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Jul. 17th, 2008

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Something interesting I discovered while browsing through my road atlas: Georgia contains a Nickelsville, a Nicklesville, and a Nickleville.

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From:deckardcanine
Date:July 18th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
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Just comes to show how poor Georgia used to be, if they held nickels in that much esteem. And in two of the three areas (which obviously hadn't connected yet), the locals had too little education to spell "nickel."
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From:baphnedia
Date:July 18th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
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That, or they didn't want to come up with a more original name.

I should move to one of those towns... simply because I should never get dimed out.
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From:zexyz
Date:July 18th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
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I live here in Georgia, and let me tell you they can't name squat out here. It makes it nearly impossible to give directions most of the time. Seriously... There are two roads with the same name (Ponce de Leon) and they INTERSECT. Then there's the part of downtown with six connected roads named Peachtree. Peachtree Circle, Peachtree Place, NW Peachtree, W Peachtree, Peachtree NW... The phone call goes like this:

"Hey. ... Yeah, I'm here. Where are you? ... Well, do you see the QuikTrip? ... Wha?-- Oh. OOOH! You're in the OTHER Nickelsville..."
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From:deckardcanine
Date:July 18th, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
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Come to think of it, there's more than one state named Georgia, each bordering a seven-letter, four-syllable state that starts and ends with A.
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From:wbwolf
Date:July 18th, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
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On the other hand, Oregon is full of unoriginal names. I know where Toledo, Saginaw, Detroit, Portland, Ontario, Lebanon, Springfield, Milwaukie [sic], Pittsburg, and Kansas City [wtf], OR are located... On the other hand, I don't understand California, PA or Oregon, MO....

Edited at 2008-07-18 04:49 pm (UTC)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:July 18th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
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And Georgia has Athens, Rome, Roswell, Albany, Vidalia, Dublin, Augusta, Washington, and Manchester. It was actually the first state I thought of as unoriginal that way, with the possible exception of Texas. At least Texas has the excuse of being so darn big.
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From:wbwolf
Date:July 18th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Wait... Vadalia? Where is the original? When I hear Vadalia, I immediate think of onions (as a competitor to Walla Walla Sweets). And I was thinking more of towns in Oregon that are the same as other, better known towns in the US (Springfield being the exception, since it's so darn common...)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:July 18th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Oh, whoops. "Vidalia" sounds so foreign (possibly Italian) that I assumed it was from elsewhere. Turns out there is a Vidalia in Louisiana, but it's the lesser-known of the two.

Oregon might just be the state with the most U.S. copycat names. I understand that Portland's name was decided in a coin toss against "Boston." I'm glad Boston lost, seeing as it was already a capital. And an uglier name.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:July 19th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
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Get the impression Oregonians want to be somewhere else? :)

(The Winnipeg Free Press ran a story a few years ago about Winnipeg, Missouri, apparently the only other Winnipeg in the world, but long since a ghost town (population is probably less than 5, the article gave me the impression that the cemetery had more people in it ... ) Apparently it was founded and named at the turn of the last century by an ex-pat from here who founded the town. Looks like the one in Manitoba fared better.)
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From:yakko
Date:July 19th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
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MO also has a Warsaw, a Mexico, a Lebanon... and a Tightwad!
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