The Weirdest Town Names in Every State

In one state, you can be told to go to Hell (and it's not necessarily an insult).

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What's in a name? For a town, quite a bit. A beautiful-sounding name like Savannah or Palm Beach naturally inspires curiosity. But then again, so does an odd name. We dare you not to be curious about the town of Slickpoo.

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Alabama: Lick Skillet

Though all you'll find in this tiny village is a big old building called the Music Barn and a few storage buildings, it does have a pretty odd story behind its moniker. in which two relatives got into a fight, one was hit by a skillet in which it was reported "he licked him with the skillet." There was also another Lickskillet in Alabama at one point (without a colorful backstory), but that one's now known as Oxford.

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Alaska: Deadhorse

There are a number of theories about the name of this super-tiny town, which only has about 35 people (mostly workers). One describes a potential investor to the town as remaking that he "wouldn't want to put money into feeding a dead horse." that an early company in the area had an exclusive contract to cart away dead horses from Fairbanks. Either way, the name remains.

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Arizona: Carefree

A simple handshake between two developers in the "" christened the town's name.

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Arkansas: Weiner

This came from a nearby train station, which was named after a railroad official in St. Louis.

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California: Rough and Ready

A mining company that of General and President Zachary Taylor inspired this town's name. Today, it's more of a tourist stop, but around 1,000 people do call Rough and Ready home. 

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Colorado: Hygiene

This unincorporated community was that helped tuberculosis patients. Here's one of the oldest buildings in the community, the Church of the Brethren, which dates back to 1888.

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Connecticut: Hazardville

This town isn't filled with danger, but with charming historical buildings. Hazardville got its , who owned the Hazard Gunpowder Company.

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Delaware: Slaughter Beach

attribute this name to either the springtime masses of horseshoe crabs that come to lay their eggs, or simply from a circa-1800s postmaster with the last name.

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Florida: Treasure Island

Property owners attempted to boost sales in this town by burying wooden chests that they . Today, the theme is still strong in this community, with many pirate-themed businesses (in addition to more tasteful high-rises and vacation homes).

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Georgia: Hopeulikit

This small town got its distinctive name from  called "Hope You Like It."

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Hawaii: Kurtistown

Nope, not a town filled with people named Kurtis, but a town , who had a general store that became the town's post office.

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Idaho: Slickpoo

Giggle all you want, but this extremely tiny unincorporated town isn't filled with, um, hazards. Instead, it's named after , who provided a site for a church.

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Illinois: Goofy Ridge

After a , a game warden declared he was sober enough of to shoot a walnut off someone's head. After successfully shooting the walnut off a volunteer's head, it was said to be "one damned goofy thing to do" and the name stuck. Today, Goofy Ridge is notable for being close to the beautiful Henry Allan Gleason Nature Preserve, shown here.

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Indiana: Santa Claus

Originally called Santa Fe, but due to conflicts with the city in New Mexico the town was .

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Iowa: Jamaica

After a dispute on what to name the town (after its previous name was actually in use), a blindfolded mayor to gives this town its name.

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Kansas: Canada (and Ottawa)

It's not a coincidence: This town was founded by the  in 1883. Then, lots of Canadians soon followed.There's also an Ottawa, Kansas (shown here, circa 1942), but that's named for the Native American tribe instead of the city in Canada.

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Kentucky: Monkey's Eyebrow

If you look on the town from a hill, it this very specific monkey facial feature.


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Louisiana: Uneedus

Thank the , whose slogan was simply "You Need Us." You might find this town on your way to the Global Wildlife Center, where you can meet interesting animals like this rhea.

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Maine: Norway

There isn't anything strange about Norway, but . The town name is the result of a clerical error after someone misheard the original name, Norage.

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Maryland: Martin's Additions

After Harry M. Martin bought (shown here), the holdings were named "Martin's Additions to Chevy Chase" and then a 1985 referendum passed to incorporate Martin's Additions as its own separate town.

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Massachusetts: Athol

Locals about provocative pronunciations of its name, which came from the Scottish second Duke of Atholl.

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Michigan: Hell

While there isn't a clear idea , the town has embraced it with a "Go to Hell" slogan and other pun infused advertisements.

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Minnesota: Climax

Though the name will make you raise an eyebrow, this extremely small town of under 300 was named .

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Mississippi: Soso

Legend has it that Postmaster Jim Eaton's in regards to how he was doing or feeling was the catalyst for this name.

 

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Missouri: Tightwad

This town was indeed (allegedly) named out of spite in which a store owner ripped off a postman on a transaction. One of the smallest towns on our list, the population of Tightwad was around 64 people at the time of the 2010 Census.

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Montana: Anaconda

The town founder originally wanted to call it "Copperopolis," but that was surprisingly taken. Instead, he decided on "Anaconda," . Fun fact: Lucille Ball spent some of her childhood here!

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Nebraska: Surprise

Settlers were surprised that the than they previously expected. One of the biggest draws in the early 20th century was the modestly-sized Surprise Opera House, shown here.

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Nevada: Beowawe

Though it may not immediately jump out as an odd name to you, its rumored translation will make you laugh. Allegedly, back in the 1800s, a railroad speculator of ample proportions visited the now-tiny town and — which (again, allegedly) means "Ample Posterior."

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New Hampshire: Dummer

It's not a commentary on intelligence, but instead a tribute to former . Visitors still visit the town to see the scenery, especially the gorgeous Pontook Reservoir (formerly Pontook Lake, seen in this 1908 post card).

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New Jersey: Loveladies

Named who owned the nearby island that was called "Lovelady's."

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