I recently met with someone who was not familiar with the Bergen County area, and they wanted to know how to pronounce the great community of Ho-Ho-Kus. It got me thinking, as a local, I forgot how different some of the towns in our area sound to those who may not be from the area. In fact, the first thing that came to mind when they heard the town were thoughts of Christmas with the “HO HO.” Just for fun, I did a little digging and compiled a list of towns across the United States that some may consider a bit weird due to their names, but those who live in them know how fun they can be.
Santa Claus, Indiana
Located in southwestern Indiana sits Santa Claus, Indiana which was established in 1854 originally as Santa Fe. While working to establish a United States Post Office their application was refused as there was already Santa Fe, Indiana (which was pronounced differently) so the town changed their name to Santa Claus. Today, the town is home to one of the oldest theme parks, Holiday World. The small town grows in population during the summer months because it draws tourists from all across the nation and has many Christmas themed stores throughout.
Located in Garret County, the town of Accident is one of the earliest settlements in far west Maryland. The origin of the town remains unknown, but a popular story among locals is that a misunderstanding took place in 1774 when two land surveyors both laid claim to the same area “by accident.” Today the tight knit community is a place where neighbors know neighbors and everyone is willing to lend a hand when another is in need.
This unique town in Oklahoma got its name from a local grocery store owner by the name of James Slaughter.
Located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts is the booming town of Sandwich. It was first settled in 1637 and is named after the seaport of Sandwich in Kent, England. Many historic homes are found here as it’s the oldest town on Cape Cod.
Oatmeal is a small unincorporated community in Burnet County, Texas. It sits about 50 miles from the large city of Austin and was settled by the Germans in the 1840’s. Its name is believed to be an alternation of Mr. Othneil who was the area’s first gristmill owner.
Boring, Oregon is far from being boring. Located a short 25-mile drive outside of Portland it was named after one of the area’s first farmers, William Boring. The town hosts a lot of community events throughout the year and draws large crowds.
Sweet Lips, TN
Sweet Lips is a small unincorporated community in Chester County, Tennessee. You will not find a stop sign, school or even a post office in the small community of Sweet Lips. It’s mostly known for being home to many scenes in the 1973 movie, Walking Tall.
Rumor has it this town got its name from a bunch of drunks. It was established in 1977 and is about 100 miles northwest of Phoenix. The town is no longer home to any residents as of the last census but had a population of 4 in its height.