Towns of America A to Z: The E Towns #atozchallenge

I continue on my A to Z journey today as I take you on a trip to a few places that begin with the letter E.  I am going to endeavor to give you some fun places that begin with the letter E, including a town named Endeavor!  As with all of my posts, I have been to all of these places and all of the photography is mine as well.  I never writer about places I haven’t personally visited. ENJOY THE READ!  ENJOY THE RIDE!

 

EARTH, TEXAS

Earth is that way

I am going to start off with someplace familiar to all of my readers …. EARTH.  On a trip back home from Roswell, New Mexico and all of the UFO and alien stuff, it was ironic that we made our way into Texas to a place called Earth. The town was originally established by William E. Halsell in 1924. After naming it Fairlawn, he had to change the name since there was already a Fairlawn in Texas. He asked the townspeople to submit names and Earth was the choice!  There are about 1100 people in Earth.

Welcome to Earth!

Try Earth First – Earth, Texas

Yes, there is an Earth Police Department.

EIGHTY FOUR, PENNSYLVANIA

Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania

We’ll jump a couple thousand miles and head to Pennsylvania.  There are just a few towns with numbers as names  and Eighty Four is one of them. Like Earth, the town had a different name to begin with.  In the 1880s it was known as Smithville, but there was another Smithville in Pennsylvania so, in July 1884 the town was renamed Eighty Four.  Some suggest that it was named in honor of Grover Cleveland’s victory as President in the 1884 election.   In any case, it is now Eighty Four and is the home of the 84 Lumber Company.

 

Eighty Four, PA Post Office

ELBE, WASHINGTON

Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Co. – Elbe, Washington

Elbe is a very small community near Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. It has just above 30 residents.  However, there are may that commute to work in this touristy place.  It is home to the very popular Mt. Rainier Railroad Dining Co. It is also home to an old German Church, similar to one that sits along the Elbe River near Hamburg, Germany.  Yes, Elbe was named after that river.   Many visitors to Mount Rainier National Park stop here to either eat at the Railroad Diner or at the small burger place.

The Little White Church of Elbe, built in 1906

Mt. Rainier Dining Company, Elbe, WA

Elbe Railroad Dining Car

Scaleburgers – Elbe, Washington

ELORA, ONTARIO

This lovely little town sits along the Grand River in Ontario, Canada, but more specifically the Grand River Gorge, which are limestone cliffs cut deep by the river. Many of the buildings in the town are built out of the limestone common to the area.  Restaurants sit along the edge of the gorge and, on nice days, people sit outside dining overlooking the lovely gorge.

Elora Mill Inn, Elora, Ontario

Elora Gorge looking up river to the town of Elora

Elora Gorge as seen from the town of Elora

EL PASO, TEXAS

El Paso is the largest city in this post.  One of the large cities of Texas, it sits on the Rio Grande River just across from Juarez, Mexico.  I  really enjoyed my visit here in June 2019.  It was very warm, but we were in the comfort of an air conditioned car. For El Paso, I am going to feature the colors.  The town is colorful with many cross-border shops full of colorful items and clothes.  It is also a town full of colorful murals.

Welcome to El Paso (Bienvenidos!)

Colorful shop on the streets of El Paso, just a short walk away from the border with Mexico.

One of the many lovely murals on the walls of El Paso

A Train mural in El Paso

A unique mural from El Paso

EL PASO, ILLINOIS

On one of my cross country road trips I decided to drive through another El Paso, this time in the middle of Illinois, east of Peoria on US 24 where it intersects with Interstate 39.  I had no idea what I might find there, but I did come across a spooky old hotel that was abandoned. Just want to include it here.

Old Elms Restaurant and Hotel…built in 1858

EUFAULA, OKLAHOMA

Eufaula, Oklahoma doesn’t have a lot to look at.  But, there IS a unique place to eat there.  It is called “I Smell Bacon!”  How can you resist a place with Bacon in the name?

I Smell Bacon billboard…that should draw in the crowds!

I Smell Bacon Restaurant – Eufala, OK

ELDON, IOWA

Eldon, Iowa

So, you have never heard of Eldon, Iowa?  This is home to an iconic house that serves as the backdrop to American artist Grant Wood’s famous 1930s American Gothic painting – you know, the one with Ma and Pa and a pitchfork. Yep, the one that has been parodied 100s of times. In fact, at the visitors center you can get clothes, a pitchfork and more and go stand in front of the famed house (actually called the Dibble House), which was built in 1882.  As a side line, the two models in the original art never posed together.

Recognize the painting??

The Dibble House was used as the backdrop for Grant Wood’s painting

Yes, I can do the grumpy face with a pitchfork.

EGG HARBOR, WISCONSIN

Egg Harbor, Wisconsin

In 2012 I took a trip up to the Door County Peninsula of Wisconsin with my daughter and granddaughter.  We drove all the way through Egg Harbor and further up the Peninsula. The town of Egg Harbor sits on the west side of the peninsula facing Green Bay (the body of water, not the city) and Michigan.  While here, we enjoyed a nice view of the lovely waters, ate a nice lunch at the Shipwrecked Brew Pub and then got some ice cream at the Chocolate Chicken.  Even though its been ten years since our visit, both places are still serving customers.

One of many scenic views from Egg Harbor

If you make it up to Egg Harbor, you definitely should eat Shipwrecked.

Ice Cream, Chocolate, fudge and breakfast goodies at the Chocolate Chicken in Egg Harbor, WI

And now for a couple more unique-named places.

Endeavor, Wisconsin

Welcome to Endeavor, Wisconssin

Equality, Illinois

Equality, Illinois Post Office

Equality Fire Dept.

Embro, Ontario

Welcome to Embro, home of the Highland Games

Hope you enjoyed the ride!

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5 thoughts on “Towns of America A to Z: The E Towns #atozchallenge

  1. Jeanne Insalaco

    Hope you ate at the I Love Bacon and the chocolate ice cream place. Love all the names. We travel a lot… I love the unusual names We see

  2. Alice Gerard

    What a fun tour. I especially liked the Earth Police. All of those Space Aliens had better watch out!!! And then, there’s that beautiful gorge and the restaurant called “I love bacon.” I could go for a BLT!!! At any rate, thanks for the pictures and the fun!

  3. Dave Roller

    I live in an E town. Elgin, Illinois. There is a wonderful dr. who coffee house sandwich shop called the Blue Box Cafe. It’s the kind of place like you write about in your books and on your blog. Both the owners died last year kind of back to back. The workers have been still making a go of it. Hopefully it will survive.