In October 2008 I took a two day road trip with my wife. We went to Indiana and then came back via some back roads along the river. Along the way we arrived at the scenic and unique riverside village called Rabbit Hash.
According to the Rabbit Hash website: “The town’s name, “Rabbit Hash” is said to have originated during the flood of 1847 when the abundant local rabbit population was driven to higher ground and became a food staple in a special stew called “hash.” Little documented history of Rabbit Hash actually survives, primarily because devastating Ohio River floods in 1884, 1913 and 1937 deluged the little town and ruined many records.”
Rabbit Hash is basically a small hamlet built around an old general store and fun concepts, such as a dog for Mayor. Lucy Lou is the second dog mayor, following the great lead of Junior Cochran.
The Rabbit Hash General Store has been around since before the 1930s. In 1937 it was completely submerged by a flood but has still remained standing. A walk through the store brings one back to those times with many unique items.
One can get all sorts of Rabbit Hash souvenirs, if interested. Fun Fun Fun.
Today I actually flew to Portland for iHigh work and a couple of hours to spare, so I took a drive south of Clackamas, where I am staying and made my way to Boring, a small town south of Portland.
Boring really is actually a nice town nestled in the fir covered hills heading towards Mt. Hood.
Boring was actually named after William H. Boring, who was an early resident of the area.He was a Union veteran who had moved out to Oregon after the Civil War and had served with the 33rd Illinois Infantry. Boring died in 1932 at the age of 91 and was buried with his wife Sarah in Damascus Pioneer Cemetery, just north of Boring.
Indeed, like other towns, there are many Boring things in Boring….like the fire department training tower above, and the Boring Mini Storage as seen below. (And wonder if the Yuuup guy, Dave Hester, from Storage Wars, would come here for an auction…)
And, of course, there is even a Boring Post Office–
In June 2007 I took a trip with my son Solomon down to Texas (see here for full trip report). Along the way we visited some unique places. Like Kentucky and West Virginia, Arkansas has a number of odd place names. Toad Suck is one of those places.
Like many odd named communities, Toad Suck has a small population.
“What does “Toad Suck” mean anyway? Well, the answer is quite simple… Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn’t, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said: “They suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.” Hence, the name Toad Suck. The tavern is long gone, but the legend and fun live on at Toad Suck Daze”
I looked for other signage on Toad Suck, but all I really got for photos was the one of me above taken at the park along the Toad Suck Ferry Lock and Dam.
I may want to note that there is a small gas station near the park called Toad Suck One Stop and they sell all sorts of Toad Suck gear, like t-shirts and such. Makes for a fine memento…