Odd Town Names: Texas Excels in Them and We’re Downright Proud

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With its size continually being noted in memes and compared in articles and online, Texas has always been known for its space. But, there is one more thing the Lone Star State has more of than that, and that’s character. Having 3,300 towns and cities, coupled with a history that spans centuries, it would come as no surprise that when naming some of our locales, we took a few liberties.

Southern Living took note of some of those names of Texas towns and cities that stand out in a crowd. Some might think we’d be embarrassed, but in actuality, we’re downright proud of the odd town names we’ve developed over the years! In noting our creativity, their article mentioned places such as Bigfoot – the town named for William A. “Bigfoot” Wallace, a Texas revolutionary and former resident. It was made clear that this name had not been chosen due to sightings of the infamous character of popular myth.

Odd Town Names: Texas Excels in Them and We’re Downright Proud

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They also made mention of Bug Tussle, noting, “This unincorporated community was given its unique moniker after a swarm of insects spoiled a 1890s ice cream social. Talk about a grudge!” Then they went on in alphabetical order for some 17 additional odd town names, including Cut and Shoot, Dime box, and Ding Dong, which had what they determined to be the funniest naming story on the list. It seems that in the 1930s, brothers Zulis and Bert Bell ran a country store that was located between Florence and Kileen. As a joke, advertising for the store featured two bells (a take off their last name, of course), which were labeled “Ding” and “Dong,” and the story goes that the name stuck with the town ever since!

Gun Barrel City was noted for its motto, which is “we shoot straight with you,” and is said to have inspired its name with it was incorporated in 1969. The Southern Living story also covered placed like Lazbuddie, Mobeetie, Mexia, Nacogdoches, and Pflugerville. Tarzan had an interesting backstory. Back in 1927, Tant Lindsey, a local business owner, submitted the titles of 14 books to the U.S. Post Office with respect to what could be chosen as the town’s name. The winner was Tarzan!

Odd Town Names: Texas Excels in Them and We’re Downright Proud

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