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Quirkiness in every US State - Name that City

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Name that City, Village or Town

Your Weird Hometown

Ask anyone to name the quirkiest city in America and you might hear New Orleans, Key West, New York or even Austin, TX or Portland, OR -- as the latter two have the word "weird" in their town mottos.

But, let's face it, quirkiness or weirdness is in the "eye of the beholder", and you can find examples in every state of the United States.

In addition to the map above, here are a few to consider:

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico - Originally called Hot Springs, the town renamed itself after a popular 1950's NBC Radio host Ralph Edwards challenged American cities to rename themselves after his quiz show.

From Intercourse, Pennsylvania to Buttzville, New Jersey (founded in 1839 by Michael Robert Buttz, who must surely have been bullied in school, even back then), there are hundreds of small villages, settlements and even ghost towns throughout our USA with names that will make you stop and ponder, "why would someone name their town that"?

Here are a few more to consider before you comment on my post and share some more stories of some you know!

Goat City, Tennessee - I was unable to get any information on this city, other than it exists.  Why?  We will never know, and the goats are not saying anything at all!

Spunky Puddle, Ohio -- a ghost town, meaning no one lives here anymore.

Swede Heaven, Washington -- It is unclear whether this community is a heaven for Scandinavians or Sweet Potatoes.

Booger Hole, West Virginia -- Here is a Fun Fact (although untrue per Wikipedia). Supposedly after a spate of about a dozen murders in the area, it is claimed that this town was named after the Boogeyman.

Hopeulikit, Georgia ... Once upon a time there was a popular dancehall here with the same name (and that's "like" not "lick", because Georgia is a God-fearing state).

Okay, your turn!

Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Hot enough for ya?

I used to live in eastern Pennsylvania.  I remember a road sign that read, "the road to Paradise is through Intercourse".  Both are in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania about 3 miles apart (not far from Blue Ball, Pennsylvania)

As an adolescent, I found all of that incredibly humorous.  Still do.

Jul 20, 2023 04:14 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Best comment!! That is hilarious, Alan May!!

Jul 24, 2023 11:22 PM
Alan May

I do, too.  I think I may have missed an opportunity there.

Jul 22, 2023 07:09 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Hi Alan May ... I see the humor and actually was going to include some of those examples!  Too funny!  Hope all is well.  Have not seen you in quite a while.  Still think about that A-Frame!

Jul 21, 2023 10:12 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Diana- I've never heard of Ding Dong, TX!!! My sister-in-law lives in Peculiar, MO!!!!

Jul 20, 2023 04:20 PM
Diana Dahlberg

When we stop to think about the cities we've driven through during our travels it can become quite the conversational piece!  But I have never been through Ding Dong, TX!  Ha Ha Thanks for commenting Kathy Streib 

Jul 21, 2023 10:13 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Diana,

What a fun post! I have never heard of Ding Dong TX either! I'm still chuckling about Alan May's comment! My brother lives in PA and wonder if he's heard of the town! LOL! 

Jul 20, 2023 04:50 PM
Diana Dahlberg

There really are so many quirky names and to look them up and find out a little history can be hilarious!  Texas seems to have a good sense of humor Dorie Dillard Austin TX and they have "Weird" in their name!

Jul 21, 2023 10:16 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Dorie Dillard Austin TX  I actually drove through that town in PA:))) yes it really exists Endre

Jul 20, 2023 10:01 PM
Diana Dahlberg

There are so many!  When traveling with family, it can become a fun adventure when you are looking for funny / weird / quirky city names!

Jul 21, 2023 10:20 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Diana, sorry I could not help myself now with that said here close to Los Angeles we have Tarzana:) or if you prefer further away in California we have Death Valley:) where do you prefer to relocate to?:))Endre

Jul 20, 2023 10:03 PM
Diana Dahlberg

If  my name was Jane I would definitely choose "Tarzana" ... Death Valley on the other hand would be a NO for me ... ha ha ha! How about you Endre Barath, Jr. 

Jul 21, 2023 10:22 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Those are definitely some unique names! I don't have any crazy stories of town names, but loved reading the ones above.

Jul 21, 2023 04:44 AM
Diana Dahlberg

It was Just for Fun and I'm glad you enjoyed reading my blog Kat Palmiotti 

Jul 21, 2023 10:22 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a fun post, Diana. The only one I had heard of previously was Intercourse, Pennsylvania. Some of these are a total hoot!

Jul 21, 2023 05:35 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Nina Hollander, Broker there were a few I chose not to share just because they were over the top for me (ha ha) ... but it was fun researching a bunch of different areas.

Jul 21, 2023 10:23 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There is definitely some quirkiness in each and every state!  I have not heard of "Why" in Arizona, but I have driven past Nothing, Arizona, haha.

Jul 21, 2023 05:57 AM
Brian England

I am very familiar with Tombstone and a big fan of the tales of Doc Holiday and Wyatt Earp Diana Dahlberg 

Jul 21, 2023 02:20 PM
Diana Dahlberg

You also have Tombstone, AZ -- which is a historic town famous for silver mining and it's the site of one of the  most famous incidents of the American Wild West: the shootout at the O.K. Corral.   A great place to take pictures Brian England 

Jul 21, 2023 10:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Diana - in real estate, I have heard clients say they weren't going to make an offer on a property for sale because of a too-quirky street name.  I am sure it must be true for some cities/towns too.  Thanks for sharing these - some I knew but most are new-to-me.  

Jul 21, 2023 06:22 AM
Diana Dahlberg

So glad you read and enjoyed my post Michael Jacobs - there are so many and now as you drive around I'm sure you will see some and get a chuckle at the same time!

Jul 21, 2023 10:29 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Diana, this is a fun post, and have been to Truth or Consequences in New Mexico!

Jul 21, 2023 07:55 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Oh Joan Cox there are so many fun names!  I thought it would be fun to just do something "outside" of real estate for this blog and I found so many names, i could have wrote a book!

Jul 21, 2023 10:46 AM
Joan Cox

Diana Dahlberg there is only so much we can write about business, fun to do other things!    Thanks for the diversion today!

Jul 21, 2023 10:48 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Diana, you have me smiling at some of these names in different state.  Two eggs, funny.

 

Jul 21, 2023 08:54 AM
Diana Dahlberg

I'm so glad this made you smile @Will Hamm ... that was my full intention.  Thanks for enjoying and now as you are driving around you will see more which will probably bring a smile or even a chuckle!  Have a great week!

Jul 21, 2023 10:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 22, 2023 07:22 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Thank you!  What a nice surprise!  

Jul 24, 2023 07:20 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
ZOOM Realty Group - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I don't know if it qualifies as quirky but there is a city called Frostproof in Central Florida. It gets a lot of attention from tourists and new residents. Fun post!

 

Jul 22, 2023 09:37 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Absolutely it qualifies!  I love this quirky city in Florida ... thank you for sharing with us Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate ... 🤣

Jul 24, 2023 07:21 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Hicksville Long Island may sound amusing, but probably not so much to the Hick family who were local landowners. 

Jul 23, 2023 03:16 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 but at least the Hicks family will be remembered!  We can't all be so lucky to have a city or town named after us!

Jul 24, 2023 07:22 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I love this. We have a street by us called, Chicken Gristle! I bet there are a lot of funny street names as well.

Jul 23, 2023 07:51 AM
Diana Dahlberg

Dr. Paula McDonald I would have to agree.  I have seen some real funny street names ... Dolittle Lane, Lovers Lane Road, Strange Road, Chicken in the Woods Road, Memory Lane, Moonshine Hill Road, Goatsville Road and Assman Road (LOL) 

Jul 24, 2023 07:27 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

In the Inwood section of Northern Manhattan- there is an intersection of Seaman Ave and Cumming Street - just off of Dyckman St. 

Jul 23, 2023 12:36 PM
Kathy Streib

Adam Feinberg not THAT'S funny!!!!

Jul 23, 2023 12:38 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Well Adam Feinberg that is definitely funny and quirky!  I'm glad you were able to share that with us!  Ha Ha Ha

Jul 24, 2023 07:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Oh, what a FUN post, Diana! Of course, I know that WhyNot used to be two words and is near the capital of NC (Raleigh) in the Piedmont region of the state. They are known as the "NC Pottery Highway."

I loved reading the others and Alan's comment is HILARIOUS!

Jul 24, 2023 11:24 PM
Diana Dahlberg

Debe Maxwell, CRS This really was a fun post to research and write.  There were so many examples but some I chose to pass up thinking one of you would come up with in response.  WhyNot ???

Jul 25, 2023 07:32 AM