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

Welcome to Mars Welcome to Mars[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_828" align="aligncenter" width="360"]Vulcan, Alberta Vulcan, Alberta[/caption] [caption id="attachment_829" align="aligncenter" width="387"]Welcome to Vulcan Welcome to Vulcan[/caption] I really get a kick out of this town.  They have a Starship Enterprise statue, murals on the walls with Star Trek stars, etc. [caption id="attachment_1604" align="aligncenter" width="512"]Welcome to Vulcan (in Vulcan) Welcome to Vulcan (in Vulcan) — They also have one in Klingon!![/caption] If not a planet, about a Star?  Brightstar, Louisiana [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Brightstar, Louisiana[/caption] Then there are the town names that may conjure up an inappropriate thought: [caption id="attachment_764" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Intercourse, PA Intercourse, PA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1605" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Climax, North Carolina[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_1606" align="aligncenter" width="236"]Climax and High Point, NC Climax and High Point, NC[/caption] Here are few more quick ones: [caption id="attachment_768" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Lizard Lick, North Carolina Lizard Lick, North Carolina[/caption] [caption id="attachment_743" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Egg Harbor, Wisconsin Egg Harbor, Wisconsin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_723" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Braggadocio, Missouri Braggadocio, Missouri[/caption] 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) [caption id="attachment_830" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Waldo, Arkansas Waldo, Arkansas[/caption] 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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