Ten Best and Worst City/Town Slogans

Source: kygl.com

Here’s a fun list of the ten (10) best and ten (10) worst city or town slogans from across the United States. If you think there are better or worse ones, please send them along and we will judge them against these current leaders.

Ten Best

  1. Texarkana, TX/AR – “Twice as Nice”  – Short, memorable, and to the point considering it’s a twin city split by a state line
  2. Metter, GA – “Everything’s Better in Metter” – Very catchy
  3. Knox, IN – “Where opportunity knocks” – Punny and perfect for economic development
  4. Dubuque, IA – “Masterpiece on the Mississippi” – Also memorable
  5. Loveland, OH – “Sweetheart of Ohio”  – Good play on Ohio being the heart of it all
  6. Hershey, PA – “The Sweetest Place on Earth” – Self-explanatory, tho may be getting a tad dated
  7. Talent, OR – “Our Name Speaks For Itself” – Logical and cute
  8. Gas, KS  – “Don’t pass Gas, stop and enjoy it” – Very cute and funny
  9. Ault, CO – “A Unique Little Town” – Innovative
  10. Glendive, MT – “Good People Surrounded by Badlands” – Nice contrast

Source: yelp.com

 Ten Worst
  1. Fruita, CO – “Home of Mike the Headless Chicken” – yuck!
  2. Nederland, CO – “Home of the Frozen Dead Guy” – double yuck!
  3. Algona, IA – “Home of the World’s Largest Cheeto” – We thought Trump was from New York City?
  4. Beaver, OK – “Cow Chip Capital of the World” – Did we say yuck already?
  5. Cedar Bluff, AL – “The Crappie Capital of the World.” – Kinda says it all and yes we know its spelled differently.
  6. Fernandina Beach, FL and Venice, FL – Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World – a) both can’t be, and b) provided it’s not stuck in your leg.
  7. Bellingham, WA – “City of Subdued Excitement” – Well, ain’t that just blah.
  8. Anniston, AL – “The Model City” – Is this to honor Jennifer Anniston for having the same name?
  9. Cuba City, WI – “The City of Presidents” – Huh? Not a single President is from here.
  10. Mt. Horeb, WI – “The Troll Capital” – Not the best nickname for the internet age.


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Derogatory place nicknames – UPDATE # 4

Source: downwithdetroit.spreadshirt.com

Source: downwithdetroit.spreadshirt.com

Last weekend (originally published in 2013) a derogatory nickname was overheard for a city here in Michigan that I had never heard expressed before in my 21 (now 26) years of being a resident of this state. For some reason people have a tendency to give places that are different from them degrading nicknames.

Now and then these the nicknames are meant to be snarky commentary on the place, as was our use of Indianpolace or Naptown for my hometown of Indianapolis in the 1960s and 1970s. Unfortunately, all too often, the place nicknames are meant to be mean, cruel, demeaning, or bigoted.

Here are a few I have heard over the years or found on the internet. Apologies in advance for those that are most definitely offensive – they are only listed for reference purposes in this post. It would be interesting to learn of other examples from across the country or around the world. My guess is this issue is not just limited to the United States. Most recent additions are shown in bold.

Source: funnyphilly.wordpress.com

Source: funnyphilly.wordpress.com

  • Albany, New York – Smallbany
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico – Albuturkey
  • Anchorage, Alaska – Rainchorage
  • Augusta, Maine – Disgusta
  • Baltimore, Maryland – Bodymore, Murderland (Thank you, Martin S.)
  • Beaumont, Texas – Boremont
  • Benton Harbor, Michigan – Benton Harlem
  • Berkeley, California – Bezerkeley
  • Birmingham, Alabama – The Tragic City
  • Boston, Massachusetts – Bostoned
  • Brampton, Ontario – Bramladesh
  • Calgary, Alberta – Cowtown
  • Charleston, West Virginia – Chemicalville
  • Chicago, Illinois – Illville
  • Ciudad Juarez, Mexico – War-ez
  • Cleveland, Ohio – Mistake on the Lake
  • Colonial Heights, Virginia – Colonial Whites (1)
  • Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – Caucasian Falls (1)
  • Dearborn, Michigan – Dearbornistan
  • Edmonton, Alberta – Deadmonton
  • Edmonton, Alberta – Redmonton
  • Edmonton, Alberta – Edmonchuk
  • Fairbanks, Alaska – Squarebanks
  • Garden Grove, California – Garbage Growin’ (Thank you jwayo1)
  • Hartford, Connecticut – Fartford
  • Hesperia, Michigan – Hesptucky
  • Huntsville, Texas – Death Penalty City
  • Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) – Oooey-Pooey
  • Indianapolis, Indiana – Indianoplace (this was when I was a kid a growing up there – no longer true)
  • Indianapolis, Indiana – Naptown (now used as an affectionate nickname)
  • Inkster, Michigan – Stinkster
  • Johnstown, Pennsylvania – Flood City
  • Joliet, Illinois – Prison City
  • Lafayette, Indiana – Laugh-a-lot
  • Las Vegas, Nevada – Sin City
  • Las Vegas, Nevada – Lost Wages
  • London, UK – Londonistan
  • Los Angeles, California – SmellA
  • Memphis, Tennessee – Mempiss
  • Nairobi, Kenya – Nairobbery (2)
  • Newark, Ohio – Nerk or Nerk, Ahia
  • Oregon, Ohio – BOREgon
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Philthydelphia
  • Pine Hills, Florida – Crime Hills
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Smoky City
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – The Pitts
  • Pasadena, Texas – Poopadena (Thank you, jway01)
  • Purdue University – P.U. (pee-yew)
  • Rochester, New York – Rottenchester
  • Sacramento, California – Suckramento
  • Saginaw, Michigan – Saginasty
  • St. Paul, Minnesota – Pig’s Eye (actually was the city’s first name)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah – Smog Lake City
  • San Diego, California – San Deteriorata (Thank you, jway01)
  • San Francisco, California – San Use Crisco (Thank you, jway01)
  • Sterling Heights, Michigan – Sterile Whites
  • Sumpter Township, Michigan – Sumpter the Dumpster (due to the number of landfills there)
  • Tacoma, Washington – Armpit of the West
  • Tacoma, Washington – Tackyoma
  • Tallahassee, Floirida – Tallanasty 
  • Taylor, Michigan – Taylortucky
  • Terre Haute, Indiana – Sin City
  • Traverse City, Michigan – Traffic City
  • Troy, New York – Troylet
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Tuscaloser (except perhaps in college football)
  • Washington, DC – District of Corruption
  • West Lafayette, Indiana – West Laugh-a-lot
  • Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin – Whiteface Bay (1)
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Winston-Slums
  • Worthington, Ohio – Worth-a-ton
  • Ypsilanti, Michigan – Ypsiltucky (3)
  • Zanesville, Ohio – Zaneyville


(1)  Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, pg. 193.

(2) Swahili for the Broken-Hearted

(3) How to Speak Midwestern

Other Sources:

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Playing “Boggle” With City Names Inside City Names

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Taking a page from Peggy Hill’s championship playbook for the classic word game “Boggle,” the following list identifies those cities or towns whose name contains the names of other cities and towns. A minimum of three (3) other city or town names was required to be included. In addition, the names of townships or counties are not eligible for inclusion.

As can be seen, if it wasn’t for the City of West, Texas, there would be seven (7) fewer results on this list. It also accounts for why there are so many cities are on the list whose name starts with “West.” At seven (7) letters, Edenton, North Carolina has the shortest city name to make the list as all but two (2) city names on the list consist of multiple words. The other single worded city name is Bentonville, Arkansas.

Leading the pack with the most city or town names contained within its name at five (5) is North Richland Hills, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth. Tying in second place with four (4) are Edenton, North Carolina; West Hollywood, California; West New York, New Jersey; and West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Please feel free to submit any additions, corrections, or suggestions to this list. It will be interesting to see how many more folks can find, including in other languages than English. Enjoy!

    • Altamonte Springs, FL (3) – Alta, UT; Altamont, UT; and Spring, TX
    • Bentonville, AR (3) – Benton, PA; Eton, England; and Enon, OH
    • Edenton, NC (4) – Eden, NC; Eton, England; Enon, OH; and Denton, TX
    • Lake Forest Park, WA (3) – Lake Park, FL; Lake Forest, IL; and Forest Park, GA
    • Mount Holly Springs, PA (3) – Holly, MI; Holly Springs, NC or MS; and Spring, TX
    • North Richland Hills, TX (5) – Richland, WA; North Hills, NY; Richland Hills, TX; Richlands, NC or VA; and Rich Hill, MO
    • Richland Hills, TX (3) – Richland, WA; Richlands, NC or VA; and Rich Hill, MO
    • Sandy Springs, GA (3) – Sandy, UT or OR; Sand Springs, OK; and Spring, TX
    • Temple Terrace, FL (3) – Temple, TX; Tempe, AZ; and Terrace, BC
    • West Hollywood, CA (4) – West, TX; Holly, MI; Hollywood, FL; and Westwood, MA
    • West Jefferson, OH or NC (3) – West, TX; Jefferson, PA or NC; and Weston, FL
    • West Lafayette, IN (3) – West TX; Fayette, UT, NY and ME: and Lafayette, IN or LA
    • West Newton, PA (3) – West, TX; Newton, MA; and Weston, FL
    • West New York, NJ (4) – West, TX; New York, NY; York, PA; and West York, PA
    • West Palm Beach, FL (3) – West, TX; West Beach, Australia; and Palm Beach, FL
    • West Richland, WA (3) – West, TX; Richland, WA; and Westland, MI
    • West Springfield, MA (4) – Westfield, IN; West, TX; Spring, TX; and Springfield, MA, IL, and MO
    • West Sunbury, PA (3) – West, TX; Sunbury, OH; and Westbury, NY
    • West Valley City, UT (3) – West, TX; Valley City, ND; and Valley, NE

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Carved Cedar Skylines of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Grand Hall depiction of six (6) Northwest Coast First Nation architecture – Source: historymuseum.ca (world’s largest photograph forms the background) Six nations are from left to right: Tsimshian, Haida, Nuxalk (Bella Coola), Central Coast, Nuu-Chah-Nulth (Nootka), and Coast Salish.

For centuries, coastlines, coves, river shorelines, and inlets from Alaska southward to Washington State were dotted with the sky-scraping carved cedar totem poles that depicted the history and legacies of those First Nation and Native American residents who called this gorgeous region their home. These often colorful works of art etched timber skylines against the rain forest backdrop of green. The photograph at the top of this blogpost shows relocated and reconstructed examples of the variety of architecture employed by the six (6) First Nations of the Canadian portion of this vast region.

Masset Haida Village – Source: history museum.ca

Sadly, following first contact with Europeans,many of these iconic features were lost to theft, relocation, destruction, deterioration, and decay.  Thankfully, members of these proud nations have retained and passed on the skills necessary to carve and construct totem poles. As a result, these majestic marvels of carved cedar have been reestablished across the Pacific Northwest Coast in community after community with more being carved or raised by the month. There is not sufficient space available in this blog to summarize the rich history and variety of these nations, nor to adequately tell the whole story of totem poles. Those will be left to traditional books and other documentation.

While researching this topic, it became apparent that there does not seem to be a centralized database of totem poles for archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, or archivists to reference. So, in a probably futile attempt to catalogue the taller totem poles, a follow-up blogpost is being prepared for such a purpose. In order to keep the list manageable, a minimum height of 20 feet was set for inclusion.

Alert Bay Totem Pole – Source: smallbluegreenwords.files.wordpress.com

Below is a brief list of the ten (10) tallest existing totem poles identified thus far. As can be seen by some of the [notes], these totem poles are subjected to the elements daily and require routine care. Even then, over time, if left to Mother Nature and not moved indoors, they will need to be replaced by a replica and eventually laid to rest in the forest.

Place State or Province (Location/”Name” – Master Carver, Year Raised) = Height [Notes]

  1. Alert Bay, British Columbia (near Big House – Jimmy Dick, 1973) = 173 feet [constructed using two (2) trees]
  2. McKinleyville, California (McKinleyville Center – Hank Pierson, 1984) = 144 feet 8 inches [replica of original – height provided does not include the lightning rod at top]
  3. Kalama, Washington (Marina Park “Wineburg” – Don ‘Chief Lelooska’ Smith, 1974) = 140 feet [to be taken down due to condition in 2018]
  4. Take, Alaska (Carl Heinmiller, 1971) = 132 feet [partially snapped in 2015 and guy wires have since been added]
  5. Victoria, British Columbia (Beacon Hill Park: “Story” – Mungo Martin, 1956) = 127 feet 7 inches [scheduled to be laid to rest within the next 5-10 years due to age/condition]
  6. Vancouver, British Columbia (Maritime Museum/Hadden Park: “Centennial” – Mungo Martin, 1958) = 100 feet [possibly undergoing restoration]
  7. London, England (Windsor Great Park – Mungo Martin, 1958) = 100 feet [twin of “Centennial” in Vancouver listed above]
  8. Abingdon, Illinois (Steve Greenquist, 1969) = 83 feet [tallest east of the Rockies and likely not of traditional Native construction]
  9. Olympia, WA (State Capitol: “Lifting the Sky”  – William Shelton, 1940) = 80 feet [in storage for restoration]
  10. Tacoma, Washington (Fireman’s Park – 1903) = 72 feet [originally 105 feet]

Sources: see list at the end of the post.

“Lifting the Sky” in Olympia, WA – Source: city-data.com

Any additions, updates or corrections to the above list are most welcome.

Also fascinating is how the iconic totem pole has grown beyond a being representation of a village, tribal clan, family, or story to become a well-recognized symbol of friendship and of reconciliation. In other cases, totem poles have become political symbols in the fight to preserve the environmental and/or promote peace.  Thankfully, the days of totem pole theft for so-called “civic” display and boasting are gone. Instead, handsome totems poles are often bestowed as gifts between peoples, nations, and neighbors. Totem poles can also be a symbolic method for mending past wounds.

When possible, historic totems are being lovingly restored, rehabilitated, or safely protected in museum settings. Meanwhile, beautifully crafted replicas and new poles are adorning the Pacific Northwest Coast, just as they once were when European explorers first arrived.

Source: allposters.com

Perhaps, if more societies on the planet shared the gifts of their skilled artisans and respected the cultural legacies of others, the world would be a much more peaceful and happier place. Stay tuned for the database – updates will be posted as it grows and more data is obtained. Peace!

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Are You a Socialist?

Source: youtube.com

This question was posed on a former sister blog (Progressive Blogic) some seven years ago during the rancorous debate about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It was meant to point out to the average person that “socialism,” particularly democratic socialism, should not be considered a dirty word, for many things they already do or organizations they belong to are actually socialist in their operation.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Have you paid into or are you receiving social security, medicare, or medicaid? Greetings, fellow socialist.
  • Are you a member/customer of a credit union? If yes, you are a socialist.
  • Do you belong to or shop at a food cooperative? Hello, socialist.
  • Do you participate in or utilize a community garden or food bank? Welcome, socialist!
  • Are you a member of or shopper at a retail cooperative like REI or Ace Hardware? Socialist.
  • Do you root for or support the Green Bay Packers? They are owned cooperatively by the citizens of Green Bay – you are supporting a socialist organization.
  • Do you live in a residential housing cooperative? Hello, socialist.
  • Have you participated in or signed up for health care through the Affordable Care Act. Ditto, comrade.
  • Do you get your power from a rural or municipal electric cooperative like Cherryland Electric Cooperative here in Traverse City? Wow, you are quite the socialist.
  • Do you buy products from Land O’ Lakes or Ocean Spray? You closet socialist, you.
  • Does your farm work with or is it a member of an agricultural cooperative? Welcome to socialism?

As is clearly evident from this short list, socialism is rampant in the United States and does not appear to be hurting anyone. In fact, these socialistic organizations are very beneficial. So, the next time someone starts dissing socialism, ask them some of these questions. The answers might enlighten them to reality. Peace.

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Favorite Female Lead Singers of Rock Bands

Heart – Source: theriffrepeater.com

This can be a tough category to define, as what constitutes a rock band is a moving target. For this list, a rock band is a group of musicians who play under a group name, not an individual’s name (unless it’s part of the group’s name). For example – Pat Benatar is an awesome rock performer and would rank easily in the top 5 of this list, but she performs under her own name not a band’s name. So here’s my list and its based solely on personal preferences.

Metric – Source: 680news.com

As I hear new bands or new music from existing ones, this list may be revised, updated, and expanded upon from time to time. Enjoy!

  1. Ann Wilson – Heart
  2. Emily Haines – Metric
  3. Stevie Nicks – Fleetwood Mac
  4. Ellie Rowsell – Wolf Alice
  5. Shirley Manson – Garbage
  6. Florence Welch – Florence and the Machine
  7. Deborah Harry – Blondie
  8. Aimee Mann – Til Tuesday
  9. Ritzy Bryan – The Joy Formidable
  10. Patty Smyth – Scandal
  11. Annie Lennox – Eurythmics
  12. Belinda Carlisle – The Go-Go’s
  13. Karen O – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  14. Christine McVie – Fleetwood Mac
  15. Chrissie Hynde – The Pretenders
  16. Kim Gordon – Sonic Youth
  17. Terri Nunn – Berlin
  18. Grace Slick – Jefferson Airplane/Starship
  19. Gwen Stefani – No Doubt
  20. Hayley Williams – Paramore
  21. Susanna Hoffs – The Bangles
  22. Martha Davis – The Motels
  23. Delores O’Riordan – The Cranberries
  24. Beth Gibbons – Portishead
  25. Natalie Merchant – 10,000 Maniacs
  26. Courtney Love – Hole
  27. Joan Jett – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  28. Marie Fredriksson – Roxette
  29. Leah Fay – July Talk
  30. Dale Bozzio – Missing Persons

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Unofficial Guide to Hipsterhoods of the Iberian Peninsula

Source: worldmap1.com

The following is a list of current hipster hoods and/or streets identified in cities across the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain). If there are any neighborhoods that were missed in these or other cities, please let us know and they will be added. Obrigado and gracias!

El Tubo in Zaragoza – Source: tripadvisor.com


  • El Born
  • Gothic Quarter
  • Gracia
  • La Barceloneta
  • L’Eixample
  • Poble Sec
  • Raval
  • Sant Antoni


  • La Vieja


  • Albaicín

Lisbon, Portugal

  • Alcantara
  • Bairrio Alto
  • Chiado


  • Chueca
  • Huertas
  • Lavapiés
  • Las Letros
  • Malasana


  • La Merced
  • Soho

Palma de Mallorca

  • Santa Catalina

Porto, Portugal

  • Rua Miguel Bombarda

San Sebastian

  • GROS


  • Alameda De Hercules


  • El Carmen
  • Ruzafa


  • Casco Vello Alto


  • El Tubo
  • Universidad Delicias

Malasana in Madrid – Source: standard.co.uk

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Largest Cities/Towns That Incorporate Other State Names

Source: kcur.org

The following list of cities and towns containing the names of other states is presented in order by size of the city/town using 2016 population estimates, unless otherwise noted. While some of the websites that are listed at the end of this post indicate there are 113 examples across the country, this tally does not include Townships (outside of the “towns” of New England and New York), counties, minor crossroads, or ghost towns.

Source: missouricitytx.gov

By far the most common example is Washington with 37, though nearly all are named for George Washington, which is the state’s namesake, as well. Next are places named for the states of Nevada and Kansas with six (6) each, followed by California with four (4).

Source: delawareohio.net

New York leads the way with eight (8) communities incorporating the names of other states, while Ohio is second with seven (7), Missouri is third with six (6) examples, and Indiana and Pennsylvania each have five (5).

  1. Washington, District of Columbia = 693,972 (2017)
  2. Kansas City, Missouri = 488,943 (2017)
  3. Wyoming, Michigan = 75,567
  4. Missouri City, Texas = 74,561
  5. West New York, New Jersey = 53,343
  6. Delaware, Ohio = 38,643
  7. Michigan City, Indiana = 31,157
  8. Maryland Heights, Missouri = 27,137
  9. Washington, Utah = 25,339
  10. Fort Washington, Maryland = 23,717 (2010)
  11. Oregon, Ohio = 20,040
  12. Onalaska, Wisconsin = 18,697
  13. Washington, Illinois = 16,851
  14. Port Washington, New York = 15,846
  15. Washington Court House, Ohio = 14,144
  16. Washington, Missouri = 14,061
  17. Indiana, Pennsylvania = 13,981
  18. Washington, Pennsylvania = 13,514
  19. Washington, Indiana = 12,089
  20. California, Maryland = 11,857
  21. Port Washington, Wisconsin = 11,642
  22. Oregon, Wisconsin = 10,264
  23. Washington, North Carolina = 9,801
  24. Washington Terrace, Utah = 9,198
  25. Virginia, Minnesota = 8,523
  26. Nevada, Missouri = 8,224
  27. Washington, Iowa = 7,424
  28. Nevada, Iowa = 6,805
  29. Washington, New Jersey = 6,491
  30. California, Pennsylvania = 6,466
  31. Fort Washington, Pennsylvania = 5,446 (2010)
  32. Maine, New York = 5,238
  33. Georgia, Vermont = 4,736
  34. Washington, New York = 4,648
  35. California, Missouri = 4,421
  36. Washington, Georgia = 3,978
  37. Washington Park, Illinois = 3,955
  38. Washington, Connecticut = 3,452
  39. Louisiana, Missouri = 3,281
  40. Nevada City, California = 3,145
  41. Florida, New York = 2,857
  42. Missouri Valley, Iowa = 2,662
  43. Delaware, New York = 2,557
  44. Dakota City, Nebraska = 1,880
  45. Maryland, New York = 1,805
  46. Alabama, New York = 1,790
  47. Idaho Springs, Colorado = 1,746
  48. Texas, Wisconsin = 1,615
  49. Washington, Maine = 1,521
  50. Washington, West Virginia = 1,175 (2010)
  51. Washington, New Hampshire = 1,110
  52. Washington, Kansas = 1,076
  53. Nevada, Texas = 1,074
  54. Washington, Vermont = 1,021
  55. Ohio, New York = 1,003
  56. Washington, Louisiana = 953
  57. New Washington, Ohio = 923 (2017)
  58. Virginia City, Nevada = 855 (2010)
  59. Kansas, Oklahoma = 783
  60. Nevada, Ohio = 740
  61. Kansas, Illinois = 737
  62. Florida, Massachusetts = 724
  63. Washington, Oklahoma = 650
  64. New Washington, Indiana = 566 (2010)
  65. Washington Grove, Maryland =-564
  66. Washington, Massachusetts = 533
  67. Michigantown, Indiana = 450
  68. Washington Park, North Carolina = 443
  69. Wyoming, New York = 428
  70. Old Washington, Ohio = 278 (2012)
  71. Kansas, Alabama = 219
  72. Virginia City, Montana = 198
  73. Washington, California = 185 (2010)
  74. New Hampshire, Ohio = 174 (2010)
  75. Washington, Arkansas = 174
  76. Washington, Nebraska = 151
  77. Washington, Virginia = 126
  78. California, Kentucky = 86
  79. Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania = 57
  80. Alaska, Indiana = unknown
  81. Kansas, Ohio – unknown
  82. Kansasville, Wisconsin = unknown
  83. Nevada City, Montana = unknown
  84. Washington, Mississippi = unknown

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Namesake Cities With The Most Compass Point Suburbs

West Palm Beach is larger than its namesake – Palm Beach Source: wpb.org

The following list identifies those cities and towns in the United States and Canada that have at least two (2) suburbs that use the namesake city’s title along with a compass point direction. Not included are communities in New England where there are sub-area names under the overarching town name. They must be fully independent jurisdictions and/or census designated places that are not within the core city/town boundaries. Also not included are suburbs that include their own satellite communities with compass point names. An example is South Chicago Heights, which is a satellite of Chicago Heights.

Source: pinterest.co

There are two (2) interesting oddities from the list.  First is Palm Beach, Florida, where both nearby compass point cities are actually larger than the namesake, meaning the namesake city is actually the suburb of the larger, West Palm Beach. Second, both of Sioux City’s compass point suburbs are not only located in different states from each other, but also from Iowa where Sioux City is located. In this case they are in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Source: northsiouxcity-sd.gov

Lastly, there are likely fewer such examples in Canada as many urban areas have been consolidated under one or fewer city/town names in the past few decades.

One has to wonder why many, if not most of these communities were not given their own unique names. I have several hypotheses on this issue:

  • Pride in the namesake city
  • Trying to benefit off the geographic and economic relationship to the namesake city – this is particularly likely with a wealthy community such as Palm Beach or Barrington.
  • Assigned their name by the Post Office or a railroad
  • To help provide directions – may have been necessary in pre-Industrial age
  • Easiest thing to do
  • Laziness or lack of imagination

If you know of examples that I missed, please forward them on and if they meet the criteria, they will be included on the list. Thanks!

Three (3)  

  • Chicago, IL (3) – North Chicago, East Chicago (IN), and West Chicago
  • Miami, FL (3) – North Miami, South Miami, and West Miami
  • Montreal, QC (3) – Montreal Nord, Montreal Est, and Montreal Oeste
  • New Haven, CT (3) – North Haven, East Haven, and West Haven
  • Orange, NJ (3) – South Orange, East Orange, and West Orange
  • St. Paul, MN (3) – North St. Paul, South St. Paul, and West St. Paul
  • York, PA (3) – North York, East York, and West York

Two (2)

  • Barrington, IL (2)  – North Barrington and South Barrington
  • Berwick, ME (2) – North Berwick and South Berwick
  • Canton, OH (2) – North Canton and East Canton
  • Cape May, NJ (2) – North Cape May and West Cape May
  • Glens Falls, NY (2) – South Glens Falls and West Glens Falls
  • Hartford, CT (2) – East Hartford and West Hartford
  • Houston, TX (2) North Houston and South Houston
  • Milwaukee, WI (2) – South Milwaukee and West Milwaukee
  • Ogden, UT (2) – North Ogden and South Ogden
  • Palm Beach, FL (2) – North Palm Beach and West Palm Beach – both are larger than their namesake
  • Peoria, IL (2) – East Peoria and West Peoria
  • Providence, RI (2) – North Providence and East Providence
  • Salt Lake City, UT (2) – North Salt Lake and South Salt Lake
  • Sioux City, IA (2) – North Sioux City (SD) and South Sioux City (NE) – neither is in the same state as the namesake
  • Syracuse, NY (2) – North Syracuse and East Syracuse
  • Terre Haute, IN (2) – North Terre Haute and West Terre Haute
  • Vancouver, BC (2) – North Vancouver and West Vancouver

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Hot Dog Stands and Shops With Clever Names

To celebrate National Hot Dog Day on Wednesday, July 18th, I thought I’d list the best names for hot dog stands and shops from across the country. Coney Islands are also included in this list. Please feel free to submit the names of other such locations you feel merit being honored. Thanks!

Top choice – The Wiener’s Circle – Source: vegas24-7.com

Those shown in bold are my top choices and those shown in italics have been visited and dined at.

My second choice – Source: redknotedinburgh.com

First place for best name goes to The Wiener’s Circle of Chicago and second place goes to Perfectly Frank of Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Andrew’s Atomic Dogs – Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Bark Hot Dogs – Brooklyn, New York
  • City Dogs – Richmond, Virginia
  • Cosmos Coney Island – Detroit, Michigan
  • Dapper Dog – San Francisco, California
  • Dat Dog – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Diggity Dog – Seattle, Washington
  • Dirty Franks Hot Dog Palace – Columbus, Ohio
  • Doggie Style – Austin, Texas – gotta love the punny innuendo
  • Dogma – Miami, Florida
  • Dog n Suds – chain out of Indiana
  • Dogtown – Milford, Connecticut or Rochester, New York
  • Dreamy Weenies – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dune Dog Cafe – Jupiter, Florida
  • Dune Dogs – Glen Arbor, Michigan
  • Franks-A-Lot – Portland, Oregon
  • Franks Anatra – Birmingham, Michigan
  • Frank’s Footers – no longer in business (Castro Valley, CA) – the innuendos are endless
  • Franktuary – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Hank’s Haute Dogs – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Hillbilly Hot Dogs – Lesage, West Virginia
  • Hot Dog Heaven – chain out of Florida
  • I Dream of Weenie – Nashville, Tennessee (food truck)
  • Jack’s Cosmic Dogs – Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Mustard’s Last Stand – Evanston, Illinois
  • Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Naughty Dawg – San Rafael, California
  • Naughty Dog – Bloomington, Indiana
  • Nu-Way Wierners – Macon, Georgia
  • One Stop Coney Shop – Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Paradise Dogs – Santa Cruz, California
  • Perfectly Frank – Norfolk, Virginia – my second favorite name
  • Pluto’s Dog House – Disneyland, California
  • Pop’s Dogs and Ma’s Burgers – Richmond, Virginia
  • SCHNACK – Brooklyn, New York
  • Short Leash Hot Dogs – Phoenix, Arizona
  • Spike’s Junkyard Dogs – Providence, Rhode Island
  • Spud Dogs – Macon, Georgia
  • Superdawg – Chicago, Illinois
  • Sup Dogs – Greenville, North Carolina
  • Super Duper Weenie – Fairfield, Connecticut
  • Tail o’ the Pup – Los Angeles, California
  • The Barking Dog – Hampton, Virginia
  • The Dogfather – Worcester, Massachusetts
  • The Gnarley Dog – Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
  • The Naked Dog – Savannah, Georgia
  • The Pup Truck – Atlanta, Georgia (food truck)
  • The Red Hot – Tacoma, Washington
  • The Steamie Weenie – Henderson Nevada
  • The Wienery – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • The Wiener’s Circle – Chicago, Illinois – best name of all
  • The Wiener Shack – Mishawaka, Indiana
  • Thirsty Dog 2 Go – Tempe, Arizona
  • Top Dog – Berkeley, California
  • Tugboat Pete’s Hot Dog Stand – Long Beach, California
  • U.B. Dogs – Chicago, Illinois
  • Uptown Dogs – Traverse City, Michigan – their “Pico Fresco Dog” is my all-time favorite hot dog!!! (see photo below)
  • Vicious Dogs – North Hollywood, California
  • Waka Dog – South Bend, Indiana
  • Wee-Nee Wagon – Brunswick, Georgia
  • Weenie Beenie – Arlington, Virginia
  • Weenie Dogs – Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • What’s Up Dog? – San Francisco, California – Does Randy Jackson work here?
  • Wienerschnitzel – chain out of California
  • Wild Willie’s Wiener Wagon – Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Wolfy’s – Skokie, Illinois
  • Wrigley Chicago Dogs – Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Yesterdog – Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Zombie Dogz – Dayton, OH

“Pico Fresco Dog” from Uptown Dogs

Here are ten (10) other names that I didn’t see, that I am surprised haven’t been used. Enjoy!

Dog Gone It

Hound Pound

Pound O’ Hounds

Let’s Be Frank


Soda Pup

Walkin’ With a Dog

Doggin’ It

Best in Show Hot Dogs

Buns of Meal

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