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Old 12-10-2011, 12:01 PM
 
Location: St. Joseph Area
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The nearest city to me, St. Joseph, MI, was named after the St. Joseph River which flows through the town into Lake Michigan. The town is directly on the lake.

My own town, Bridgman, is ten miles south and was named after the founder of the railroad depot which shipped farmers' crops to the Chicago market in the 1800s. Used to be called "Laketon" because it also is on Lake Michigan.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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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.
Interesting! I'm guessing it was the Chamber of Commerce types who gave Memphis that moniker, given its history.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Ville de La Nouvelle-Orléans
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La Nouvelle Orleans, ( New Orleans ) named after the French Duke of Orleans, a city in France.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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We're named after someone named Dallas, but who? No one knows.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: USA
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Shreveport was named for Captain Henry Miller Shreve, a New Jersey native who with his crew, cleared the Red River of the logjam which caused the river to overflow and create swamps. Once the clearing had taken place, the land was turned into a nice river valley.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:34 AM
 
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New York City was originally New Amsterdam after Amsterdam the capital of Holland as it was the Dutch who originally arrived in the area. After the British took over they changed the name to New York after the English duke of York (which is actually a city in England).
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Old 12-12-2011, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Lancaster, TX
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We're named after someone named Dallas, but who? No one knows.
Here's an interesting article I found about the disputed origins of the name Dallas: How did Dallas get its name?

The city of Lancaster, Texas was founded by settlers from Lancaster, Kentucky, who named the new community after their former hometown.

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Old 12-12-2011, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay`·.¸¸ ><((((º>.·´¯`·><((((º>
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Oldsmar in FL> named for R.E.Olds the person who created the first Oldsmobile

automobile.
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Minneapolis...

The Mdewakanton band of the Dakota Indians were one of the few tribes that spoke English and were likely taught this by the early Viking Explorers who probably brought along some of their English captives with on their new world explorations.

Apples were and still do grow profusely in the area and the custom of a social event in the harvest and preparation of these apples into pastries and pies resulted in large mounds of apple peels to accumulate.

Naturally the area became known as many apple peels which the later European explorers bastardized into what the city is known as today.
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:54 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Here's an interesting article I found about the disputed origins of the name Dallas: How did Dallas get its name?

The city of Lancaster, Texas was founded by settlers from Lancaster, Kentucky, who named the new community after their former hometown.
The Kentuckians probably came from Lancaster, PA! It's fun to see names progress across the country. There is a Lancaster County Nebraska, along with a York and a Hershey. They must have been homesick for Lancaster Co., PA and environs.

Lyons Twp, Ill. was named for Lyons NY which was named for Lyons, France.

Aurora, CO was named for Aurora, IL which was named for Aurora, NY.
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