Right, and their full names are California University of Pennsylvania and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, but why go for the ambiguity? They didn’t have to name them after the towns. They could have given them more unique identifiers.
For that matter, why are there towns named California and Indiana in PA?
(says the person who grew up in Beaver Falls)
“Indiana” in Pennsylvania was founded in 1803; the state joined the Union in 1819. Both probably were named for the Indiana Territory. As for California, it was a fairly common name; IIRC, it was from a book. It’s just that the state became more prominent.
Not 100% relevant – but to get to my house from the expressway, you get off at a certain exit then follow the signs for Ridge Avenue East (and ignore those for Ridge Avenue West). Follow them around a huge loop, you’re actually on another road for a second, but you won’t get lost if you keep following the signs for Ridge Avenue East.
When you get to the spot where the ramp dead-ends at Ridge Avenue, you have two choices: left for Ridge Avenue North, or right for Ridge Avenue South.
Thank you! I do love this place. Ignorance fought.
For the record, although there may have been at one time, as far as I know there are no beavers in Beaver Falls, Beaver, or Big Beaver, PA. And since Sadie’s Restaurant closed, there is no longer a bill board on the turnpike (eastbound, just before exit 2) that reads “Eat at Sadie’s Big Beaver!”
– Speaking of Monster Island…Presque Isle, PA, which is a peninsula (of course, “Presque Isle” in French means “almost-island”, so it isn’t confusing in French.)
– Newport News always confused me as the name of a community rather than a business. (Of course, it’s not exactly a New Port now, either.)
– This happens a lot, but I-4 in Florida is technically an East-West road, although it goes at least as much north-south as east-west, and in Orlando proper, it goes directly north-south, so if you are on I-4 East you are going North.
– Greenland is less green than Iceland, which is less icy than Greenland.
– “Park” in the Rocky Mountain area (and for all I know the rest of the West) means or meant a flat land/meadow in the middle of the mountains. So Estes Park is a community near Rocky Mountain National Park, but is not a park itself. And within the RMNP there is a place called Moraine Park, which is not a park itself either, although located within a park.