- Historic Sites
Where’s That Again.?
October 1970 | Volume 21, Issue 6
Usually from a personal name, e.g. the creek in West Virginia for William Strange. Lost in the forest, he carved on a beech tree, “Strange is my name, / and I’m on strange ground, / and strange it is / that I cannot be found.” His skeleton and inscription were later discovered.
Some rocks were thus named in the early twentieth century for President Theodore Roosevelt, who was portrayed with prominent teeth by cartoonists.
Because close to Bible Creek.
Named in 1924 after Mark Twain and Bret Harte, both associated with the region in which the town is situated. Since Twain despised Harte, the coupling is ironic.
A coined name from “We want a post office.”
Along with Nankipoo and Koko, this name is from the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Mikado , apparently placed by an enthusiast for that work. …
By folk etymology from French aux iles au bois .