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Old 27 November 2011, 07:15 PM
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It was 1880 and the residents of a tiny Travis County community were ready to make the jump to the big leagues by getting a post office.

That required getting the town name approved. The locals applied, but federal postal officials rejected their town name. So they suggested another. It was turned down, too. So they tried a third name. It was denied.

After the sixth rejection, historians and folklorists say, residents sent a curt note to the U.S. Postmaster: “Let the post office be nameless and be damned!”
And thus the town of Nameless, Texas, was born.
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Old 27 November 2011, 09:42 PM
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If Fluvana (flu-VAN-uh) is strange, isn't Floydada? (Floy-DAY-duh) Garden City is not remotely a city, nor in anyway garden-like. Fink (near Oklahoma) is better than Jot 'em Down in my book. And there's the fact that Llano is pronounced LAN-oh instead of YAH-no and Lamesa is LUH-meesa, not LAH-maysuh, but Mexia is not MEX-ia, but muh-HAY-uh. Manchaca, however, is MAN-chak.
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Old 29 November 2011, 01:37 AM
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Two that I have lived near quickly come to mind.

Cut and Shoot.

Gun Barrel City
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Old 01 December 2011, 12:35 PM
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Arkansas doesn't have as many towns as Texas and so not as many odd ones. But the odd ones are pretty notable.

My favorite is Toadsuck. But you could choose from Greasy Corner, Hogjaw, Hogwallow, Pickles Gap, Gooberstown, Hicksville, Yellville, Gasville, Possum Grape, Smackover, Blue Ball, Weiner, Hooker, Fannie, Bald Knob, Beaver (clearly we are in the Bible belt here, all this repressed sexuality) or Stumptoe. For some reason, Bodcaw cracks me up. "Ah'm from Bodcaw."

There is a Delight, though.
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Old 02 December 2011, 05:05 PM
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And we have the second largest Paris in the world.
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Old 02 December 2011, 05:07 PM
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We have a Loving, and a Milan, and lots of cities no one can spell, but nothing beats Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
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