I’ve Been Everywhere – Part IV: Just a few more fun signs

The last couple of weeks I have focused on town name signs. On my last post I left off at Earth, Texas.  But there are a few more planets out there…real and fictional.

Welcome to Mars
Welcome to Mars

Perhaps Mars, Pennsylvania is the most famous of our planet named towns in the US. No one is sure how the name “Mars” came into being. Some say it was Samuel Park’s wife,  who enjoyed astronomy, and others aver that it might be shortened from Samuel Marshall’s name.  In any case, on March 6, 1895, Mars was incorporated as a borough.  Residents of Mars are often called “Martians”, or “Planets” because of the high school team name, The Fighting Planets.

There are a number of other places in the U.S. named after planets.  SenseList.com has a nice list of the many town names and place names.  Of all of those on that list, perhaps the most well known would include Jupiter, FL, and Blue Earth, MN, which is home to the Jolly Green Giant statue. But, there are other “planets” as well.  How about Romulus in Detroit (I have yet to get a photo of the town sign near the airport!!).  Then, try out Vulcan, Alberta.

Vulcan, Alberta
Vulcan, Alberta
Welcome to Vulcan
Welcome to Vulcan

I really get a kick out of this town.  They have a Starship Enterprise statue, murals on the walls with Star Trek stars, etc.

Welcome to Vulcan (in Vulcan)
Welcome to Vulcan (in Vulcan) — They also have one in Klingon!!

If not a planet, about a Star?  Brightstar, Louisiana

Brightstar, Louisiana

Then there are the town names that may conjure up an inappropriate thought:

Intercourse, PA
Intercourse, PA
Climax, North Carolina

There was actually not a Climax sign for the town, nor is there one for Climax, Kentucky.  But, if you are on Interstate 73 in North Carolina, you will see an Exit sign for Climax and High Point.

Climax and High Point, NC
Climax and High Point, NC

Here are few more quick ones:

Lizard Lick, North Carolina
Lizard Lick, North Carolina
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
Braggadocio, Missouri
Braggadocio, Missouri

And, where’s Waldo?  Well, in Arkansas of course (though Waldo is also in Kansas, Maine, Florida, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico and Wisconsin — see more here)

Waldo, Arkansas
Waldo, Arkansas

Want more strange town names for your upcoming trips?  Here are a few sites for you:

Weird U.S. Town Names

Funny Town Names

24 of the Funniest Town Names in America (Reader’s Digest)

America’s Funniest Small Town Names (AARP)

Towns with the Most Unusual Names (Travel Channel)

 

 

 

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From Earth to Vulcan

Welcome to Vulcan

A couple of days ago I posted an article about Earth, Texas.  Back in 2007 I had occasion to visit a friend of mine in Alberta, Canada.  One of the side trips we tool was to the town of Vulcan, which has taken full advantage of its name and the association with the TV show Star Trek.

Welcome sign in Klingon

Vulcan is a town located midway between the cities of Calgary and Lethbridge inthe prairies of Southern Alberta, Canada.  The population of the town was 1,940 in 2006, and the population of the county, which is also named Vulcan, was 3,718.  According to Wikipedia, “The town was named by a surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad in 1915 after the Roman God of Fire – Vulcan. Originally all the streets of Vulcan were named after gods and goddesses of the classical world such as Juno, Mars and Jupiter.”

Star Trek Wall

There are indications all over the town of Star Trek.  The town took on the Star Trek theme after the great popularity of the TV Show and now has Star Trek visitations all the time, as can be evidenced from their website (linked above).

Vulcan Public Library Sign

There is an Enterprise Restaurant, the visitor’s center is space themed (and you can even buy pointed Spock Vulcan Ears there!!).  They even have a statue of the Starship Enterprise!

Starship Enterpise – Crafty Jack and Sumoflam

As one drives around the town, there are signs for parks, etc., with the Enterprise logo…

Vulcan Iceplex Sign
Vulcan Country Club Sign

All told, Vulcan is a unique and interesting place to visit….

Vulcan Visitor Center
Welcome to Vulcan Plaque


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Vulcan, Alberta, Canada

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