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Place names in Texas

Category: Serendipity | Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2022 2:19 pm

Texas is peppered with small towns, many with, shall we say, unique names.
Near us there is a two street town called Elk. Elk are not indigenous to Texas.
There is another itty-bitty town called Blanket. Blankets are occasionally needed in Texas, so that name makes a bit more sense.
Then there are the hopeful names. Eden, which isn't. Utopia, which definitely isn't. A less hopeful name is Hell. Probably an apt name.
There are some very obvious names, too. Del Rio (Spanish for "of the river). Since it is located smack dab on the Rio Grande, no one had to think long and hard to come up with that name.
Some towns are named after people. Otto, near us, perhaps named after Von Bismark? And Fredricksburg, named after the German baron who reduced the excess population by shipping them to Texas.
Road trips around Texas are made more interesting just by reading the roadside signs. "6 miles to Hell." That'll make you think.

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Sjoerd wrote on Sat Oct 22, 2022 2:29 pm:

Place names in ANY country can make you scratch your head sometimes I think. Having travelled extensively in the US, I can tell you that TX does not have the market cornered on place names that make you blink.
Still, I thought this piece of yours was a guddun’. Muchas gracias.

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