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Old 05-28-2013, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Bedrolls now in NM and in TX.
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Only referring to the name, not the state of the place. I seem to recall that there is also Panhandle town called Whiteface that I have been within spitting distance of and which I assume is another cattle reference.
Yes there is a Whiteface in Cochran County. I've never been there though.

Bovina has a plastic bull memorial but is a dying town. My wife's family once owned a section of land there.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:12 PM
 
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They're no doubt confusing it with "Claiborne"
Very well could be.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Frequently mispronounced by non-locals (including some non-local Texans): Burnet. This goes both for the actual town and county, as well as the long north-south street in Austin. It does NOT of course sound like the last name of a famous female comedian whose first name is Carol.
Yep. Here is a jingle to help remember how to say it:
Burnet!
Durn it!
Can't you learn it!

How about Mobeetie (old or new) located in Wheeler County. I always get a kick out of that one. Especially if the story about how the name came about is actually true...

They wanted to name the town Sweetwater, but since it was already taken, they named it Mobeetie which is what they thought was the local Indian word for Sweetwater. Turns out Mobeetie stands for buffalo crap, lol. Town was moved a few miles north of its original location, but they decided to keep the same name...
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:11 PM
 
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Dislike Forney. Sounds like fornicate or some country bumpkin name.
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Old 05-28-2013, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I think the city fathers should go back to the original spelling of Huaco. Looks much more cool.

Names around DFW that I like that I haven't seen on the thread yet:

Pilot Point
Grapevine
Sachse
Waxahachie
Flower Mound
Prosper
Frisco

The name McKinney is not that special, but I love the conjunction with Collin McKinney and it being the county seat of Collin County.

Names that leave something to be desired:

Irving
Euless
Haltom City
Keller
Plano
Wylie (would move to the like column if the high school mascot was "Coyotes")

Don't really care for the girl named towns in my area, Anna and Melissa; but have appreciated them more when I found out the history. They were daughters of a train company man who got the next town up the line named for him, Van Alstyne.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I like:
Addison
Aledo
Alpine
Angleton
Aransas Pass
Argyle

Baytown
Bee Cave
Blue Mound
Bowie
Brazoria
Breckenridge
Bunker Hill Village

Canton
Celina
China Spring
Colleyville
Cool
Coppell
Corinth
Corpus Christi

Dallas
Dalworthington Gardens
Dripping Springs
Duncanville

Eureka (wherever that is)

Farmers Branch
Fate
Friendswood
Frisco

Garland
Granbury

Houston
Hudson Oaks

Irving

Kemah
Kennedale
Kountze
Kress

La Porte
Lancaster
Lipan
Lucas

Marfa
Magnolia
Marble Falls
Mason
Mexia (when said right!)
Mineral Wells
Muenster
Muleshoe

Nacogdoches
Nassau Bay
Nederland
Neiderwald
New Berlin (have no idea where this is, but love Berlin!)
Nocona

Oglesby
Orange
Ovilla

Palo Pinto
Pampa
Pasadena
Paradise
Pecan Gap
Pharr
Piney Point Village
Plano
Port Aransas
Port Lavaca
Presidio

Quanah

Rankin
River Oaks
Rosharon

Sachse
Seguin
Seminole
Shiner
Smiley
Sugar Land

Taft
Texas City
The Woodlands
Tomball

West
Willow Park
Weston

Texas has lots of cool city names!

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Old 05-29-2013, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I think the city fathers should go back to the original spelling of Huaco. Looks much more cool.

Names around DFW that I like that I haven't seen on the thread yet:

Pilot Point
Grapevine
Sachse
Waxahachie
Flower Mound
Prosper
Frisco

The name McKinney is not that special, but I love the conjunction with Collin McKinney and it being the county seat of Collin County.

Names that leave something to be desired:

Irving
Euless
Haltom City
Keller
Plano
Wylie (would move to the like column if the high school mascot was "Coyotes")

Don't really care for the girl named towns in my area, Anna and Melissa; but have appreciated them more when I found out the history. They were daughters of a train company man who got the next town up the line named for him, Van Alstyne.

I always thought Grapevine was especially quaint, and I had considerable occasion to be there at times during the 1960s, so remember it well, before it started to be swallowed up by the Metroplex. I also thought Flower Mound was especially pretty.

Your list illustrates something I was going to suggest earlier. The nicer names seem to mostly be those that aren't people's surnames. The town names that are just people's surnames for the most part don't sound as nice or as interesting; they don't intrinsically bring up any mental images unless you know the place either from RL or by reputation. And as someone pointed out, the towns/cities with Spanish names naturally sound "cooler" -- more interesting and colourful.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I'm surprised no one has cited Dime Box and Old Dime Box. Both are not too far from Giddings, though I've never been to either and I think Old Dime Box is basically a ghost town. The Wendish settlement of Serbin, where I have been, is nearby, but there's nothing there now but a Lutheran church. Anyway, surely Dime Box and Old Dime Box are cool names?
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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Rough quote from the tv show Grimm about Portland OR from a character coming from Vienna Italy that I thought was kinda funny: "There's a port, there's some land - Portland. They must have put a lot of effort into that."

I think of that quote every time I see Sugarland, Pearland, The Woodlands, Levelland, Pineland, and Richland. "We have some sugar and some land - Sugarland".

I also think Brownwood is a pretty sad town name. It's like the place was set up for mediocrity from the name onwards.

As for cool ones, near where I grew up there was a small town called "Menard", which referenced the French rule of Texas. I always thought that someone with some vision could have turned that into a primo faux-French tourist trap, since it's located near the German towns (Fredricksburg, etc) and close to San Antonio. Of course, no one with any vision actually stayed there past high school, so that plan was DOA.

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Old 05-29-2013, 08:28 AM
 
Location: In the realm of possiblities
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Pumpville ( cool ghost town), Goldthwaite ( always use to picture that yelling, so called comedian " Bobcat Goldthwaite" when we talked about the town), Boling, El Campo, Louise, Guy ( our town!), Needville ( was at one time named Needmore till someone found another town already named as such, so they changed it.), Damon, and Old Ocean. Never knew where the " New Ocean" was located. Lake Jackson ( never found the lake, but we didn't look too hard). My favorite town name, though, was Marlin Texas. It has a personal meaning for me.
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