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Top Ten List: Ten Most Humorous Town Names in the U.S.
Obscure Town Names
I recently traveled with my family to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, if you know what’s good for you; you’d better not refer to it as a state. While visiting my wife’s family and friends we were driving down the highway when we came across a town with a name so obscure that I absolutely had to stop and take a look around. I am now inspired to write a hub in honor of American towns with very unique names, some of them may surprise you; I know I was.
#10: Hopeulikit, Georgia
Hopeulikit, Georgia. The population and demographic information on Hopeulikit, Georgia is unavailable due to the fact that the U.S. Census doesn’t survey unincorporated townships. Then name comes from a dancehall built in the 1920’s.
#9: New Erection, Virginia
Number 9: New Erection, Virginia. This town is located to the west of the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia; however, I couldn’t find enough information to relay the origins of the town.
#8: Intercourse, Pennsylvania
Intercourse, Pennsylvania. This town is located in southeast Pennsylvania in the middle of Amish country; it has a population estimated at 1500 people. The name apparently comes from the fact that, in its early days, the town lay at a cross roads of two roads, but instead of referring to it as an intersection they referred to it as an intercourse.
#7: Goose Egg, Wyoming
Goose Egg, Wyoming. This town is to the southwest of Wyoming’s second largest town, yes I meant town, Casper. The town gets its name from the nearby Goose Egg Ranch.
#6: Hungry Horse, Montana
Hungry Horse, Montana. This city lies between the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park; it appears to be most notable for a gift shop renowned for its Huckleberry products. The town has a population of around 900 people, and lies just downstream from the waters flowing from Hungry Horse Reservoir. Which came first…the town or the reservoir? Good question, if you can find it let me know.
#5: Buttzville, New Jersey
#4: Toad Suck, Arkansas
Toad Suck, Arkansas. An unincorporated portion of central Arkansas, whose name comes from the times when vessels up and the Arkansas River would have to stop for a spell at that location. The rumor is that the men from the boats would drink so much the locals said they “stuck in the bottle so they swell up like toads.
#3: Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Located in the southwest corner of New Mexico, Truth or Consequences has a population of around 6,500 people. The town got its name after the host of the 1950’s game show of the same name promised to host an episode in the first town that changed their name accordingly; the former name of Hot Springs was dropped and the new name incorporated.
#2: Humptulips, Washington
Humptulips, Washington. This town is located on the west coast of the state of Washington and has a population of around 250. The name comes from local Indian language, translated as “hard to pole” it’s believed that the name came about from the difficulty encountered by Indians when trying to pole the local river.
#1: Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky
Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky. Yes this is town that I am referring to in the introduction to this hub. Since the region is unincorporated there is no available census data but the story for the origin of the name is believed to be the fact that the map of the county resembles a monkey’s head; the town occupies the space on the map where the monkey’s eyebrow would be.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading this hub as much as I had in assembling the list. Some of the names on the list certainly make a person chuckle, knowing the origin only adds to the humor of some of the towns.
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