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Old 11-18-2019, 05:20 PM
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Strangely named places you've been to


This is a bit of an offshoot of the thread about strange things about towns you know, which I think should be self explanatory from the thread title.

I've been to Cool, California on a hot day.

I've passed through Weed, California on the way to Oregon. It's legal here now! And yes, businesses there sell souvenirs playing up the slang meaning of the town's name.

I once went wine tasting in Fair Play, California. That town's so small it doesn't even have a Wikipedia page. I think I was treated fairly there.

I've also driven through Rescue, California. It's another really tiny town, but it has a post office, a school, and a fire station that I'm sure will rescue if needed. (There are a lot of small towns with interesting names in California, aren't there? Most of them probably date from the Gold Rush.)

For one not in California, I mailed some postcards and took a selfie in Hell, Norway, which I'm told actually means something perfectly innocent in Norwegian, although I'm sure all the residents are well aware of what it means in English. Really sending a postcard from Hell is pretty much the only reason tourists go to Hell.
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St. Louis du Ha! Ha! in Quebec

East Oostburg, WI (It is east of Oostburg, which translates from the dutch as Eastburg, so I've really been to East Eastburg. I live east of East Eastburg.)

Felch, MI.

Spread Eagle, WI.
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I vacationed in Bumpass, Virginia. I think it's pronounced Bum Pass, but of course we referred to it at Bump Ass all week.

Also been to Hell, Michigan.
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Intercourse, PA. Sent my HS teacher a postcard from there.
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I spend a fair amount of time in Newfoundland, so...

Dildo (you don't believe me? Check this out)
Joe Batt's Arm
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There are plenty more. Whoever got there first and named places way back when had a sense of humor, apparently.

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Joe Batt's Arm
According to a guide in Alaska "arm" was a term English sailors used for a long, narrow inlet. Basically it means the same thing as a fjord. So I would assume Joe Batt's Arm was a narrow inlet named after someone named Joe Batt. But it definitely is a funny sounding name.
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Blue-eye, Arkansas. At least I think it's in Arkansas. Very close to the Missouri border.
DogPatch, Arkansas.


'Mixdenny' probably knows a bunch.

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I spend a fair amount of time in Newfoundland, so...

Dildo (you don't believe me? Check this out)
Joe Batt's Arm
Exploits


There are plenty more. Whoever got there first and named places way back when had a sense of humor, apparently.
I passed by the Dildo sign in Newfoundland. I've been to Come by Chance and Witless Bay there.
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While on TDY @ Barksdale AFB earlier in the year, my coworker and I took a drive up to Caddo Lake. On the west side of the lake was a little town called Uncertain, TX.
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Slapout, Oklahoma

Beck you can't count Dogpatch, that's like counting Truth or Consequences NM, it's a commercially sponsored name.

Unlike Slapout, Oklahoma.
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Slapout, Oklahoma

Beck you can't count Dogpatch, that's like counting Truth or Consequences NM, it's a commercially sponsored name.

Unlike Slapout, Oklahoma.
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Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.

French King Bridge, Massachusetts. Couldn't they make up their minds about which French King they were naming it after? Apparently the name comes from French King Rock, which is visible from the bridge. But that just transposes the question back one step without answering it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_King_Bridge
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Slippery Dick's Halfway Inn in Alaska.

Backlick Road in Virginia.

Boring, OR and Drain, OR.
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Old 11-18-2019, 09:31 PM
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Intercourse, PA. Sent my HS teacher a postcard from there.
I have ridden the road from Blue Balls to Intercourse, on my mobile vibrator. I mean motorcycle.
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Wartrace, Tennessee.

I always read the name as Wart race. Some say it's supposed to be War trace. I say that's no fun.
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French King Bridge, Massachusetts. Couldn't they make up their minds about which French King they were naming it after?
I thought it was named after the nearby French King Motel.
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I once went to East Aurora, New York, which happens to be 98 miles WEST of Aurora, New York.
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Seldom Seen, Ontario. It's in the township of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

It is a town at the end of a dead-end road. But in the past, it had good access to all kinds of lumber, which was a hot commodity in 19th century southern Ontario--and which proved to be too expensive to get out, since other local forests had handier access to road and rail transportation routes. Today, Seldom Seen is more of an unincorporated hamlet. I've been there, and there are still a few occupied homes, but no commercial businesses.

You don't go to Seldom Seen without a good reason to, which is how the town got it's name. Without any through traffic, and nothing to attract people to it, it really was "Seldom Seen."

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Spent a lot of time in Wabuska. Indian for 'White Grass'.
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I once went to East Aurora, New York, which happens to be 98 miles WEST of Aurora, New York.
Huh. Thatís about the distance and direction from Woodstock, NY to...well, you know, Woodstock. Some weird tesseract in the upstate NY spatial fabric.
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I've been to A, just A.

Now I just need to find a place called Z and my journeys will be over.
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Not at all politically correct and requiring explanation:

Quick cockney rhyming slang primer: Iron = Iron hoof = poof = homosexual man. And yes it is derogatory.

Welcome to Ironsbottom.

To add a layer of mystification, the pub at Ironsbottom is called The Three Horseshoes - a horseshoe being the iron hoof in question. If you see what I mean.

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I've been to Yeehaw Junction, FL a couple of times.

In Sarasota, FL, there is a road that for part of the way is called Tuttle, and then changes its name to Swift, so it is know as Swift-Tuttle occasionally, but has nothing at all to do with the Swift-Tuttle comet.
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There's a former stagecoach stop in Idaho called Fannys Hole, now deserted. Actually, there's a Fannys Upper Hole and a Fannys Lower Hole, and I've been in both of them.
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I thought it was named after the nearby French King Motel.
Nope. see the Wikipedia entry.

It's not named after the nearby French King Restaurant, either (which we've eaten at).
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I went to Mount Desert Island a couple months ago; the only place I know of that's named for three different geologic features. It's on the coast of Maine, and home to Acadia National Park.
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I went to Mount Desert Island a couple months ago; the only place I know of that's named for three different geologic features. It's on the coast of Maine, and home to Acadia National Park.
The name seems anomalous, considering that it's covered with trees. But, apparently, in colonial days it was pretty sparse.

You want to see a real desert up that way, go to the Desert of Maine.

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Panama has quite a few.

My favorite is the Rio Culo Seco, literally the "Dry Ass River." No idea why it's called that. Nearby is the Rio Bailamonos, the "Dancing Monkeys River." A couple of now defunct towns near the present Canal were called Ahorca Largato, "Hang the Lizard" and Cucaracha, "Cockroach." A still existent town is Diablo [Devil] Heights.

Elsewhere in Panama there is the Rio Teta, "Tit River," and Cruce de Mono, "Monkey Crossing." There's also a village named Guay, funny mainly because it's pronounced approximately like "Why?" in English.

One of the main thoroughfares in Panama City is Via Ricardo J. Alfaro, which is never called that but universally referred to as Tumba Muerto, "Tomb of the Dead." The tale goes that many years ago there were dairy farms out that way. The farmers complained that the vendors who came to get their milk arrived too late in the morning. The vendors said they dared not head out before dawn, because of a ghost who haunted an old tomb on the route. One the dairy farmers scoffed at this, and said he would go by there at night to prove there was no ghost. But a trickster placed a sheet in a tree attached to a rope, which he lowered and jiggled around when the farmer approached. The farmer shot at it and fled in terror, and the area has been called that ever since.

As an item of trivia, Panama City is the only city where the name of the city, province or state, and country is the same: Panama, Panama, Panama. (The official name of the city is just Panama, not Ciudad de Panama.)

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We have the completely unremarkable - except for the name - pedestrian bridge under the railway in Castleford.

Tickle Cock Bridge -

It even has a Wiki entry too https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tickle_Cock_Bridge

We have a couple of the better known UK ones such as

Crackpot
https://www.helenbushe.com/crackpot/
Lovely village but for cyclists it stand at the bottom of a huge climb

Penistone - I can never understand why folk find this place name funny, but there ya go, but that's likely because we say it as 'penny - stun'

Butt hole lane - in Conisborough


Also 'Gringley on the Hill' no reason for it to be funny but it is.
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I went to Mount Desert Island a couple months ago; the only place I know of that's named for three different geologic features. It's on the coast of Maine, and home to Acadia National Park.
Back where I grew up, Torpenhow Hill is supposedly named for the same feature 4 times. Tor = hill; Pen = hill...... you get the idea. When I lived round those parts, while Torpenhow obviously existed, nobody ever said, that I can remember, "Torpenhow Hill" - I think adding "Hill" just represented too good an opportunity to miss. Plus there seems to be some debate about exactly how many tautologies there are.

Anyway, it's a good story, and this is even better: it's pronounced Tropennah. Trust me, I'm local.

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I have used Exit 69 on I-75 in Michigan. The exit is for Big Beaver Road!!
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On route I-15 going through southern Utah you see some strange exit markings. That's because the place is very sparsely settled. You have exits for individual ranches, because there's no actual town nearby. (If the Cartwrights had lived in Utah, there'd be an exit marked "Ponderosa")

One of the weirdest exits is marked "Browse". It's not a town, or a ranch. It's a deer browse -- a place where they put out food for deer to eat. You're not supposed to pull off there unless you're a State official feeding the deer, so I haven't technically been to Browse. But I've passed the exit on I-15.


It's exit 30, here -- https://iexitapp.com/exits/Utah/I-15/North/90

https://iexitapp.com/Utah/I-15/Exit%2030/10798

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My brother and his neighbors named the road they lived on 'Four Wheel Drive', which is now the official name of it. It deserved the name.

I really want to visit Dickshooter, ID. It was named for a pioneer by the name of Dick Shooter.
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Like with this xkcd comic, I am now picturing a ragged ass-road.
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Dead Ox Flat on the Oregon side of the Snake river. Alkali soils and all that.

The thing is, in that region "Dead something something" is common enough. It's the "Flat" that's seems strange. Irrigation was brought in in the 30s and completely unknown photographer by the name of Dorthea Lange was brought in by the Feds to document it. Start browsing here.
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I've been to Big Bone Lick State Park outside of Cincinnati, but like everyone else I was just there to take a picture next to the sign.

And when I was in Germany, my phone informed me that I was in Fuhlsbuttel, which in my mind is pronounced "Fool's Butthole"

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I've been to Uncertain! I think

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This might be not countable - the town changed their name in the Victorian era in order to set the record at the time for longest place name, and thus attract tourism.
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Also 'Gringley on the Hill' no reason for it to be funny but it is.
I'm an avid reader of Regency novels, many of which are set in small rural towns rather than London. I thought the authors were making the names up. Then I got an atlas of England* and started looking up some of the weirder names (plus looking for other funny names)

When I got to Giggleswick, I gave up. Apparently in England you don't have to make up names, there's bound to be one out there to give just the right feel for your story.

* Note this happened long before such information could easily be looked up on the Internet.
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Toad Suck, Arkansas. It's not too far off I-40 between Fort Smith and Little Rock.
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My brother and his neighbors named the road they lived on 'Four Wheel Drive', which is now the official name of it. It deserved the name.
Supposedly there are quite a few plant specimens from Peru in the Missouri Botanical Gardens collection with the locality listed as "Curva Peligrosa" (Dangerous Curve). The collector, not speaking Spanish, assumed the road sign was the name of the of the closest town. (I'm not aware of any actual town named "Curva Peligrosa," but there should be.)
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I've been to Big Bone Lick State Park outside of Cincinnati, but like everyone else I was just there to take a picture next to the sign.
My friends and I all had to take pictures next to the Boner Ranch sign in northeast Wyoming in our early 20s.

Fast forward, and now I do a lot of work on that ranch in my capacity as a surveyor/remote pilot. Life is weird sometimes.
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Supposedly there are quite a few plant specimens from Peru in the Missouri Botanical Gardens collection with the locality listed as "Curva Peligrosa" (Dangerous Curve). The collector, not speaking Spanish, assumed the road sign was the name of the of the closest town. (I'm not aware of any actual town named "Curva Peligrosa," but there should be.)
Slight hijack - this is reminiscent of the story of Ireland's most notorious serial traffic offender.

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HE WAS one of Irelandís most reckless drivers, a serial offender who crossed the country wantonly piling up dozens of speeding fines and parking tickets while somehow managing to elude the law.

So effective was his modus operandi of giving a different address each time he was caught that by June 2007 there were more than 50 separate entries under his name, Prawo Jazdy, in the Garda Pulse system. And still not a single conviction.

In the end, the vital clue to his identity lay not with Interpol or the fingerprint database but in the pages of a Polish-English dictionary. Prawo jazdy means driving licence.
Hijack over,

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Wartrace, Tennessee.

I always read the name as Wart race. Some say it's supposed to be War trace. I say that's no fun.
My wife went to high school in Wartrace. And they jokingly called it Wart Race. And this is close to Bell Buckle Ė Also called Belt Buckle.
And I have been to Bucksnort, Tennessee.
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I've been to a town in Quebec called Asbestos. In spite of its name, it's quite safe, although the water smells like farts.
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