Think you live in a Town with a Weird Name – Check these out! People make weird decisions about the names they give towns. Back in the day these names may have made sense, but now…
Here we go:
- Booger Hollow, Arkansas – Believe it or not this town used to be a tourist stop on Scenic Route 7 in Pope County Arkansas. And it had a population of (get this) 7, counting one coon dog! It was on the map for tourist because it had a double-decker outhouse (I kid you not). Don’t Believe me, find the image to the right. It is now a ghost town and is private property so you have to get permission to see it.
- Beaver Lick, Kentucky – Located in Boone County Kentucky. The Postal Service was recognized here in 1843. The town changed the name three times (why I don’t know) Beaver Lick, Beaverlick (one word), and Beaver-Lick (with hyphen).“Beaver Lick is one of the most quiet villages on earth, especially on the Sabbath, though two shops are dealing out the deadly drug on week days. Thanks be to God and honor to the proprietors, not one drop is sold here on Sunday. We owe it to William Rex Robinson, who came and lectured to us until with tears in their eyes proprietors of liquor promised him they’d vend no more on Sunday.” From Covington’s Daily Commonwealth, September 16, 1879.
- Cooter, Missouri – Located in Pemiscot County Missouri got its name in 1854 from the Coutre family who emigrated from France. It has a population of 469 and its own Cooter High School. The total area of this Cooter is .3 square miles and has a total of 191 houses located all around Cooter. They do have one claim to fame, Marvin Childers, member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Blytheville, Arkansas, from 2001 to 2006; lawyer and poultry industry lobbyist in Little Rock; reared on a diversified farm near Cooter.
- Nimrod, Minnesota – Located in Wadena County, Nimrod has a population of 69! Nimrod was incorporated as a city in 1946. The town is named after the Biblical Nimrod (which one I’m not sure). Oddly enough this is about all the information I could find about this Nimrod.
- Meat Camp, North Carolina – Located in Watauga County, Meat Camp was first settled in 1799. It got its name from the cabin in which the old hunters stored their meat and hides when on hunts in this region. It stood in a rocky patch just above the bend of Moretz’s mill pond, the foundation of the old chimney still showing above ground. It was this camp and the use to which it was put as a sort of primitive packing house that gave the name of Meat Camp.
- Ding Dong, Texas – Located in Bell county (which can be ironic depending on how you take the name), Din Dong has a population of 20. The county itself is named after Zulis and Bert Bell who settled here in the 1930’s. The name Ding Dong came from a painter who was hired to paint bells on the side of the store that they owned. There is a saying there, “If you find yourself in Ding Dong you were bound to be looking for it”.
- Dry Prong, Louisiana – Located in Grant Parish, Dry Prong has a population of 417. It was incorporated into a village in 1945. According to tradition, the village received its name when a family moved to the region in the 1870s to build a sawmill. To power the mill, they built a water wheel, only to discover that the creek over which they had built it went dry every summer: the creek was a “dry prong”.
- Hellhole Palms, California – Hellhole Palms is located in San Diego County. Hellhole Palms is the site of a grove of California fan palms in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It is also the site of Maidenhair Falls, a popular hiking destination. No one actually lives there although Hellhole is a tourist destination.
- Bald Knob, Arkansas – Located in White County, Bald Knob has a population of 2897 and is promoted to be “Where the Ozarks meet the Delta”. One point of interest in Bald Knob is Arkansas Traveler Hobbies, which is housed in the old Missouri Pacific Railroad depot at 400 E. Market Street. Antique passenger cars and an antique caboose are housed on the grounds and currently being restored. The hobby shop also houses a museum which chronicles the history of Bald Knob, the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and White County. Another attraction is the historic Knob Field, located just east of the Big Bald Knob Park (OK, that one made me laugh).
- Intercourse, Pennsylvania – Located in Eastern Lancaster County in the “Heart of Amish Country”. You know I could sit here all day and tell you about Intercourse, but instead I will just put up a link that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Intercourse! http://lancasterpa.com/intercourse/