Strange place names in your part of the world

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  1. Karin L

    Karin L Bovine and Range Nerd

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    Here's some from my area: my hometown, Barrhead, and Westlock are kinda strange, when you think about it. Also, some small county areas like Mellowdale, Mosside, Camp Creek, Tiger Lily are different.

    Some other towns:
    Stony Plain
    Spruce Grove
    Two Hills
    Champion
    Cereal
    Peace River
    Fort Saskatchewan
    Legal
    Clyde
    and many more...
     
  2. GrannyG

    GrannyG Well-Known Member

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    We have Rising Star several miles from us. Just in time for the holiday names.
     

  3. Ravenlost

    Ravenlost Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Looxahoma (the community I live in)

    Senatobia (the closest town)

    Tchulahoma

    Thyatira

    Coahoma

    Arkabutla

    Hickahala (creek that forms our farm's north borderline)

    These are all Chickasaw Indian words. I know that "hicka" means STOP and "hala" means ARRIVE. Also, "homa" means RED and "looxa" means TURTLE.
     
  4. DrippingSprings

    DrippingSprings In Remembrance

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    Rash
    Eclectic
    Muck
    Corner
    Smelley
    Section
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  5. caryatid

    caryatid Well-Known Member

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    New Mexico:

    Funny names-
    Truth or Consequences
    Pie town
    Elephant Butte

    Spanish names-
    Agua Fria (Cold water?)
    Madrid (pronounced MA-drid, not ma-DRID like in Spain)
    Socorro (it means "Help". You can see the jokes forming already)
    La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís (aka. Santa Fe)

    And the "Good luck spelling/pronouncing" names-
    Pojoaque
    Carrizozzo
    Taos
    La Cienega
    (of course I must add) ALBUQUERQUE!!
     
  6. rkintn

    rkintn mean people suck

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    Here are some from TN:

    Bucksnort
    Skull Bone
    Santa Fe (pronounced Santa Fee) LOL
    Hohenwald
    Mascot
    Ooletewah
    Rural Hill
    Bell Buckle
    Friendship
    Friendsville
    Gilt Edge
    Greenback
    Wartburg
     
  7. TnMtngirl

    TnMtngirl Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Crackers Neck
    Bulldog
    Trade
    Poga
     
  8. ThreeJane

    ThreeJane Me Love Your Face

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    Just up in my neck of the woods there are some odd names:

    Athol (my town, although there's an Athol, MA, and Athol, KY and Athol in Scotland)

    Seneacquoteen (I think that's how you spell it)

    The twin towns of Hope and Beyond Hope. (snicker)

    Talache (had to ask around to get the pronunciation of that one)

    Then we have Kootenai County (koot-knee), the Kootenai Indian Tribe (Koot-nye) and the Kootenay mountains.

    The lake of Pend Oreille (ponderay) and the town of Ponderay (in case you couldn't pronounce the lake)

    St. Maries (but everyone calls it Saint "Mary's")

    The town of Puyallup in Washington which I can't say correctly to save my life. (pew-allup but I just can't say it) I should add: Many weird names in Washington. (Snoqualmie, Snohomish, Curlew, et al)

    Oh yeah, Priest River, ID which has, IMHO, more frontage on the Pend Oreille river than the Priest River. (snickers, waits for LisaInNIdaho to explain)

    I always thought Potlatch was a funny name for a town.
     
  9. Rita

    Rita Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Since the TN one's were already posted I'll add Sopchoppy, FL and my hometown Throop (pronounced Troop) PA.
     
  10. woodspirit

    woodspirit Well-Known Member

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    Skaneatles,
    Canandaigua,
    Honeoye,
    Cohocton,
    Canisteo,
    Kanona,
    Painted Post,
    Bath,
    Onondaga,
    Avon,
    Keuka,
    Lima,
    Tioga,
    Horseheads
     
  11. DonnaKay

    DonnaKay Well-Known Member

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    Wewahitchica
    Chattahoochee
    Telogia
    Estiffinugla (nick named Stiff and Ugly)
    Two Egg
    All towns in Florida
     
  12. largentdepoche

    largentdepoche Well-Known Member

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    Butts County, GA says it all :D lol

    Kat
     
  13. Bearfootfarm

    Bearfootfarm Hello, hello....is there anybody in there.....? Supporter

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  14. QBVII

    QBVII Well-Known Member

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    Monkey's Eyebrow
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    Hardmoney
    Cold Water
    Joy
     
  15. SpringCrkAromas

    SpringCrkAromas Well-Known Member

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    Fun thread !
    Iowa has
    Lone Tree
    Black Hawk
    Coon Rapids
    Strawberry Point
    Mechanicsville
    and my favorite, What Cheer
    many more i'm sure, just can't think of them right now.
    Jill
     
  16. Ford8N

    Ford8N Well-Known Member

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    :bow: Well I remember a place near where I grew up in Southern IL that the local yokels called Youbedamned Holler.

    I think that you will agree that this one takes the cake though:
    http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/austria.asp
     
  17. Ardie/WI

    Ardie/WI Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Down the orad a piece is a town named Poy Sippi and the only bar in it is named the Last Sippi.

    I was born down the road from Frog Station.
     
  18. SFM in KY

    SFM in KY Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I never thought the names I grew up with in Montana and Wyoming were odd but a lot of visitors seemed to:

    Wyoming:

    Ten Sleep
    Big Piney
    Rock Springs
    Buffalo
    Greybull
    Medicine Bow
    Sweetwater
    Sundance

    Montana:

    Big Horn
    Red Lodge
    Wolf Point
    Box Elder
    Deer Lodge
    Roundup
    Plentywood

    But then I moved to Kentucky and the road names are even more fun than the town names. I was very, very disappointed that I could not live on "Frog Hollow Road" (pronounced "Holler" of course) but then there was also:

    Nubbin Ridge Road
    Sugartree Hollow Road
    Turkey Run Lane
    Deer Lick Road

    And another I'd have liked to live on: Possum Strut Holler Road
     
  19. culpeper

    culpeper Well-Known Member

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    Here in Australia we have some very interesting names for towns. In Queensland, there's one called 1770 (after the year of Captain Cook's discovery of Australia).

    Here is a list of place names I chose at random. Most are Aboriginal names.

    Wagga Wagga (pronounced 'Wogga') New South Wales
    Coolangatta (Queensland)
    Woollongong (NSW)
    The Rock (NSW)
    Weatherboard (Victoria)
    Yoongarillup (Western Australia) - a lot of places in WA end in -up.
    Xantippe (WA)
    Vinegar Hill (QLD)
    Umbukumba (Norther Territory)
    The Risk (Qld)
    The Patch (Vic)
    The Entrance (NSW)
    The Gap (Qld)
    The Limits (Qld)
    The Spectacles (WA)
    Tapitalli (NSW)
    Sunnyside (Tasmania, Qld and WA)
    Sugarloaf (Qld)
    Sulphur Creek (Qld)
    Septimus (Qld)
    Nevertire (NSW)
    New Chum (Qld)
    Mullengudgery (NSW)
    Lightning Ridge (NSW)
    Kangy Angy (NSW)
    Chinkapook (Vic)
    Coochiemudlo Island (Qld)
    Adventure Bay (Tas)
    Baan Baa (NSW)
    Badgingarra (WA)
    Commissioner's Flat (Qld)
    Coffin Bay (South Australia)
    Colosseaum (Qld)
    Emerald (Qld)

    (Wow! Have I had fun finding those and many more in the Postcode list!)
     
  20. fitwind

    fitwind Well-Known Member

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    Here are some from Missouri

    Puxico
    Peculiar
    Climax Springs
    Knobnoster
    Humansville
    Licking
    Knob Lick
    Koshkonong
    Tunas
    Roach
    Homersville
    Spickard