America’HIWAY AMERICA- the silliest town names: Keep driving through Elephant Butte and before long you will face Truth or Consequences

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America’HIWAY AMERICA-  the  silliest town names: Keep driving through Elephant Butte and before long you will face Truth or Consequences
  • The history behind some of America’s weird and unusual town names
  • Revealing it is possible to become a customer at Tightwad Bank in Tightwad

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:          23:59 EST, 6 April 2012       | UPDATED:          22:55 EST, 7 April 2012

From Pennyhill to Whynot passing through Lizard Lick on the way to Pig, America is full of funny and downright silly town names.

And behind every one of those strange names is the obscure story of how that place came to be known and in some cases celebrated by its residents.

Take the tiny hamlet of Tightwad for starters.

Very tight lender: The town of Tightwad, Missouri, famous for Tightwad Bank

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Very tight lender: The town of Tightwad, Missouri, famous for Tightwad Bank

With a population of 64, the small town southeast of Kansas City was named after the postmaster was cheated in a watermelon deal at the local store in the early 1990’s.

Simply out of spite, he took advantage of his privilege as town postmaster and renamed the town Tightwad.

Retaining that moniker to this day, the major attraction in the town is the humorously named Tightwad Bank, which is Federally insured and ironically classified as ‘well capitalised’.

No Name nowhere: Stuck between No Name Canyon and No Name Creek the residents of No Name are proud of their town's history

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No Name nowhere: Stuck between No Name Canyon and No Name Creek the residents of No Name are proud of their town’s history

However, if parsimonious town names don’t do it for you then why not take a stroll through No Name, Colorado, if you can find it.

Sandwiched conveniently between No Name Canyon and No Name Creek, the town with no name began after the major Interstate 70 was built.

An official with the Department of Transportation noticed that the area did not carry a sobriquet on the map and wrote ‘No Name’ for Exit 119.

Inspiring the local community with its absurdity the name stuck and when later the residents were offered the opportunity to change to a more traditional designation the community chose to remain nameless.

Elephant Butte: One of New Mexico's top tourist destinations is at the other end of the highway from Truth or Consequences

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Elephant Butte: One of New Mexico’s top tourist destinations is at the other end of the highway from Truth or Consequences

The plight of a nameless town in Colorado is brought into perspective when one is faced with a fork in the road that offers Truth or Consequences as one destination and Elephant Butte as the other.

Seemingly caught between a double dare or a herd of escaped circus performers you would be forgiven for scratching your head.

In fact the name Elephant Butte refers to a volcanic cone that slightly resembles the animal’s silhouette in the middle of a reservoir that is a favourite vacation spot in the state of New Mexico.

Goldrush town: Unable to spell the name of the local grouse that lives in the area the locals settled on Chicken instead

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Goldrush town: Unable to spell the name of the local grouse that lives in the area the locals settled on Chicken insteadd

If calling a town after a local landmark that slightly resembles an animal is one way of doing it then spare a thought for the Alaskan outpost of Chicken.

Populated by large numbers of the ptarmigan, which is a type of grouse, the gold-prospectors in the area wanted to name their new town after the bird.

However, because no one could agree on the correct spelling and to avoid ridicule the locals named their township Chicken instead.

One of the few remaining gold-rush towns in Alaska, Chicken has no phone service, no electricity and its population fluctuates between 17 and 37.

Staple diet: Named following a flood in the 1800's the rabbit hash was all you could eat in the town for years

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Staple diet: Named following a flood in the 1800’s the rabbit hash was all you could eat in the town for years

From too many birds to too many bunnies in the town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.

Named following an 1847 flood that washed everything in the town bar the prolific rabbit population away, the rebuilding residents had to dine on the floppy eared survivors for years afterwards.

So much so that they named their town after what had become their staple meal.

Nirmrod: The town's sign is bolted down to stop the repeated theft that kept on occuring

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Nirmrod: The town’s sign is bolted down to stop the repeated theft that kept on occuring

However, for sheer silliness the town of Nimrod, Oregon has it covered.

Named after a mighty biblical hunter, the town welcomes thousands of tourists each year looking to have their picture taken under the  welcome sign.

After many attempts to steal it Nimrodians have now taken to having their sign bolted down.

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3 responses »

  1. Thanks for a laugh. Did you ever hear a great Dave Van Ronk song called “Garden State Stomp”? The lyrics are simply the names of towns in New Jersey strung together (such as: Cheesequake, Waywayanda, and Bivalve). It’s a hoot.

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