From dot-com contests to ancient tribes, find out the strange-but-true tales behind American place names.
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In 2005, the Dish Network offered what to all residents of a town willing to change its name to Dish?
The early front-runner in the competition was the town of Cable, Illinois. Makes sense. Lots of people switch from cable to dish.
Which real town name came out of the dot-com boom?
In 1999, the tiny town of Halfway, Oregon became the first U.S. city to change its name to a dot-com one. As a publicity stunt it was renamed Half.com for a year in exchange for 20 computers for a local school, a website for the town and $110,000.
Which of these towns got its name from a 1950s game show?
The show agreed to broadcast their 10th anniversary show from any town that would agree to change its name to Truth or Consequences. Hot Springs, New Mexico was never the same.
Which of these is the most common town name in the United States?
Sorry, Simpsons fans, it’s just an urban legend that there’s a Springfield in every state. However, according to the National League of Cities, there are a whopping 288 Fairviews across America.
Which of the following established Celebration, Florida?
Celebration is a town dreamt up, created and maintained by Disney, complete with homes, shops and community events. This is either really cool or really creepy.
Which is a real town in Texas?
The motto of Happy, Texas is “The Town Without A Frown.” It was named after a stream in the 19th century by a group of cowboys who were “happy” to find water there.
While you’re in Texas, you can take a trip to:
No one really knows how the town name came about. Legend has it that Earth used to be called Good Earth, but after the “Good” fell off the post office, people just called it Earth.
BONUS ROUND: Philadelphia means what in Greek?
The name Philadelphia appears in the New Testament as a city in the Asia Minor. In Greek the name means “brotherly love,” so its current name the “City of Brotherly Love” makes perfect sense.
Los Angeles is Spanish for:
Los Angeles takes its name from El Pueblo De Los Angeles, the original Mexican settlement at the heart of the city.
Seattle is named for:
Seattle is a riff on the name of Chief Sealth of the Suquamish tribe.
What is the meaning of Chattanooga?
The first part of Chattanooga comes from the Muskogean word “rock”. Some think the second part comes from a regional suffix -nunga meaning “dwelling or dwelling place.”
Chicago literally translates as “the place of ______” ?
Chicago means the place of wild onions, in the Pottawatomie tribal language. It can also be translated to mean “wild leek” or “wild garlic.”
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