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Old 12-08-2011, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Kansas territorial governor James Denver gave Denver, CO its name.
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:27 PM
 
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St. Paul: The first white settlement was called Pig's Eye, named after a French-Canadian trapper whose real name was Pierre Parrant. He had a disfigured eye that some said looked like a pig's, and the nickname stuck. He established a trading post here, just downriver from Fort Snelling. Years later, a missionary named Father Lucien Galtier arrived from Montreal and started the first Catholic church in the territory, which he named the Church of St. Paul. Thankfully, when the city was incorporated it took the name of the church, rtaher than the trading post proprieter.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora de Porciuncula la Reina de Los Angeles - Town of Our Lady of Porciuncula the Queen of the Angels. Porciuncula is a church near Assisi, Italy where legend has it that angels were heard singing at the church. The town waqs founded in 1781 on what was then called the Porciuncula River. The town and river were later renamed Los Angeles.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:01 PM
 
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Atlanta-western & atlantic railroad- atlantic ocean- atlantis
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:06 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Philippe, Duc D'Orleans, regent of France
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Charleston (SC)

Charles Towne, founded 1670, named after King Charles II of England
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Chicago means striped skunk in Illinini/Miami language.

The area smelled bad because of wild onions growing. That's why they called it Skunk.

It was pronounced Checagou but the French changed it.
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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What are the origins for the name of your city? Was it borrowed from and another city of the same name? Was it named in honor of somebody? Was it named after a topographical feature? Explain how your home city, or a city you know well or are fond of was named?

Where I live, Salem, MA and nearby Boston like many New England cities and towns were borrowed names from towns in Old England.
Same here in NJ. Shrewsbury is a town on the English-Wales border.
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:30 PM
 
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memphis got the title of "the city of good abode". it is interesting, i just saw a program on the history of memphis of pbs last night. several times, before the malaria outbreak and the martyrs of memphis, it was mentioned several times about being a gambling town, rough, rowdy, and the like. there was a minister who stood on the street corners and told the citizens that they had so many days to clean memphis up morally, before a black cloud was to appear, in order to purge the city of the title of "sin city". supposedly, the prostitution districts, gambling, and mafia-related gangs continued, so yellow fever hit the city and killed thousands upon thousands, reducing the city to about 5,000 residents. originally, it was more than 25,000. the name remained, even though the city was a pretty wild place to be.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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Named after a city in Sicily also know for salt mining, which is the first industry in the area. Many cities and towns in this part of NY have Mediterranean based names.
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