Category Archives: toponymy

Finding “Los Angeles” amid the aura of “LA”

Downtown Los Angeles with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background – Source: unsplash.com Every city is unique unto itself. Just like human beings, cities have their own character, appearance, identity, flaws, attributes, and aesthetics. As a result, no single … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from the death of Mountain Lion P-22

Source: Steve Winter of National Geographic via bbc.com and reddit.com The tragic death this weekend of Mountain Lion P-22 in/near Los Angeles’ Griffith Park struck a somber chord within me, much like the euthanized death of a neighborhood-roaming black bear … Continue reading

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Most populous suburban indigenous pueblos/reservations in the United States

The list below identifies the most populous indigenous pueblos and reservations located in suburban parts of metropolitan areas. A minimum population of 500 residents living within the pueblo/reservation was required for inclusion in this list (FYI – not all residents … Continue reading

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Highest mountain passes, gaps, cuts, notches, and saddles on the Interstate Highway System

Below is a list of the highest elevation mountain passes, gaps, cuts, notches, and saddles in the United States on the Interstate Highway System. This blog author has traveled through the ones that are shown in italics. The list represents … Continue reading

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North American island, ile, isle(a), or key cities/towns

The following list identifies those cities and towns named with the terms island, isle, isle, or key. The list includes those that are actual islands or an inland city with “island” as part of its name. In fact, Grand Island, … Continue reading

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Cities and towns that have gone to the dogs: Ruff-ruff!

Below is a list of those populated places (current and former) in North America that include “dog” or its equivalent in their name. Maine seems to be the leader of places named dog with four (4) listed. As alway, any … Continue reading

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Timeless Portraits of the Oklahoma Panhandle

Some places seem to remain largely fixed in time despite the constant changes that occur in the world around them. The narrow strip of land, affectionately known as the Oklahoma Panhandle, is just one of those places. Even today, the … Continue reading

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Favorite canyons and gorges visited

The following lists identify my favorite canyons and gorges that have been visited over the years. They are broken into two categories – regular canyons/gorges and then slot/box canyons or chasms. As more are visited, they will be added to … Continue reading

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World’s largest h-y-p-h-e-n-a-t-e-d core cities

As a companion to the previous post on cities/towns with the most hyphens in their name, this post lists the largest cities (core city not metro area) that have a hyphen in their name. The minimum population for inclusion in … Continue reading

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World’s most hyphenated (and commaed) city/town names

While hyphenated city/town names dot the globe, it is the francophone communities of France and French Canada who dominated this category, In fact, only these two (2) nations produced any hyphenated city/towns with more than three (3) hyphens their name. … Continue reading

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