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August 19, 2013

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Top 10 Funny & Unusual Town Names in America

by Jason Dutton-Smith
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What’s in a name? Sometimes not much of anything, as we found out when compiling our list of unusual town names in the U.S.A. Have a look at some of the silly, or more unusual names in our top 10 list of America’s strangest town names.

10. Nothing, Arizona

Well, what can one say about Nothing? Rumoured to be founded in 1977 by ‘a bunch of drunks’, its total population is four. Situated 100 miles northwest of Phoenix, Nothing consists of a gas station and scrap metal yard. On the bright side, this town has 0% unemployment; they all work in the gas station! Don’t blink, you may just miss it.

9. Hellhole Palms, California

At number nine we have Hellhole Palms. Located in sunny California, Hellhole Palms grows, well, palm trees. That’s it. No one lives in Hellhole Palms, but for some reason it has its very own special place on the map.

8. Belchertown, Massachusetts

You can’t help but get a bit gassy at the mere mention of Belchertown. It was once known as Cold Springs, but some where along the line, someone thought that Belchertown was a more suitable name. A section of Springfield, Massachusetts, the area has a population of 15,000 and is only 55 square miles in size (143km). Who knows, maybe this is where our hardcore gym ‘burpees’ moves come from.

7. Hell, Michigan

George Reeves founded the town soon after Michigan gained statehood. When he was asked what the name of the town should be, he famously quipped “I don’t care, you can name it hell for all I care.” Well, the name stuck George! Now people have to live in Hell thanks to your remarks. Always the entrepreneur, George owned and operated a saw mill, gristmill, distillery and store/tavern. He needed to do something with all the extra wheat growing in the surrounding fields so he turned it into whiskey and opened his own tavern. He may have been an old grump, but he was one ‘Hell’ of a business man.

6. Accident, Maryland

Located in Garrett County, Maryland, it’s unknown how this town’s unfortunate name came to be. To make matters worse, people that come from Accident are referred to as ‘accidental’. And because I know you’re curious, according to the 2000 census, the population of Accident is approximately 400 with a median age of 34 years.


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5. Nameless, Tennessee

Coming in at number five, we have the township of Nameless, Tennessee. When the town applied for a post office, the space on the application form for the town name was left blank. Receipt of the application was returned with ‘Nameless’, written in the box for the town name. Now forever immortalised, I would want to remain Nameless too for being unable to fill in the form correctly!

4. Bummerville, California

Bummerville is an unincorporated community in California without any record of residents and no known reason to be included on the map. But here it is anyway. Most people seem to feel more comfortable living in nearby West Point. Serious bummer dude, this makes me sad.

3. Kickapoo, Texas

Ah yes, getting to the pointy end of the quirky names here. OK, they really are the butt of many jokes but hey, Kickapoo has their very own airport and is home to one of the nine kick-ass Air Force Space Surveillance Systems. Is it wrong that I want to visit?

2. Pee Pee, Ohio

Its name comes from the creek of the same name, of which is rumoured to come from the initials of an Irish settler. Thankfully the Irish settler’s name wasn’t Patrick Uleary! There are approximately 10,000 Pee Pees in the little hamlet of Pee Pee and I’m sure it’s a lovely place to visit.

1. Unalaska, Alaska

The top spot of unusual names has to go to Unalaska which is located in, where else, but Alaska. Located way off the snow shovelled track in the remote areas of Alaska, the town interestingly has the largest fisheries port in the U.S.A. measured by volume of fish caught. Unalaska is also home to the television series Deadliest Catch.

And that rounds out our top 10. Do you know of other locations in the U.S.A. or your own country with unusual or different names? Let us know below in the comments field.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. publishistory
    Aug 19 2013

    Interesting article, Bummerville’s a personal highlight haha! If you’re interested in history, please visit and follow my recently created blog at http://publishistory.wordpress.com/ (I’ll follow you back!) It contains history articles written by myself and friends from university 🙂

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    • Oct 27 2013

      Hi, yes I have been following you and your interesting history articles and perspectives. Hope you are enjoying our articles too!

      Reply
  2. Arizona Astronomy
    Sep 4 2013

    This is really very funny and strange names of the cities. I like it with wonder that who kept the names, Thanks for sharing

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    • Oct 27 2013

      Yes we wondered the same thing! Really, who decides these names are good and meaningful and actually signs it off haha…..glad you likes the article, thanks for commenting.

      Reply

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