Only place named Only

Only, Tennessee

On a trip to Texas, which included my daunting 18 hour back roads drive from Lexington via Bugtussle, KY thru Bugtussle, TX to Keller, TX (the only documented such trip that I am aware of!! see it here), I found a little village in Tennessee named Only.  It is just a few miles from Bucksnort, TN.  There is not much there, but what I did find was classic!!

The one and only Only Baptist Church

Driving into only I found a couple of houses, a huge old barn and the only Only Baptist Church around, that I am aware of.

This way to the Only Baptist Church

There is very little information about Only.  Nothing on the internet that I can find.  But, it is a really small place in the middle of Hickman County, Tennessee.

The Only Rd. to Only, TN


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I am certain this is Uncertain

Uncertain, Texas

Welcome to Uncertain, TX, a small village on the side of Caddo Lake in eastern Texas bordering Louisiana.  This is the home of the largest natural fresh water lake in Texas and is also home to a huge swamp…yes, gators and pelicans and swamp things, oh my…

The Uncertain General Store and Grill

Uncertain derives its name from surveyors who were attempting to delineate the border between Texas and Louisiana and discovered that they were “uncertain” as to which side of the line they were on as they began surveying that particular part of Caddo Lake.  I can imagine why this is.  The swamp always changes.

I got to Uncertain on a cool February morning in 2010.  Fisherman were readying their boats to head to the swamp…all bundled in warm clothes.  The village was quiet, only the sound of birds in the air.  So, I drove around, got a few photos and enjoyed the beauty of the swamp on a brisk, early morning…

The Church of Uncertain

After seeing the unlikely name of a church….A Church of Uncertain…I was hooked into this place.

Uncertain Inn … An Uncertain Place to Stay
Uncertain Department of Tourism

The swamp is quite serene and beautiful.  Here are three photos I took of the swamp.

Caddo Lake, TX near Uncertain, TX
Caddo Lake, TX near Uncertain, TX
Caddo Lake, TX near Uncertain, TX

On the way out of town, you can also stop at:

Uncertain Tavern — Not certain what you can get here


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Maybe not strange, but Peculiar…

Peculiar, MO

Just as there is a Normal in Illinois, there is a Peculiar in Missouri.  Yes, this is more than a strange name for a town, it is a Peculiar name.  On a trip to Kansas City in January 2011, I made my way to Peculiar.

Peculiar welcome sign

I love hitting places like this.  According to legend, Peculiar received its name when the first postmaster, Edgar Thomson, had his first choice, Excelsior, rejected because it already existed in Atchison County, MO. Apparently, a number of  other choices were also rejected. So, the annoyed Thomson wrote to the Postmaster General to complain saying, among other things, “We don’t care what name you give us so long as it is sort of ‘peculiar’.” Thomson submitted the name “Peculiar” and the name was approved. The post officewas established on June 22, 1868.  Peculiar was later incorporated in 1953.

Peculiar Post Office

It is fun to drive around a town like Peculiar and notice all of the peculiar things.  Here are a few.

A Peculiar Police Car
A Peculiar Elementary School
A Peculiar Drive In
A Peculiar Church
And let’s not forget…A Peculiar Water Tower

Getting to Peculiar is actually quite easy if you are on the freeway heading to Kansas City from St. Louis.  Here is a map:

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