011 12:55 AM  
Blogger Heartland Citizen said...

John,

The is also a cartridge with your name, .458 LOTT.

11/30/2011 11:09 AM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

If it were up to I, to name a town or city, I'd chose Damfino...

11/30/2011 11:48 AM  

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