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October 24, 2016

Louisiana Music Map

In this week’s Maphead piece for Condé Nast Traveler, I write about the weird history of Westwego, Louisiana, which bills itself as the only town in America whose name is a complete sentence.

I was unable to find any other burg making a similar claim, so I let it slide. But then, checking out Westwego in a road atlas, I noticed a possible competing claim just on the other side of Lake Ponchartrain: Uneedus, Louisiana. (Sure enough, the history checks out. Uneedus comes from “You need us,” the slogan of a nearby lumber company.)

If there was another candidate just a few parishes north, I’m now skeptical that the rest of the national map is entirely bereft of complete sentence towns. Just because I couldn’t find Let’s Dance, Oregon or God Saves, Arkansas in any gazetteer doesn’t mean they (or, more likely, similar examples) don’t exist.

So let’s crowdsource this. Does anyone know of any American toponyms that are complete sentences? They have to originate as a complete sentence, not just grammatically resemble one. “Wichita Falls” doesn’t count.

Posted by Ken at 10:58 am