What’s in a name? A Texas town by any other name . . . (redux)

. . . would still be a Texas town.

(This is an encore post of a piece that is five years old, and borrowed from a kid who has since graduated from Texas schools on gone on to Princeton; see bottom for additional, updated information.)

But Texas towns have some of the best names of towns in the U.S. Plus, there are a lot of Texas towns, plus 254 Texas counties.

Freckles Cassie at Political Teen Tidbits has a great list:


Need to be cheered up?

Happy, Texas 79042
Pep, Texas 79353
Smiley, Texas 78159
Paradise, Texas 76073
Rainbow, Texas 76077
Sweet Home, Texas 77987
Comfort, Texas 78013
Friendship, Texas 76530

Go see the entire list — and maybe add a few of your favorites in the comments. An ambitious geography teacher could make a couple of great exercises out of those lists. “What’s the shortest distance one would have to drive to visit Paris, Italy, Athens and Santa Fe? How many could you visit in the shortest time?”

Texas counties, all 254 of 'em, from Geography.com

Texas counties, all 254 of ’em, from Geography.com

More, and updated information:

And, just in case Cassie’s old, dormant blog ever goes awry or away, here’s her entire post:

Weird Names for Texas Towns

Need to be cheered up?

Happy, Texas 79042
Pep, Texas 79353
Smiley, Texas 78159
Paradise, Texas 76073
Rainbow, Texas 76077
Sweet Home, Texas 77987
Comfort, Texas 78013
Friendship, Texas 76530

Love the Sun?

Sun City, Texas 78628
Sunrise, Texas 76661
Sunset, Texas 76270
Sundown, Texas 79372
Sunray, Texas 79086
Sunny Side, Texas 77423

Want something to eat?

Bacon, Texas 76301
Noodle, Texas 79536
Oatmeal, Texas 78605
Turkey, Texas 79261
Trout, Texas 75789
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
Salty, Texas 76567
Rice, Texas 75155
And top it off with:
Sweetwater, Texas 79556

Why travel to other cities? Texas has them all!
Atlanta, Texas 75551
Buffalo, Texas 75831
Detroit, Texas 75436
Colorado City, Texas 79512
Denver City, Texas 79323
Klondike, Texas 75448
Nevada, Texas 75173
Memphis, Texas 79245
Miami, Texas 79059
Boston, Texas 75570
Santa Fe, Texas 77517
Tennessee Colony, Texas 75861
Reno, Texas 75462

Feel like traveling outside the country? Don’t bother buying a plane

Athens, Texas 75751
Canadian, Texas 79014
China, Texas 77613
Dublin, Texas 76446
Egypt, Texas 77436
Ireland, Texas 76538
Turkey, Texas 79261
London, Texas 76854
New London, Texas 75682
Paris, Texas 75460

No need to travel to Washington D.C.
Whitehouse, Texas 75791

We even have a city named after our planet!
Earth, Texas 79031

And even another planet:
Venus, Texas 76084

And a city named after our State!
Texas City, Texas 77590

Energy, Texas 76452

Blanket, Texas 76432
Winters, Texas

Like to read about History?
Santa Ana, Texas
Goliad, Texas
Alamo, Texas
Gun Barrel City, Texas
Robert Lee, Texas

Need Office Supplies?
Staples, Texas 78670

You guessed it… it’s on the state line:
Texline, Texas 79087

For the kids…

Kermit, Texas 79745
Elmo, Texas 75118
Nemo, Texas 76070
Tarzan, Texas 79783
Winnie, Texas 77665
Sylvester, Texas 79560

Other city names in Texas to make you smile…

Frognot, Texas 75424
Bigfoot, Texas 78005
Hogeye, Texas 75423
Cactus, Te xas 79013
Notrees, Texas 79759
Best, Texas 76932
Veribest, Texas 76886
Kickapoo, Texas 75763
Dime Box, Texas 77853
Old Dime Box, Texas 77853
Telephone, Texas 75488
Telegraph, Texas 76883
Whiteface, Texas 79379
Twitty, Texas 79079

And last but not least, the Anti-Al Gore City
Kilgore, Texas 75662

And our favorites…

Cut n Shoot, Texas
Gun Barrell City, Texas
Hoop And Holler, Texas
Ding Dong, Texas
Muleshoe, Texas


9 Responses to What’s in a name? A Texas town by any other name . . . (redux)

  1. jsojourner says:


    I’ve a niece who lives in Hurricane, West Virginia. Pronounced just like your Utah town. Go figure.


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    And Hurricane, Utah, which has never seen one.

    (Besides, there it’s pronounced hurrr’-a-kun.)


  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Back in the day before the new state road went in, the quickest route from Blue Ball to Paradise ran right through Intercourse.

    You’ll never convince me the road commission in Pennsylvania wasn’t composed of prudes.


  4. jsojourner says:

    Who hasn’t heard of Intercourse, Pennsylvania? And their tourist-kitsch postcards which read…

    Oh well…this is a family blog. :-)


  5. JamesK says:

    Heh. Sounds like if there was a Snowproof Minnesota.

    Which to my knowledge there isn’t.


  6. Bob Becker says:

    Thee’s Waterproof, La. Which I gather in hurricane season sometimes is not.


  7. JamesK says:

    The best name for a town in any state is NowThen, Minnesota.

    If only because that’s exactly what happens when you drive through it which takes at most 20 seconds.


  8. Grant says:

    My father was born in Odessa, Texas. It was such a small town that they called it O-desolate!


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