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    I think someone mentioned odd pronunciations. NY has a couple of those.
    Olean > O-lee-ann
    Chili> Chi-lie (Think of Chai tea.)
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    I was born in a place called KURNELL.... (Ker-nell).. now even for a laugh the local fire brigade when I was there stuck FAR infront of it for a laugh!

    Its where Capt Cook landed to discover Australia in 1770... He landed 1klm from my joint....

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    Quote Originally Posted by NH2006 View Post
    My favorite is still Buttzville, New Jersey.
    Buttzville, home to Hot Dog Johnny and this unique prototype where "the L&HR ducked under the DL&W's old mainline (concrete viaduct) at the precise location that the L&HR crossed over the Pequest River"(via girder bridge)

    NJ is also home to Ho-Ho-Kus, Runnemede, Shamong and a Mantua...

    This first song was a favorite with my kids when they were young:

    The names Paso Robles, Pocatello, Cucamonga, Tucumcari, Natchez and Tupelo would crack them up.

    Found this site if interested in more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikiped...al_place_names
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    I think the most unique town I ever drove into was Intercourse PA. up in Amish country. I thought ....really?

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    we have some very odd town names here in Sth. Australia,
    South East there are a few good ones like, Cobdogla & Kalangadoo.
    Up north is some rippers too....Buckleboo, Iron Knob (no comment there), & Wallaroo.
    Over on the Eyre Peninsula is my favourite, it's a town called... Nowhere Else, Yes, I'm serious...Lol!!

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    Climax, MN
    Fertile, MN
    Only about 45 minutes apart, nuff said.
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    A lot of the names listed have been mentioned several times already.

    Anyway, Wisconsin has a few that stick out, but it's mostly a matter of pronunciation more than anything at all. (Kaukauna, Oconomowoc, Oconto, Wausau, Wausaukee) Our true "What were they possibly thinking" city, though, is Ixonia. Almost looks like a bunch of random letters stuck together, huh? Well, as it so happens, it really is...
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    How'about Walla Walla, Washington ... ... ... And, wait for it, George, Washington?

    Real towns... Moose just saying...
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    Speaking of Washington state, I liked Puyallup, Tukwila, Tulalip, Sammamish, Chimacum, Snohomish or even Snoqualmie. When I was in Seattle, there were several Indian names the "seasoned" newscasters would wait for the NEW reporters to get wrong, while broadcasting live!

    Here in Kansas we have Olathe and Paola. LOL (O-lay-th-a & Pay-OH-LA)
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    Some odd and strange ones from The Netherlands

    Poepershoek = Poopers Corner

    Raar = Strange

    Doodstil = Deadly Quiet

    Sexbierum = Sex Beer Rum

    Boerenhol = Farmers Hole actually Farmers *ss

    De Dood = The Death

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    Every now and then, it comes over me all sudden-like, and I just feel the need to take the Express Train to Pooper's Corner...

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    Did anyone mention Truth & Consequences NM? Everyone should know Tombstone, so I will skip over that one. Did you guys realize there are at least four towns named Weed? One is in California, go figure.
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    Paw Paw, MI or HELL, MI
    Hold my beer and watch this.........

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    Living in Indiana, I know we have a few locations with names that are Native American in origin, but the ones I think are odd are ones like Beanblossom, Gnaw Bone, and Toad Hop. We've also got one that was named by someone who was probably a little bit geographically challenged. If you live in central Indiana, you're probably within a toad hop of the state capitol, Indianapolis, but if you live in Central, IN, you are so close to the southern border of the state you are nearly in Kentucky!

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    Speaking of Native American names, the city of Tacoma, Washington, was named after the state's largest mountain, Mt. Tahoma, better known as Mt. Rainier ... ... ... Moose confused, how does one mispronounce / mis-spell the name and why rename the mountain?
    Kinda' makes Moose wanna' go back in time and give'em what for... (with a Coho salmon, of course)...


    Either way, great railroad history in Tahoma, errr, Tacoma, with Northern Pacific, Milwaukee Road, Great Northern having chosen the city as the center for their Pacific divisions...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stogie View Post
    Did anyone mention Truth & Consequences NM? Everyone should know Tombstone, so I will skip over that one. Did you guys realize there are at least four towns named Weed? One is in California, go figure.
    Truth or Consequences, NM, was named after the game show. It was previously Hot Springs.

    Weed, NM, is not far from the White Sands Missile range, which was where my grandfather was working when he retired.

    My grandfather lived in Weed until he moved to Indiana in the mid 1980s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WP&P View Post
    OLD THREAD ALERT!

    I just found this thread, from before my induction into NSN, and thought I should comment on it. I live rather close to a town called Morrow, Ohio, and one of my favorite songs was one sung by the Kingston Trio about it. Here's a portion of the song's lyrics - while funny to read, it's far better to hear it:

    Said I, "My friend, it seems to me you're talking through your hat. There is a town named Morrow on the line now tell me that."
    "There is," said he, "but take me a quiet little tip. To go from here to Morrow is a fourteen hour trip.

    The train today to Morrow leaves today at eight thirty-five. At half-past ten tomorrow is the time it should arrive.
    So if from here to Morrow is a fourteen hour jump, can you go today to Morrow and get back today, you chump?"


    http://youtu.be/Qp88oumRQvs
    that song really does say it cool old song funny also so WP&P can you get to morrow today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caribou22 View Post
    so WP&P can you get to morrow today
    I've been to Morrow a long time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NH2006 View Post
    My favorite is still Buttzville, New Jersey.
    Beaten to the punch on this one. Actually, from the model railroader's point of view, Buttzville, NJ could be an interesting place to model as both the Lehigh and Hudson RR and the Delaware, Lackawanna, & Western RR both passed through here. The crossing itself is interesting because the two railroads crossed over both each other and the local Pequest River in the same spot. While that sort of thing is perhaps common in the spaghetti bowls of model layouts, it really is more unusual in the prototypical reality.
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    [QUOTE=Rwerner;388459]
    Quote Originally Posted by NH2006 View Post
    My favorite is still Buttzville, New Jersey.[/QUOTE

    Beaten to the punch on this one. Actually, from the model railroader's point of view, Buttzville, NJ could be an interesting place to model as both the Lehigh and Hudson RR and the Delaware, Lackawanna, & Western RR both passed through here. The crossing itself is interesting because the two railroads crossed over both each other and the local Pequest River in the same spot. While that sort of thing is perhaps common in the spaghetti bowls of model layouts, it really is more unusual in the prototypical reality.
    Link to proto photo is in my post above....
    Or prototype....
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