There are some…ahem, interesting…town names in the U.S.
From Possum Trot to Spread Eagle, the settlers were certainly very original when it came time to decide on a name for the new place to call home.
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This slideshow looks a little deeper into strange town names, past the Borings and the Ordinarys and the sexual innuendos. And it doesn’t even touch on foods–Boogertown, Hot Coffee, Cheesequake… But what follows are truly some of the most strange town names in the country.
Sorry, Canada. Yes, Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is a winner, but not in the U.S.
Toad Suck, AR
It could be that the local rivermen would suck on the bottle until they swelled up like toads. Or it could be a corruption of a French phrase meaning narrow channel. Either way, Toad Suck is one of the best named in the U.S. Map
In what is possibly the only town named after a proverb, Bird-in-Hand was in large part responsible for the interest in Dutch Pennsylvania tourism. Map
It’s as if the town wanted nothing to do whatsoever with Alaska. “We’re so not Alaska, that we are Unalaska!” Map
It’s like Santa stubbed his toe. Since no one else can agree about the origin of the name, this is probably the correct one. Map
Truth or Consequences, NM
Truth or Consequences is noted for its hot springs. It’s also home to the world’s first commercial spaceport. Map
You know you’re chuckling to yourself right now. Humptulips. How could you not? It apparently means that the local river is hard to boat. Uh-huh. Map
What Cheer, IA
In possibly the only instance of a sarcastic town name, What Cheer has to be even worse than Boring, OR. The town is a perfect rectangle, after all. What cheer. Map
Alas, like Big Rock Candy Mountain, VT, Whiskeytown does not live up to its name: There’s very little whiskey to be found in this national recreational area. Map
Zzyzx has also had the unique privilege of being called Camp Soda. It was given its present name in 1944 by a businessman who claimed it was the last word in the English language. Map
Total Wreck, AZ
It’s a ghost town now, but Total Wreck was once a booming town of five saloons, three general stores and six Chinese laundries. Map
Monkey's Eyebrow, KY
Surprisingly, there are two towns named Monkey’s Eyebrow in the U.S. One in Kentucky and another in Arizona. Originally, the town in Kentucky was divided into two: Old Monkey and New Monkey. Map
Cut and Shoot, TX
Like any good Old West town, Cut and Shoot got its name from a boy who was offering up a tactical advantage to a group who was arguing over which denominations could use the local church. Map
Ding Dong, TX
As if it could get any better, Ding Dong is located in Bell County. Apparently, a local painter wrote the words “ding dong” coming out of a picture of bells and as the community grew, the name stuck. Map
Santa Clause, IN
You certainly don’t expect to see a town named Santa Clause in the nowhere-near-the-North-Pole Indiana, but settlers are funny people. Map
El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles, CA
El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles has since been shortened to the name the city is more commonly known as: Los Angeles. Once upon a time, however, this mouthful was its official name. Map
Lake Chaubunagungamaugg, MA
Ok, so it’s not a town, but come on, Lake Chaubunagungamaugg? How are you not going to include a name like that on this list? This unofficially translates as, “You fish on your side, I’ll fish on my side, and nobody fishes in the middle”. Map