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Funny Place Names


If you saw this post before I added this comment, I've edited the list of funny town names below. Readers commented that there were entire states missing from my list. I did an online search and found an exhaustive (exhausting?) list of funny US towns. The list below now reflects that search, plus additions suggested by readers. If your state is missing or if you know of other funny place names, feel free to click on the comments link at the end of this post.

Many have inquired how we are doing after last Wednesday - we're just fine. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, see the last blog post.) If we've got to be stranded somewhere, how could we go wrong being here?! 8-) We're enjoying extra time with Megan, Jim, and our grandson Drew, and if they're tired of us, they're too gracious to hint that they are. They say our car repairs should be done by the end of the week. It's a little unsettling to think they're going to hand us the car with thousands of dollars worth of repairs done underneath and we're going to begin a 700 mile trip home! Please pray that the repairs will indeed by completed satisfactorily this week. We have jobs back home, and our time off this week is without pay since we've used up our paid personal time.

We were finally able to pull some pictures off Megan's camera, and so I'm putting several below. I told you how intently little Drew watched the fireworks Wednesday evening. Here's how he looked for a solid half hour....

Drew looking intently at the fireworks

Megan was able to take a picture of Becka while they waited in the ambulance for all the formalities to get settled outside. You can see in the picture in Drew's car seat the little yellow fireman's hat and bear the firemen gave him.

my wife Becka in the ambulance

We really enjoyed our evening with the members of the 1982 class of Inter-City Baptist High School who were able to be present at their reunion. It was great to see them again and to get reacquainted after 25 years! It was a great evening of laughing, reminiscing, and praising the Lord for His goodness in our lives. Several tried to get me to believe that I look just the same! I used one of my favorite Dr. Guenter Salter lines on them - "So do you mean to tell me I looked this old back then?!" They would then moderate their comments by saying, "only a little lighter on top." (I hope that was a reference to hair color!) Several recoiled when I said something about their being "middle aged" now. It made me think of a blog post from last summer called "middle age" for those who'd like to read it. Below is a picture of most of those who were in attendance....

the class of 1982

We have seen and heard some pretty interesting names of people and places during our time in the Detroit area. This area is truly diverse in its ethnic background. I remembered a list I had of funny place names that I thought I'd share with you today.

Funny Place Names

After you read the list below you might wonder with me HOW they ever came up with some of these amusing, crazy-sounding names for these towns and villages!

United States by state

Alabama:
Dollar, AL
Pig Eye, AL
Rash, AL
Sardine, AL
Section, AL
Shorter, AL
Smut Eye, AL
Zip City, AL

Alaska:
Candle, AK
Dead Horse, AK
Mary's Igloo, AK

Arizona:
Grasshopper Junction, AZ
Monkey's Eyebrow,AZ
Organ Pipe, AZ
Santa Claus, AZ
Why, AZ

Arkansas:
Alf, AR
Ben Hur, AR
Grape, AR
Hog Wallow, AR
Ozone, AR (Hey, I thought Clinton and not Gore was from Arkansas!)
Possum Grape, AR
Toad Suck, AR
Tomato, AR
Turkey Scratch, AR
Y-City, AR

California:
Burnt Ranch, CA
Confidence, CA
Cool, CA
Likely, CA
Prunedale, CA
Raisin, CA
Skidoo, CA
Thermal, CA
Weed, CA

Colorado:
Bountiful, CO
Empire, CO
Hygiene, CO
No Name, CO
Nowhere, CO
Paradox, CO
Tincup CO

Connecticut:
Giants Neck, CT

Delaware:
Bear, DE
Blades, DE
Hourglass, DE

Florida:
Briny Breezes, FL
Bunker Donation, FL
Celebration, FL
Christmas, FL
Couch, FL
Day, FL
Elfers, FL
Frostproof, FL
Panacea,FL
Picnic, FL
Possum Bluff, FL
Sopchoppy, FL
Spuds, FL
Tobacco Patch Landing, FL
Two Egg, FL
Wacahoota, FL
Yeehaw Junction, FL

Georgia:
Alley, GA
Arabic, GA
Benevolence, GA
Doctortown, GA
Enigma, GA
Experiment, GA
Flintstone, GA
Hephzibah, GA
Homerville, GA
Ideal, GA
Magnet, GA
Mayday, GA
New Georgia, GA
Snap Finger, GA

Hawaii:
Papa, HI

Idaho:
Beaver Head, ID
Butte City, ID

Illinois:
Energy, IL
Goofy Ridge, IL
Grand Detour, IL
Kickapoo, IL
Normal, IL
Oblong, IL (Hence that old classic headline “Normal Boy Marries Oblong Girl.”

Indiana:
Alert, IN
Bacon, IN
Beanblossom, IN
Beehunter, IN
Birds Eye, IN
Buddha, IN
Carefree, IN
Fickle, IN
Santa Claus, IN
Solitude, IN
Steam Corner, IN
Toad Hop, IN

Iowa:
Beebeetown, IA
Tingley, IA
What Cheer, IA

Kansas:
Agenda, KS
Buttermilk, KS
Gas, KS
Liberal, KS
Moonlight, KS
Neutral, KS
Protection, KS
Skiddy, KS
Smileyberg, KS

Kentucky:
Acorn, KY
Asphalt, KY
Awe, KY
Beauty, KY
Cut Shin, KY
Decoy, KY
Dukedom, KY
Dwarf, KY
Grannie, KY
Hazard, KY
Hippo, KY
Jetson, KY
Krypton, KY
Lovely, KY
Moon, KY
Mummie, KY
Mud Lick, KY
Oddville, KY
Ono, KY
Ordinary, KY
Parrot, KY
PeeWee Valley, KY
Pyramid, KY
Quicksand, KY
Ready, KY
Redhouse, KY
Relief, KY
Select, KY
Shoulderblade, KY
Slusher, KY
Turkey, KY
Viper, KY
Vortex, KY
Wax, KY

Louisiana:
Aimwell, LA
Cutoff, LA
Goober Hill, LA
Kickapoo, LA
Plain Dealing, LA
Slaughter, LA
Trout, LA
Vixen, LA
Waterproof, LA

Maine: (see a sign with some place names)
Mount Desert Island, ME
Strong, ME

Maryland:
Boring, MD
California, MD
Hale, Maryland
Point of Rocks, MD
Scaggsville, MD

Massachussetts:
Belchertown, MA
Cummaquid, MA
Mashpee, MA
Sandwich, MA

Michigan:
Christmas, MI
Climax, MI
Hell, MI
Lake, MI
Nirvanna, MI
Paradise, MI
Saline, MI

Minnesota:
Blue Earth, MN
Bowstring
Credit River, MN
Embarrass (one of the coldest spots in Minnesota)
Frost
Gully
Montevideo (pronounced with the "video" just like a video tape)
Motley
Savage
Sleepy Eye (Little House on the Prairie location)
Twig

Mississippi:
Arm, MS
Bobo, MS
Chickenbone, MS
Chunky, MS
Doglap, MS
Grin, MS
Hot Coffee, MS
Money, MS
Petal, MS
Screwdriver, MS
Swampbottom, MS
Sweatman, MS

Missouri:
Bland, MO
Clever, MO
Competition, MO
Dissen, MO
Elmo, MO
Enough, MO
Fairdealing, MO
Gipsy, MO
Grubville, MO
Gumbo, MO
Moody, MO
Novelty, MO
Peculiar, MO
Pumpkin Center, MO
Service, MO
Shook, MO
Skidmore, MO
Success, MO
Tightwad, MO

Montana:
Hungry Horse, MT
Moose Town, MT
Opportunity, MT
Pappa's Place, MT
Power, MT
Stump Town, MT

Nebraska:
Magnet, NE

Nevada:
Carp, NV
Pahrump, Nevada
Searchlight, NV

New Jersey:
Ho-ho-kus, NJ
Hopatcong, NJ
Piscataway, NJ

New Mexico:
Flying H, NM
Organ, NM
Truth Or Consequences, NM
Sunspot, NM
Toadlena, NM
Weed, NM

New York:
Bath, NY
Chili, NY
Fishkill, NY
Flushing, NY
Horseheads, NY
Mooers, NY
Triangle, NY

North Carolina:
Bandana, NC
Cooleemee, NC
Frying Pan Landing, NC
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Tomahawk, NC
Tuxedo, NC
Welcome, NC
Whynot, NC

North Dakota:
Beach, ND
Can Do, ND
Mott, ND
Hoople, ND
Horace, ND
Max, ND
Ray, ND
Napolean, ND
Zap, ND

Ohio:
Burgoon, OH
Businessburg, OH
Clyde, OH
Coolville, OH
Defiance, OH
Jelloway, OH
Knockemstiff, OH
Pepper Pike, OH
Poland, OH
Put-in-Bay, OH
Rising Sun, OH

Oklahoma:
Bowlegs, OK
Kremlin, OK
Loco, OK
Happyland, OK
Okay, OK
Slapout, OK
Straight, OK

Oregon:
Aloha, OR
Boring, OR
Drain, OR
Half.com, OR
Idiotville, OR
Riddle, OR

Pennsylvania:
Bird-in-Hand, PA
Buck, PA
Burnt Cabins, PA
Economy, PA
Export, PA
Flourtown, PA
Honey, PA
Jugtown, PA
King of Prussia, PA
Laboratory, PA
Lawn, PA
Library, PA
Lover, PA
Manda Gap, PA
Paint, PA
Peach, PA
Plum, PA
Railroad, PA
Scalp Level, PA
Slippery Rock, PA
Snow Shoe, PA
Spry, PA
Squirrel Hill, PA
Stalker, PA
Stiltz, PA
Burning Well, PA

South Carolina:
Ninety-Six, SC
North, SC
Prosperity, SC

South Dakota:
Bonesteel, SD
Box Elder, SD
Crooks, SD
Eaglebutte, SD
Gopher, SD
Mud Butte, SD
Pukwana, SD
Roscoe, SD
Tea, SD

Tennessee:
Bugscuffle, TN
Bugtussle, TN
Defeated, TN
Difficult, TN
Disco, TN
Flippin, TN
Only, TN
Skullbone, TN
Smartt, TN
Soddy-Daisy, TN
Static, TN

Texas:
Ben Franklin, TX
Best, TX
Bigfoot, TX
Blanket, TX
Boston, TX
Bushland, TX
Camelot, TX
Canadian, TX
Cee Vee, TX
China Grove, TX
China Grove, TX (yes, two of 'em)
Chocolate Bayou, TX
Cost, TX
Cut and Shoot, TX
Dripping Springs, TX
Earth, TX
Egypt, TX
Fink, TX
Flat, TX
Friendship, TX
Grow, TX
Gun Barrel City, TX
Happy, TX
Honey Island, TX
Hoop and Holler, TX
Lawn, TX
Lazbuddie, TX
Moss Hill, TX
Muleshoe, TX
Nacogdoches, TX
Needmore, TX
Needville, TX
New Boston, TX
Noodle, TX
Notrees, TX
Oatmeal, TX
Old Boston, TX (yep, Boston, New Boston, and Old Boston, TX!)
Old Glory, TX
Pep, TX
Petty, TX
Progress, TX
Quail, TX
RingGold, TX
Rosebud, TX
Royalty, TX
Schertz, TX
Study Butte, TX
Telegraph, TX
Tigertown, TX
Tiki Island, TX
Turkey, TX
Tuxedo, TX
Valentine, TX
Veribest, TX (not to be confused with Best, TX)
Zunkerville, TX

Utah:
Bullfrog, UT
Hurricane, UT
Orderville, UT

Vermont:
Bread Loaf, VT
Mosquitoville, VT
Notown, VT

Virginia:
Bane, VA
Clam, VA
Disputanta, VA
Fourway, VA (2 of them)
Frogtown, VA
Goochland, VA
Moonlight, VA (2 of them also)
Pocket, VA
Short Pump, VA
Simplicity, VA

Washington:
Aloha, WA
George, WA
Index, WA
La Push, WA
Medical Lake, WA
Onion Creek, WA
Pysht, WA
Ritzville, WA
Ruff Starbuck, WA
Tiger, WA
Walla Walla, WA
Zillah, WA

West Virginia:
Acme, WV
Alloy, WV
Big Ugly, WV
Big Ugly Creek, WV
Canvas, WV
Friendly, WV
Frost, WV
HooHoo, WV
Kermit, WV
Left Hand, WV
Looneyville, WV
Mammoth, WV
Man, WV
Muddlety, WV
Nitro, WV
Odd, WV
Pinch, WV
Quick, WV
Replete, WV
Shanghai, WV
Sod, WV
Tornado, WV

Wisconsin:
Beetown, WI
Chili, WI
Coon Valley, WI
Cornucopia, WI
Cream, WI
Egg Harbor, WI
Embarrass, WI
Footville, WI
Hustler, WI
Oshkosh, WI
Rising Sun, WI
Spread Eagle, WI
Tell, WI
Ubet, WI
Victory, WI
Village of Superior, WI

Wyoming:
Bairoil, WY
Jackson Hole, WY

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Anglesy, Wales is an interesting place name, or perhaps better yet is a town in New Zealand that boasts the longest place name in the world - Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu (85 characters long!)

Here's a picture I found online of a sign with the town's name...

longest recognized town name in the world - located in New Zealand

quotation...

"If there's nothing about our lives that shows the imprint of God, then He doesn't get the glory." - Dr. Drew Conley

=^..^= =^..^=
Rob

The optimist is often as wrong as the pessimist, but he is much happier.


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13 Comments on “Funny Place Names”

  1. #1 Anita
    on Jul 10th, 2007 at 11:51 am

    Now, you can’t forget Big Ugly, West Virginia. Definitely needs to be added to your list. It’s always a favorite joke of my Uncle’s (who is a pastor) to ask in church if the “two Big Ugly ladies will please stand up!”

    Rob adds:
    Hi Anita! Did you recognize anyone in that picture? 8-)

  2. #2 B.J.
    on Jul 10th, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Hey! I lived much of my childhood in and around Elfers, Fl, where my grandparents still live! I never would have guessed it to make your list. Wacahoota is an Indian name. They have interesting names for sure! Near Elfers is the Pithlachascotee river. Say that three times fast. Or, just once! I work in Geauga county now. My great aunt lives in Saline, MI, which is pronounced “suh-LEEN” by the way. Flat TX has to be near where I lived in Texas, as we could see 35 miles to the city skyline! Kentucky just looks like they like to compete amongst themselves for weird names.

    I would have to say, that “Big Ugly” comment above takes the cake!

  3. #3 Charles
    on Jul 10th, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    I live thirty minutes from Valentine TX. People send mail to Valentine before Valentine Day to have it post marked there. I enjoyed.

  4. #4 Sharon Klenk
    on Jul 10th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Hi, Rob,
    I was disappointed to see that Minnesota was missing from the list! Two favorites: Motley, MN (about an hour away from “home,” and we always seemed to feel motley from travelling), and Montevideo – pronounced with the “video” just like a video tape. (It is a sister city to Montevideo, Uruguay, however, though not pronounced the same.)

    Keep up the good work!
    Sharon

  5. #5 David McGuire
    on Jul 10th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    Just as Sharon Klenk said, you forgot Minnesota, so here are a few of the more interesting towns in our fair state:

    Bowstring
    Embarrass [one of the coldest spots in Minnesota]
    Frost
    Gully
    Savage
    Sleepy Eye [Little House on the Prairie location]
    Twig

    Then we have the problem of locations. The city of Blue Earth is in Faribault County, but the city of Faribault is in Rice County . . . a bit confusing, to be sure

    But my favorite is Blooming Prairie [just down the road from Owatonna]. The athletic teams are called the “Awesome Blossoms.” And they are pretty good in some sports.

    And let me say hello to Sahron Klenk. I remember her when she worked at the Campus Store during the 1970s [I know . . . that's a previous century!]. Whenever she flew home to Minnesota for vacation, she had quite the itinerary in order to arrive in northwest Minnesota.

    Enjoyed your geographic free-for-all today.

  6. #6 Anita
    on Jul 10th, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    I did recognize a few in those pictures…although that class was a mere six years ahead of me!!!! haha My 20th is next year! EEK! Doesn’t seem possible. I still feel like I’m 20 years old – not 20 years out of high school!

  7. #7 Zina
    on Jul 11th, 2007 at 4:40 am

    Celebration, Fl was built by the Walt Disney Co. Many employees and executives live there. It is a neat place to visit.

  8. #8 Ann Larson
    on Jul 13th, 2007 at 7:57 am

    When we go back home to Virginia, we go through Oilville, Goochland, Cuckoo, and Short Pump. My mailing address growing up was Bumpass, Virginia. When I went to college, I used “Richmond, Virginia” on my nametag instead!

  9. #9 Tom Charles
    on Jul 13th, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Fun list! But the sign only begins the list of “imported” Maine names. For instance, Carthage and Madrid aren’t far from Mexico, but Calais is way to the east, Mars Hill in the north. Lots of odd place names, too. My favorite is Pocomoonshine (lake and mountain downeast) but Meddybemps (lake near Poco) is close. Then if nearby Canadian places can be added, there’s a village in eastern Quebec named St. Louis du Ha! Ha!

  10. #10 Michael Schmid
    on Jul 17th, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    I live in Germany near to Darmstadt, which literally means “intestine town”. Closely related to that is the town of Essen, which means “food” or “to eat”.
    A “Hamburger” is either a person from the city of Hamburg or, yes, a hamburger.
    And a “Frankfurter” is either a person from Frankfurt or a sausage.
    And a “Berliner” is either a person from Berlin or a jam donut.

    You can tell what us Germans think about most of the day… ;-)

  11. #11 Janel
    on Jul 18th, 2007 at 9:16 am

    I’ve always found the little town of Between, GA fairly humorous. We live in Snellville and just past us is Loganville then Between and Monroe all on the way to Athens. It’s especially funny when I am driving and I get a call on my cellphone and they ask where I am and I get to say I am in Between!

  12. #12 Beth
    on Jul 24th, 2007 at 9:57 am

    Hi, I just thought I’d mention that there are hundreds of funny place names in Canada.

    In Quebec there’s: Asbestos, Bic, Grand’Mere, New Richmond, Nouvelle

    in Newfoundland and Labrador: Joe Batt’s Arm, Goose Bay, Garnish, Lawn, Lourdes

    in Nova Scotia: Prospect, Three Mile Plains, Framboise Cove (rasberry bay)

    in New Brunswick: Argyle, Canaan, Buctouche, Eel River, Five Fingers, Peel

    in Ontario: Ajax, Angus, Caeserea, Guelphe, L’Orignal (Moose)

    in Manitoba: Dominion City, Winkler

    in Saskatchewan: Ebenezer, Plenty, Moose Jaw, Outlook, Pelican Narrows

    in Alberta: Faust, Medicine Hat, Olds, Provost

    in British Columbia: Chilliwack, Honeymoon Bay, Horsefly, Nanaimo, One Hundred Mile House, Squamish

    Northwest Territorie: Whitehorse and many, many more all over the country. :)

    thank you IVman!

  13. #13 Denise Brooks
    on Sep 7th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    In August when we were in South Carolina we went for a drive. As we were heading back to Simpsonville a storm was in front of us. We headed into it and on the outskirts of “Due West” a branch from a tree broke off and hit the bumper of our vehicle. Thank the Lord for His protection! Only the bumper and one of our tires were damaged. You don’t need to post this whole event, but just add Due West to your SC list. The name struck us funny since we live in Colorado.


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