Category Archives: toponymy

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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Place Name Hall of Fame: Distinctly recognizable town/small and mid-sized city names

The following list identifies those towns/small cities that have distinctly recognizable names — ones that are well-known enough that most people would have immediately have a mental image of it if the place was mentioned in conversation or literature, even … Continue reading

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Albuquerque – A city at the convergence of unparalleled geophysical landforms

One of most interesting aspects about metropolitan Albuquerque is the distinctive geological and geographical perspectives that can be observed while traveling through and around the city. In each of the four primary compass directions, the geophysical attributes are noticeably different. … Continue reading

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Cities pronounced the same, but spelled differently

The following list identifies cities and towns whose names are pronounced the same, but are spelled differently. Any additions, suggestions, or corrections, are most welcome. Enjoy! Ashville, OH <-> Asheville, NC Baalbek, Lebanon <-> Balbec, IN – Thank you, Dan! … Continue reading

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City names containing two or more first names

Below is a list of cities and towns in the USA and Canada that contain at least two (2) first names within the city/town’s name. Informal and formal variations of the same name, such as “Al” and “Alan,” “Rich” and … Continue reading

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Places that should be National Parks

The photos speak for themselves, but the list below are some of the beautiful and inspiring places in the United States (and one in Canada) that this author believes should be National Parks. Some are already part of the National … Continue reading

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Cities Named for Obstacles to River Navigation

Guest post by Dan T. – Thank you, Dan! North America is a land of many rivers. Rivers which served the earlyEuropean explorers, traders, and settlers as highways, just as they hadfor the indigenous people. However, moving along those highways … Continue reading

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