View Full Version : Weird Town Names and Origins (III)

08-25-2008, 06:43 AM
Deadhorse, Alaska, USA
I thought this town’s name would have an exciting origin but it doesn’t. This town was actually named after a construction company (Deadhorse Company) that built it to support oil drilling and production in the area. I still cannot figure who the heck would name their company…
… Deadhorse?
I am almost certain that they did not sell horse feed. :)

Ding Dong, Texas, USA
Legend has it that Ding Dong’s weird name has something to do with the fact that it is located in Bell County. The town’s motto is “If you find yourself in Ding Dong, you had to have been looking for it.”

Egypt, Texas, USA
An individual by the name Eli Mercer established a plantation and ferry on the Colorado River. The area suffered from drought for a long time until Mercer provided corn to the region. People started calling the area Egypt for the biblical reference.

F**king, Austria
Yes, a town name that is a swear word. The correct way to actually pronounce the town name is "fooking," which was founded in the 6th century after a man whose name was Focko. This town has a serious sign-stealing problem, as you can imagine. I guess people just don’t believe it when you tell them, “I’ve been to F**king, Austria!”

French Lick, Indiana, USA
This town was one of the earliest outposts in the mid-West and was first settled by French traders over 200 years ago. This valley was a source of rich mineral springs, which attracted animals that flocked to lick the waters and wet rocks. The settlers nicknamed this valley "The Lick".