Crazy Texas Town Names

I've been writing a lot of Texas-based hubs lately and fellow hubber Maggs224 commented about how interesting her and her family found the town names when she had last visited Texas and the United States. That got me to thinking about all of the unusual name we have right here in Texas.

I'm assembled quite a few of the ones I found particularly interesting and attempted to do a little research on some of them to see where the town name came from. As you imagine, when you have a state as large as Texas, it can become difficult trying to avoid duplicates for postal code reasons. Many applications were rejected for names being too similar to other names. Often towns ending up just picking something when all their first choices were taken. It was very common for the town to be named after the postmaster himself.

When I could, I have given you some information either in the form of a comment or a link so that you can learn more about these towns. Many of them are now ghost towns.

 

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The South Central Texas Region

Austin County

  • Cat Spring
  • Welcome

Caldwell County

  • Stairtown

Colorado County

  • Nada (a variation of Nadja, a Czech word for Hope)

DeWitt County

  • Golly

Fayette County

  • Cistern
  • Plum

Gonzales County

  • Nickel
  • Cheapside
  • Cost (town closest to where the first shot was fired in the Texas Revolution in October 1835)
  • Smiley

Guadalupe County

  • Concrete

Lavaca County

  • Speaks
  • Sweet Home (bet you thought it was in Alabama)

Lee County

  • Dime Box

Live Oak County

  • Cuba

Milam County

  • Big Lump (a coal mining town named after the big lumps of coal found there)
  • Elevation
  • Nashville (immediately after the Texas Revolution it was considered as a possible site to serve as the capital of the Republic of Texas)

Washington County

  • Earlywine

 

More North Central Texas Region

Montague County

  • Illinois Bend

Navarro County

  • Alligator School House
  • Babylon

Parker County

  • Cool
  • Dicey (named after a woman whose first name was Dicey)
  • Toto

Somervell County

  • Nemo (the original name of Johnson Station was rejected by the post office. A Latin-speaking citizen suggested "Nemo" for "no man")
  • Rainbow (when the town gathered to name it, a storm broke out that was followed by the most beautiful rainbow)

Wise County

  • Paradise

Young

  • Loving

The North Central Texas Region

Bell County

  • Alligator
  • Ding Dong ( I love that Ding Dong is in Bell County. Click here to see how Ding Dong got it's name)
  • Echo

Clay County

  • Jolly

Collin County

  • Frognot (a local gentlemen collected ceramic frogs, you've heard of what-nots, right? Frognots)
  • Nevada
  • Prosper
  • Squeezepenny

Comanche County

  • Energy

Coryell County

  • Bee House
  • Pancake (population was 11 in 2000, guess an IHOP won't be sprouting up there anytime soon)
  • Pearl
  • Topsey (named after a mule)

Delta County

  • Granny's Neck (named after a woman everyone called Granny who raised goats on a little neck of a piece of land that led down to the river)

Denton County

  • Drop (when they applied for a zip code, they had requested "Dewdrop" but since Dew was already a Texas postal area, their application was rejected. They dropped the 'dew' and simply went for Drop)

Ellis County

  • Crisp (named after a Speaker of the House, but also the birthplace of country legend Ernest Tubb)
  • India
  • Italy

Falls County

  • Spunky Flat
  • Stranger

Fannin County

  • Bug Tussle ( there are three explanations for this town name and they all involve watching bugs 'fight')
  • Telephone

Freestone County

  • Dew (the town that knocked "Dewdrop" down to "Drop")

Grayson County

  • Toadsuck (named after the local saloon by the same name, which refers to drinking so much until one swells up like a toad)

Hamilton County

  • Fairy
  • Ohio

Johnson County

  • Bono
  • Venus

Kaufman County

  • Frog

Lamar County

  • Broadway
  • Paris

Limestone County

  • Odds

McLennan County

  • Tokio

Baby Head, Texas
Baby Head, Texas

The Texas Hill Country Region

Anderson County

  • Tennessee Colony

Angelina County

  • Cheeseland (named after one of the store's best selling products)

Bandera County

  • Tuff

Blanco County

  • Twin Sisters (named for a pair of hills in the area)

Brown County

  • Bangs

Burnet County

  • Oatmeal

Cass County

  • Atlanta
  • Bogus Springs
  • Queen City
  • Rambo

Cherokee County

  • Java

Cherokee County

  • Weeping Mary

Coleman County

  • Rock Crusher

Delta County

  • Jot 'Em Down (named after the store in the 30s and 40s radio program Lum and Abner)

Gulf Coast County

  • China

Hardin County

  • Sour Lake

Harrison County

Henderson County

  • Athens
  • Catfish
  • Gun Barrel City
  • Tool

Hopkins County

  • Twin Groceries (yup, they had two stores)
  • Who'd Thought It

Jasper County

  • Beans Place

Kimble County

  • London
  • Telegraph

Llano County

  • Baby Head (named after Indian's found a baby's skull in the area)
  • Click
  • Tow

Marion County

  • Comet

Mason County

  • Grit

McCulloch County

  • West Sweden

Medina County

  • Fly

Medina County

  • Zigzag (named after the many turns to get to the town)

Mills County

  • Democrat

Montgomery County

  • Cut and Shoot (legend has it that the town was arguing and a young boy said he was going to "cut around the corner and shoot through the bushes")
  • Stagecoach

Morris County

  • Omaha

Nacogdoches County

  • Looneyville

Newton County

  • Quicksand

Panola County

  • Fair Play (a traveler had commented on how well he was treated while visiting, the postmaster included this in his comments when applying for the town name)

Polk County

  • Asia
  • Moscow
  • Pluck

Red River County

  • Cuthand (named after an Indian who had lost 3 fingers in a sword slash)
  • Detroit
  • Dimple
  • Scrap

Rusk County

  • Chickenfeather (named after the evidence left behind from some boys who stole some chickens)

Sabine County

  • Shacklefoot

San Augustine County

  • Black Ankle

San Jacinto County

  • Point Blank

Shelby County

  • Bobo

Smith County

  • Blackjack
  • Burning Bush
  • Noonday
  • Omen
  • Universe

Titus County

  • Presley

Travis County

  • Guy Town
  • Nameless
  • New Sweden
  • Jollyville

Upshur County

  • Big Sandy
  • Coffeeville

Uvalde County

  • The Ditch
  • Exile

Van Zandt County

  • Little Hope

Walker County

  • Dodge

Williamson County

  • Bagdad
  • Beaukiss
  • Structure
  • Waterloo

Wood County

  • Coke
  • Mutt and Jeff
  • Quitman

The South Texas Region

Atascosa County

  • Ditto

Bexar County

  • Cementville

Duval County

  • Concepcion
  • San Diego
  • Sweden

Frio County

  • Bigfoot

Goliad County

  • Cologne

Hidalgo County

  • Doolittle
  • Scissors

Karnes County

  • Harmony

La Salle County

  • Dull

Live Oak County

  • Cuba
  • Kittie
  • Swinney Switch

Webb County

  • Cactus

The Texas Panhandle Region

Archer County

  • Scotland

Armstrong County

  • Goodnight

Bailey County

  • Circle Back
  • Muleshoe

Briscoe County

  • Gasoline

Brown County

  • Blanket (surveyors in the area named it Blanket after some Tonkawa Indians in the area that had draped their blanets over some bushes)
  • Early

Callahan County

  • Dressy

Castro County

  • Nazareth

Concho County

  • Eden (town motto of "Experience the Blessings" and a logo of an apple with one bite out of it)

Dawson County

  • Chicago

Eastland County

  • Kokomo
  • Okra

Floyd County

  • Gray Mule

Hardeman County

  • Medicine Mound

Hemphill County

  • Canadian

Hutchinson County

  • Electric City

Jones County

  • Noodle
  • Tuxedo

Knox County

Lamb County

  • Earth

Lubbock County

  • New Deal

Roberts County

  • Miami

Shackelford County

  • Albany

Stonewall County

  • Big Stinking Creek (the local stream is fed by sulphur springs, if you've ever smelled sulphur, you'll understand this one)
  • Old Glory

Swisher County

  • Happy

Taylor County

  • Impact (click to read the interesting story of how this town fought to remain a town and why)

Terry County

  • Needmore

Tom Green County

  • Knickerbocker
  • Veribest

Wheeler County

  • Twitty

Young County

  • Gooseneck

The Texas Gulf Coast Region

Calhoun County

  • Point Comfort

Fort Bend County

  • Diddy Wa Diddy

Galveston County

  • Jamaica Beach

Harris County

  • Lily White
  • Podunk (and their basketball team is called the Podunk Skunks)

Jefferson County

  • China
  • Meeker

Matagorda County

  • Manhattan

San Patricio County

  • Meansville

Victoria County

  • Nursery (named after a fruit tree nursery that planted its roots there in 1882)
  • Raisin (named after a local man who had tried and failed at growing grapes)

Wharton County

  • Egypt
  • Magnet (since the county seat was dry (no alcohol), Magnet thought it would draw a lot of business to it's saloons)
 

 

The West Texas Region

Culberson County

  • Nickel Creek

Ector County

  • Notrees (I'm thinking this is no surprise to anyone...it's in West Texas)

Jeff Davis County

  • Valentine

Martin County

  • Tarzan

Reagan County

  • Best

Reeves County

  • Dixieland

Ward County

  • Royalty

Winkler County

  • Kermit
  • Wink

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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Oh my, where should I begin? Okay, here we go...

Funniest:

Podunk ('Dem Podunk Skunks stink!)

Earlywine (Sounds like you got kids)

Big Lump (Payment for coming home late?)

Tool (Too funny!)

Looneyville (Their music's called a "Looney Tune")

My favorite town has got to be Elevation. Just amazing.

Thanks for this Big Country! A very fun read!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I had fun with it, Dohn, but it was going to be too long if I kept looking up info on each one. I'm glad you enjoyed it too!


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Texas is big! I t sounds as if random chance had a lot to do with naming some of these (why isn't there one called Random Chance?) Funny stuff!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Teresa! I have a funny story about "Chance". Along I-35 on the way to Dallas, Texas there are a series of properties with each of them having a large ornamental gate. Above each gate are the words "Fat Chance", "2nd Chance" and "Slim Chance". A friend of mine stopped at one of the houses once to inquire about a motor home they had for sale and asked about the signs. Turns out it is three brothers with the last name "Chance". LOL Perhaps if they had additional brothers, they could be "No Chance" and "Random Chance". LOL


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

KCC, I was reading this to my husband and we were laughing...what great names. Years ago during the US bincentenial, they ran a commercial on TV that featured Henry Fonda reading names of towns across America - pure poetry. Boy, you had to get out the hanky, it was so beautiful, I wept everytime I heard it and would love to hear it again.


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John Chancellor 7 years ago from Tennessee

Surely there must be a good story behind "Mutt and Jeff".

Very interesting. Some of those names were obviously three tequila names.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Sounds like a great commercial Dolores! Maybe you can find it on YouTube?

John: I know what you mean about the tequila! LOL There are some pretty good stories behind some of the ones I included but some of them were found in the same place as others and you can't link more than once to the same site without seeming too overpromotional. So, I added things where I could, and linked on others. To give full explanations on all of them would be too long. Hopefully, this was enough info to be entertaining. Thanks for stopping by!


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artrush73 7 years ago

Hi there, very interesting hubs :). There are really cool names of towns. I like Babylon, sounds really cool.

Great Hub!


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MatthewLee293 7 years ago

My personal favorite is Cool, TX on the way to Possum Kingdom from Ft. Worth.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed them, Artrush73!

Cool, is pretty cool, isn't it, Matthew?! Which, I doubt it's very cool there today, right? LOL Thanks for stopping by, Matthew!


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Montana Farm Girl 7 years ago from Northwestern Montana

Montana is BIG too... with little people! Now, you got me pondering...I'm going to start looking at the unusual names here as well! Loved reading all the names...GREAT HUB!!!! I think I would love to live in the town called 'HAPPY'.... what a place to wake up in every morning!!! :-)


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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

Love it...

I drive past Tightwad, MO on occasion, always makes me smile!

One thing for sure about these small, odd-named towns....

don't speed while passing through!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

That's the thing, Montana Farm Girl, each of you can do your state! It would make for some fun reading. If you (or anyone else) do/does one then let me know and I'll add a link here! I'd love to hear about other names in other states!

Tightwad...I love it, ELisabethkcmo! I think you're right, it does make you slow down...and enjoy things a bit more when you see these.

Thanks for stopping by ladies!


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

Loved the hub, loved the song but you are going to have to stop writing such interesting hubs or I will never get anything done. I must have been on this page well over an hour following the links.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL....well, it took me a number of hours to research it and write it (two nights)! and that, my dear, was all YOUR fault for bringing it up the other night. I was having trouble scaling it down and not duplicating any sources. I looked up all but a handful of the names one by one and read their stories. So many of them were postmaster's last names and that's just boring. LOL


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Plants and Oils 7 years ago from England

How wonderful this list is, thank you!

"Cheapside" isn't crazy, though. You'll find similar names all over England, such as Cheapside in London, and Chipstead in Surrey.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Plants and Oils! You're right. It's very common for places here to actually be named after places in England and Europe.


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Plants and Oils 7 years ago from England

"Cheap" or "Chip" comes from the very old English word for "market" or "market place", which is why it's so common.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

How cool...I learned something new! Thanks Plants and Oils!


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Plants and Oils 7 years ago from England

I have found this information for you:

"Cheapside is a common English street name, meaning "market-place", from Old English ceapan, 'to buy' (cf. German kaufen, Dutch kopen), whence also chapman and chapbook. There is originally no connection to the modern meaning of cheap ('low price', a shortening of good ceap, 'good buy'), though by the 18th century this association may have begun to be inferred.

Other cities and towns in England that have a Cheapside street include Barnsley, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Derby, Halifax, Lancaster, Leicester, Luton, Manchester, Nottingham, Reading, and Ascot. There is also a Cheapside in the Capital City of Barbados, Bridgetown and in London, Ontario, Canada."


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Wow...you did a lot of research! A few more paragraphs and you'd have a hub! If you want, I can unapprove your message and you can make a hub out of it and I'll post a link here. :)


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Plants and Oils 7 years ago from England

I may do - no need to delete though lol


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Cool...if you do, just let me know and I'll post a link here.


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Tesa Adams 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

I knew about some of these through some of my travels in the State but I hadn't heard of a bunch of them. How fun. Thank you, it will give me something to talk to the gang about on our next road trip (This coming Tues).


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

That'll be fun, Tesa! Maybe you can look for more fun ones and come back and write a hub about it! Send me the link if you do and I'll post it here!


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johnb0127 7 years ago from TX

I have been/driven to/through many of these towns. All small towns in Texas hold so much history, its just amazing. Texas sure is a great place with some dang weird town names! Great read-


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks John. I've been to/through some of them, but not all. I really need to get out more. LOL


BookFlame 6 years ago

Man, you've got the Lone Star state covered! You've made an industry of it too! Congrats!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks BookFlame....I tried to get some from all over. There are so many more I didn't include that I could have.


Ron 6 years ago

I love the old Bluebell ice cream commercial in which the guy says "We named our town Needmore 'cause we need more Bluebell snacks!"


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL...."we all we can and we sell the rest". That's such a great slogan too. Thanks Ron!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Great hub. Toadsuck is my favorite!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Truckstop Sally! There are too many that I like to choose just one. It was a fun hub to assemble.


West of West 5 years ago

Cool list. I grew up in Tokio in McLennan County and my family still lives there. Though, it's not really a town, but more of a community.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

I'm very familiar with Tokio, Texas. The tornado they had in 2003 was devasting to that community. There is a tower there that still stands today that is twisted and bent from that tornado. I look at it every time I pass there.


West of West 5 years ago

Yep, I grew up in the shadow of that tower... just down the road (towards Tokio) from the water tanks. My parents house was hit by that tornado right before it twisted that tower into a heap of metal.


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas Author

Oh wow. I hate to hear their house was hit. I'm assuming everyone was ok. Thank goodness. That's a tornado I won't ever forget. My kids were home with a teenage babysitter while we and 2 other couples went out to eat. I got a frantic call from my mother on my cellphone. She had already called the house and panicked the kids. She wanted me to get home right away. She really scared the kids. I felt so bad knowing they were home with a sitter and I was 30 minutes away. We did make it home in the storm and the kids were very glad to see us. We did have some damage to trees and things, but it came through the northern end of our property away from the house.


West of West 5 years ago

Yep, everyone was okay. Did some damage to the house and leveled the shop in the back. I drove up the next day (I live 100 miles south) and was shocked by all damage in the area.


countrygirl 4 years ago

Just saying I think some funny town names are; Converse,Schumansville, Geronimo, and Schertz which are all close to San Antonio but tiny towns :)


Jo 4 years ago

I live in ding dong Texas its just a small place!!! There's no stores it's just got a volunteer fire station and a gas station on the way. U won't know your in ding dong anymore because people keep steeling the sign. Who wouldn't? Haha such a friendly place to live!!!


Leon 4 years ago

Unless I missed them, how about Turkey Crossing in northeast Texas, Dime Box in central Texas, Telephone and Wink in west Texas. In addition, Sacul is Lucas spelled backwards and Reklaw is Walker spelled backwards. I used to live in Texas and I've been through the ones I mentioned.

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