A Place Called Peculiar: Stories about Unusual American Place-Names (Paperback)

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JUNE 2013

June, a time for family vacations, a cutsie gift or a road trip. Sothis
little volume could be useful, or just fun. Don't peek first, but guess
which 6 unusual Michigan names are in here. Make this a parlor game with
friends; name the states these towns are from and how they were named:
Happy Camp , Index, Arctic, Toast. How many have you visited?

What town is named after a mule??(pg. 231) The stories about how these
towns were named can add a smile to your day. Buy this, as the book says
Wynot! (NE)

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— margaret


From Smut Eye, Alabama, to Tie Siding, Wyoming, this pop-culture history offers a highly entertaining survey of America's most unusual place-names and their often-humorous origins. Frank K. Gallant traveled the country--meeting locals, eating in their restaurants, staying at their hotels--and recorded the best of the stories and legends he encountered. The only nationwide survey of its kind, this book features a state-by-state format for easy reference. It's also an irresistible browsing book for aficionados of American history, language, and culture.

About the Author

Veteran magazine writer Frank K. Gallant reports that there are more than 3 million toponyms (place names) in the United States and that "more than once, I have driven an embarrassing number of miles to visit a town with an unusual name."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780486483603
ISBN-10: 0486483606
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: May 16th, 2012
Pages: 254
Language: English