Today I’m enroute to our new house in Missouri. Actually, it’s our old place, but the house has been totally renovated this spring so it should feel like new. After seven years in New England, I’ll miss Boston and the wonderful people I got to know there, but I have to confess this move feels like going home.
But however much I’m looking forward to being back in the Midwest, Missouri does have its quirks. For instance, they didn’t seem to bother with dreaming up new names for many of their towns. Instead, they borrowed freely from all around the world.
Ever want to go to Amsterdam? Turns out, it’s located just south of Kansas City.
Forget about the US travel ban to Cuba. You can find it in Missouri on the iconic Route 66!
Fancy a visit to the Highlands? Glasgow, Missouri is about half way between St. Louis & Kansas City.
How about Paris, Rome, Lebanon, Normandy, Troy, or Vienna? You can find them all in Missouri.
Of course, I shouldn’t complain about the borrowed town names. When Missourians get creative with place names, well, the results are . . . dubious at best. I mean, how would you like to have “Knob Lick” as part of your address?
So what about your part of the world. Are there any funny or unusual place names you’d like to share?