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Poet deVine
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If you don't know by now, our fearless leader, Ron, lives in Colon, Michigan! Here's a challenge in the form of a scavenger hunt! Find out WHY it's named that....now you can't send Ron an email...that's cheating....

Also, let's hear some other towns/cities names that are too weird..such as:

Bad Axe, Michigan

Tukwilla, Washington

Sharon, Pennsylvania

Yazoo, Mississippi

This could be a long project....keep your kids busy this summer!!! LOL
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1 posted 05-05-2000 12:47 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Camen SanDiego?


I don't know but my town has a funky name...
DeKalb Illinois.  Scavenger hunting eh? Sounds good to me! *looking around for that Atlas, I know it's here somewhere*

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You also have to know WHY they called it that....a bit of history!!!
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Because it's located in the bowels of Michigan?? or maybe it's where independent type sentences are, beclaused... well... at least they didn't call it "Semi-Colon".. because I know that every body there couldn't possibly live up to that sort of punctualization....um.. punctuation... Besides, then Ron would have to be a truck driver... I don't think he's cut out for that...   
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Colon, Michigan was founded in the mid 1830ís by the Schellhouse family, one of the first to settle in the area. It was named by Lorensie Schellhouse when he opened a dictionary at random and saw the word: "colon." He indicated the town would be named that, as he felt the lake and the river resembled the shape of a colon.


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Great job, Echo!  

Did anyone realize this small, rural community holds the title of Magic Capital of the World because of a very strange history?
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Sharon, strange names?  Texas has a slew of em: Flat, Fairy, Pancake, Bangs, Clute...just to name a few...as well as Old Ocean, which lies roughly 60 miles from the Gulf of Mexico..kinda makes me wonder where New Ocean is.....

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Interesting topic... I must add my 2 cents.

Well, this isn't really a town, it's more like a speck on the map, but it does exist. It's called Big Ugly Creek, West Virginia.

Need I say more?

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Well, though I live no where near this town, I have always found it a quite strange and unusual name....Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  And since you asked for the meaning too here it is...it is a rather interesting one. Apparently the early settlers were overwhelmed at times by the huge numbers of nearly-invisible gnats that infested the region. The nickname for these gnats was "punkies", a name you'll still find in a good dictionary. So Punxsutawney is merely the "town of punkies."


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This is great!! Ok, Melanie, please find out why Sharon, Pennsylvania was named that...

any more strange ones?
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Just finished reading the story about Colon being the 'Magic Capital of the World'.. fascinating! (Loved the pic of the guys in their shorts).....
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Let's not forget that Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is also the official home of THE groundhog - The one that tells us when winter will go away.....
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Ok, I think that much more needs to be told about the great state of Michigan. . .

It's the only state that's actually NORTH of Canada. . .yes, if you look at a map, you'll see that part of southeastern Michigan is NORTH of the city of Windsor, Ontario.

It's the only state that has 2 peninsulas.

It's the home of one of the world's largest bridges, the Mackinac Bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac and joining the two peninsulas.

It's not only the home for the Big 3 auto makers, but also Gerber baby foods, Steelcase Office Furniture, Amway, and a whole lot of other companies.

We're the home not only to the Magic Capital of the World in Colon, but the Christmas Capital in Frankenmuth, the Cherry Capital in Traverse City, and the Furniture Capital in Grand Rapids.

We're the home of the three-time Stanley Cup winning Red Wings (WOO HOO!) and the current 2000 NCAA Basketball Champion Michigan State Spartans (GO GREEN!!!)

Not only that, but every person living here in Michigan has 2 maps of the state with them at all times. . .at the ends of their arms!!  LOL

So thank you, and thus ends the one year of Michigan History that I thought I would never use. . . LOL

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Sven, you forgot, we are called Michiganders and we became a state in 1837!
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You also forgot one of my favorite places in the whole world (beats the crap out of Disney Land and Universal Studios):

Holland, Michigan (would that be the Wooden Shoe Capital?)

And while I can't vouch for it's authenticity, they say you can stand anywhere in the state of Michigan and be no more than a mile from a body of water. (Can you say "HUMID?" I knew you could!   )
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Hey Sven, don't you consider Alaska a state, now thats really North of Canada.
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I'd like to know where the name Stink Water Pass in Oregon came from. To the best of my knowledge there is on water near it.

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Mayo, FL
Bacon , GA
Olive, OK
Sandwich, IL
Bread Loaf, VT
Lettuce Branch, NC
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Talk about strange names for towns, how about Intercourse, PA and Bird-In-Hand, PA? Yep, they are for real. The boys in grade school sure had fun with these...LOL....and I do not want to know how these originated!

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Ron, deVine, I didn't forget... just wanted to see if you were up on these things too!!  And thank you for bringing those points up!!

And Parker, I should have said the continuous 48 states. . . thank you for pointing that out. . .

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All I know about Sharon, PA is that the original settlement developed about 1802 around a gristmill. It was laid out in 1815 and was probably named for the biblical plain.




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What about "No Where" Washington?
Can anyone find that one?
More on the way soon!
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How about Nag's Head, NC? I don't know anything about this cities history, but that's pretty wierd.

And hey, what about Kennebunkport Maine?


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Jeffrey:

NC legend tells that Nags Head was given its name by a tactic pirates used to lure ships to run aground along the North Carolina Outer Banks.  It is said that lanterns were hung from the necks of horses (hence "Nags") and those navigating the ships, thinking the lantern was from a lighthouse, would find themselves stranded in the shallows.  Just thought you might like to know.  

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And very near Nags Head is Kill Devil Hills...and Kitty Hawk (Wright Brothers!)....
 
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