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Not so ordinary town names

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

By: Brenda Harrison

Across our nation and even in our own state, are some interesting, and unusual, names of cities and towns. No doubt, the stories behind these names would 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 to someone if you are from North, South Carolina, or Texas, South Carolina. (Groucho Marx had fun with a lady from North, S.C., on one of his television shows.) 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 in South Carolina, 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. There is a 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, Ordinary and Ono. There is a Lovely, Beauty, Dukedom, and Select. And, 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 a Jugtown, Manda Gap, Scalp Level, Squirrel Hill, Stalker, Stiltz and Burning Well.

Back to South Dakota where we found Tea, they have a Bonesteel, Crooks, Eaglebutte, Gayville, Mud Butte and Pukwana.

Perhaps you have visited some of these towns.

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