Destinations: Bikinis Texas and Intercourse Pennsylvania
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For the Weekly Topic to review a destination, I Cyber searched the Internet and found two towns with very peculiar names - Bikinis, Texas and Intercourse, Pennsylvania. I chose to review these towns because I knew it would be fun to write and of my disbelief that you can have town names that cause such a controversial. All I have to say is Bikinis, Kilts and Intercourse - oh my!
At the end of the article I will rate the town names based on the virtual research performed to complete this article.
Down in Texas there are bikinis. There are probably several millions of bikinis in Texas but the one that picked my interest is not a two piece bathing suit or the bikini bottom that shapes from the map above but rather a town called Bikinis. If you drew a horizontal line across Texas from the East coast to the West coast, the town Bikinis is located about the middle of the state just under the horizontal line.
Once known as BankerSmith, Texas, named after the founder who happen to be a banker and his name was Temple D. Smith, is now a town with a swim suit name and instant images of the town itself. Back in 1913 when San Antonio and Fredericksburg were founded, the terrain was so rough that it necessitated a railroad and tunnel to be built connecting the two towns. Mr. Smith (in favor of building a railroad) was the president of the first bank in Fredericksburg's and therefore was able to fund the new path.
BankerSmith Tunnel and Bikins Website
As the railroad completed in the 1920s the town grew and a post office was built. The town thrived on railroad business but soon fell to other larger towns paying a higher wage to railroad workers. The people began leaving BankerSmith for better work and by the time the 1940s came around, the railroad was broke and the post office closed. The town eventually closed down until Doug Guller - CEO of ATX Brands, LLC purchased the town and renamed it Bikinis. Doug has indicated, in several press releases, that he decided to name the town after the company that made him his first million - Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill.
Bikinis is located about 10 miles south of Fredericksburg and six miles south west of Luckenbach. If you drew lines that connected all three towns would would see the shape of the front of a bikini bottom. In 2012, Doug was able to purchase the ghost town in Kendall county Texas from Craigslist and has turned it into a country party like destination with the opening of the Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill.
YouTube - Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill
When I moved to Pennsylvania in 2000 I was introduced to self service gas stations, liqueur stores that do not sell beer, roads that have both a number and a name, and a town called Intercourse. I had begun to question if I made the correct choice in states moving from New Jersey.
Intercourse, Pennsylvania is located in Lancaster county about 10 miles east of route 340. As you can imagine, Intercourse is a popular tourist attraction in PA but not only because of the name. This town is located in the heart of Amish country and people travel there for both the town name and to see how the Amish live. The town, originally called Cross Keys, was renamed Intercourse in 1814. Perhaps there was a great baby boom that year and that is the reason for the new name. The truth be told is that no one is certain on how the name became what it is today but that is no longer important.
Vist Intercourse and Eat and Shop
- You searched for intercourse - LancasterPA.com
- Intercourse PA Merchants Association - Shopping - Tourism - Restaurants
Intercourse PA Merchants Association listings for shopping, tourism, restaurants, lodging, retail, information.
Intercourse is well worth the experience (sorry - just having fun) to visit a way of life as the Amish live. The country side is beautiful especially when taken by horse and buggy, the food is from local farming and is fantastic, and the shops are amazing. Besides, where else can you get cut off by a horse and buggy that zips out from a dirt road (this actually happened when traveling for ice hockey).
Amish and Intercourse
What is the strangest city or town name that you have come across ?
Visiting Bikinis and Intercourse
Based on this review, are you like to visit ?
Rating The Towns
While I live in the state of Pennsylvania and love the state of Texas it is difficult to rate only one of these towns so I will rate both and provide an average for the ratings capsule.
Bikinis, Texas - I guess it is true that suggestive marketing works well especially when the economy is not so strong. The sin funds are usually strong in weak times but liqueur, tobacco and sex has a way shining strong in those times. Credit a millionaire for his creativity in making money and generating jobs in a ghost town. He took an idea and again will make millions of dollars with a simple concept. four of five bikini bottoms.
Intercourse, Pennsylvania - If you think this town name is good then you should read some of the adjacent town names. Just as names attract a ton of attention, especially when using sexual themes, so do the Amish. Here we have a great piece of history and a great culture doing things the way our fore fathers and mother did. four of five erotic film awards.
Winner - While both places reach opposite sides of the spectrum, I rated these places a tie. I think there are places for both towns in this diverse multiple cultured world we live in and I do not think either one should be judged over the other. What say you?
Multiple Person Rating
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