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Offline Galloper

Place names
« on: February 28, 2011, 08:17:20 am »
One of the small pleasures of touring for me is coming across interesting place names.   Here are some of my favourites.   What are yours?

Mavis Enderby.   No, not a woman, a small village in Lincolnshire

Skirl Naked.   In the Cheviots where a group of rievers stopped to dry their plaids after crossing a river on a cattle raid into England and had their piper play reels so they danced to keep warm while their clothes dried.

Bloody Bush Edge.   Where the locals caught up with another rieving clan.

Beer.   A village in Devon

Christmas Pie.   A village in Surrey

Ysbyty Ystwyth.   A village that vowels forgot.  In Wales

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.   Longest place name I've ever visited.

Toller Porcorum.    A village in Dorset, Latin for Valley of the Pigs.   I suspect medieval realtors :)

What Cheer.   Iowa.   Must have been founded by a Geordie :)

Buggers Hollow.   Arkansas, istr.   Didn't stop.

Offline staehpj1

Re: Place names
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 09:04:06 am »
My favorite on the Trans America was Bumpass Virginia.

In Lancaster county PA there are some mildly amusing ones including, Blue Ball, Bird in Hand, Intercourse, Climax, and Paradise.

Offline litespeed

Re: Place names
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011, 11:33:09 am »
There is a teeny little town (maybe just a cluster of homes) in Idaho named Wilford. That is my last name. It's near Rexburg. I'll get there one of these days. I hope they have some sort of sign I can photograph.


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Re: Place names
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2011, 01:07:59 pm »
Plug this into Google Maps for one our local favorites: 44.188343,-72.099237.


Offline Westinghouse

Re: Place names
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2011, 01:33:18 pm »
Three towns in Pennsylvania.

1. Intercourse

2. Maidenhead?

3. Bird in the Hand

Offline johnsondasw

Re: Place names
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2011, 03:35:56 pm »
Lebam, WA.  I heard it was named for someone's girlfriend; her name was Mabel (spelled backwards is Lebam).
May the wind be at your back!

Offline alfonso

Re: Place names
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2011, 05:38:08 pm »
I have always loved Numbugga, in Australia's Great Dividing Range near the south coast of NSW.

Offline aggie

Re: Place names
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2011, 07:44:56 pm »
How about Toad Suck, Arkansas?  Did a double take when I saw it and took a picture of the highway sign.

Offline geegee

Re: Place names
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2011, 10:51:57 pm »
I cycled through a village in Slovakia called Horny Bar. There were no lewd townsfolk nor was there a place to get a drink. What a let down  ;D


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Re: Place names
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2011, 10:08:31 am »
King of Prussia, PA

Cheesequake, NJ

Indiana, PA, birthplace of Jimmy Stewart and home to a school with an identity crisis:  Indiana University of Pennsylvania

I cannot think of Stryker, MT without hearing Leslie Nielsen's voice saying "Striker."

And my personal favorite:  Hungry Horse, MT, "The Best Little Dam Town."