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

Happiness is another A to Z post.  Today I post about places that begin with the letter H. 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 write about places I haven’t personally visited. And why not start with something Happy?

I’ll take you to Hell and back on this post, but you will leave with some Hope and Happiness, among other things.



Happy is that way (notice it is the opposite direction from Hell — see below?)

There are only three towns named Happy in the United States, and I have been to two of them, which are both featured here.  The third is in Arkansas (near Searcy).  One day I may get there.  First off, we’ll visit the famed town of Happy, Texas.  Located in the southern part of the  Texas panhandle, the town of about 700 is a quaint little town with lots of happy!  Their town motto is “The Town Without a Frown.”

I visited Happy on Valentine’s Day 2020 and it was a fun trip, despite the rather dreary weather.  Lots of Happy places in this small town.  Even a Happy Cemetery (is there really such a thing?)

Yes, I am Happy!
Happy Cemetery, Happy, Texas
Welcome to Happy, Texas – The Town Without a Frown
A Happy Water Tower
Happy, Texas Post Office
If you are down in the dumps, you better visit the Happy Center.


Honestly, there is not as much Happy in Happy, Kentucky (that I could see), but it is still Happy!

Happy, Kentucky Post Office
I guess there are Happy Bibles? See them HERE
Happy Circle, Happy, Kentucky
Freewill always provides Happiness – Their Page
Sumoflam chooses happy!


This way to Hell (opposite direction from Happy!)

So, let’s take a great adventure from Happy to Hell.  (Their website is There are numerous theories on the name, but whatever they were, the name effectively stuck and became official on October 13, 1841.  This is one Hell you can go to and return home to tell about it.  And really, Hell is not a bad place in the summer (except for the mosquitoes), but it really can get cold in the winter time!

Hell has a sub-station Post Office and they will burn edges of your mail and provide a postage mark from Hell.  There is an ice cream shop (The Creamatory at Screams), a diner (Hell Hole Diner) and a Saloon (Smitty’s Hell Saloon).  You can also get souvenirs from Hell if you wish.

Welcome to Hell, Michigan
Hell Weather Bureau
Dam Fine Food and Spirits in Hell, Michigan
Hell Post Office – get your Hell-singed mail sent from here


Haltom City, TX

Now that you have been to Hell, let’s return back to Texas to a nice little suburb of Dallas called Haltom City.  There is some Friendly as well as a very unique museum, which is definitely worth a visit!

One of the main roads in Haltom City is Friendly Lane.  That’s always delightful.  Then there is the DFW Elite Toy Museum, with a massive collection of rare toys, mainly cars of all types.  Some are extremely rare!

Friendly Lane – Haltom, Texas
This is likely a friendly church
If you need a smile, go to Smiley’s for Ice Cream
Need a place to stay? How about the Dude Motel in Haltom City?
DFW Elite Toy Museum plaque in Haltom City, Texas
A section of the DFW Elite Toy Museum
Some of the many antique and rare collectibles in the Toy Museum
The Mormon Meteor
Miller Race Car
Unique Cars on display
And even a very rare Batmobile!


Hamilton, Ohio has many offerings, unique buildings and more.  But, it is also a town filled with some amazing murals.  Here are just a few.  I actually did a post in 2020 with many more murals.  Check out the post.

Hey Caddy-O was painted in 2018 by Nicole Trimble and some of her Miami, OH art students.
Incrementum was designed by Hamilton artist Paul Loehle and painted by Nicole Trimble
Golden Ethos by Florence, KY artist Christian Dallas and celebrates music in Hamilton
The Delicate Balance of Progress designed by Montreal artist Annie Hamel and painted by NIck Scrimenti in 2017
Sketchy Pigeon by Hamilton artist Logan Walden


The Dundas/Hamilton area of Ontario is up on the Niagara Escarpment and the area has over 100 waterfalls!!  During my time in Canada in 2008, I  made it to a couple of the better ones.

Webster Falls of Spencer Creek near Hamilton, Ontario. It has a drop of 72 feet.
Tew’s Falls is near Spencer Gorge north of Dundas, Ontario. It has a 135 foot plunge, just a few feet shorter than Niagara Falls.


Do you like chiles?  How about some of the best, which come from Hatch, New Mexico, the “Chile Capital of the World.”  Well, their chiles are amazing, but the town also has some big guys!!

Giant Uncle Sam with Chiles in Hatch, NM
Big Muffler Man in Hatch, NM
Go to Sparky’s Cafe in Hatch and you’ll see some vintage A&W Root Beer Family Folks on the roof.


I loved in Japan for a number of years and one of my favorite things to visit were the amazing castles from the 1300 – 1600s.  Perhaps the best of these is the Himeji Castle, which sits up on a hill overlooking the city Himeji.  Built in 1333 by Akamatsu Nomura and then got amajorfacelift in 1581 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It has 83 rooms and is the largest and most visited castle in Japan.

Himeji Castle in Himeji, Japan (taken in 1987)
Sumoflam at Himeji Castle in 1987


Hutto has over 3,000 hippos!

Hutto is a small community near Austin and Round Rock, Texas.  It is known for the high school mascot — the Hippos — and they can be seen all over the town.  In fact, they claim that there over 3,000 cement hippos dotting the town.  I’ll only give you a couple here.

The popular legend for the hippos comes from a story in 1915 when a circus train stopped in Hutto to take on passengers and apparently, a hippo escaped.  They had to stop other trains while they attempted to pull the huge hippo from the muddy waters of Cottonwood Creek.  As a result, the high school adopted the Hippo as their mascot, as early as 1923.

Hutto, Texas – home of the Hippos
Hutto Hippo
Hippo outside of Hutto High School
Got Hippo?


Holbrook is the main gateway to the Petrified Forest National Park and, as such is a huge tourist town.  You can see dinosaurs, petrified wood stores and a variety of other quirky and fun things. You can even sleep in a Wigwam at one of the three remaining Wigwam Motels in the U.S.

Wigwam Motel – Holbrook, Arizona
Sleep in a Wigwam
Dinos wait to greet you all over Holbrook
Welcome to Holbrook!
Jim Gray’s Petrified Wood Co. in Holbrook, AZ


Welcome to Hochatown

Hochatown is near Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Beavers Bend State Park. From the 1920’s to 1959, the town was also hailed as “the moonshine capital of Oklahoma.”  Today it is a tourist town with Bigfoot Tours and other touristy things.  I am not sure how the Bigfoot thing started in eastern Oklahoma, but it is always fun.  And check out the big muffler man with the cowboy  hat and golf club

Beware…Bigfoot area in Hochatown, Oklahoma
Big Golfer in Hochatown, OK

And now for a few other quick stops:

Hoboken, New Jersey

Home to Carlos Bake Shop!!

Carlos Bake Shop in Hoboken, NJ. Made famous by the show “Cake Boss”

Hope, Arkansas

What do former President Bill Clinton and Watermelons have in common?  HOPE you can get the answer!

Hope, Arkansas- birthplace of Bill Clinton and home of the world’s largest watermelon

Hopewell, Illinois

Home of another Whispering Giant Indian carving by Peter Toth.

Hopewell, IL Whispering Giant by Peter Toth.

Hugo, Oklahoma

Home to the Circus Cemetery.  Great tribute to the many circus performers.

Hugo, Oklahoma – Circus City and home of the Circus Graveyard
Showmen’s Rest – Circus Performer portion of the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hugo, OK
One of many circus-themed headstones in Showmen’s Rest

Helper, Utah

Tired of Muffler Men in this post?  How about the big black one in Helper, Utah, a famed coal mining town

A close up look at the big black muffler man in Helper, Utah

Heidelberg, Kentucky

Located along the lovely Sheltowee Trace.  It is divided by the Kentucky River and has a dam in place.  Got a lucky shot there and wanted to share it.

Scenic shot of Heidelberg Bridge that crosses over the Kentucky River. This is on KY 399

Heidelberg, Ontario

Speaking of Heidelberg, let’s jump up to Ontario to the Olde Heidelberg which has been around since the 1860s. Famous for their beer and for their pig tails!

Olde Heidelberg Restaurant in Heidelberg, Ontario
Pigtails and Bread — Yum!

I have so many more places I could add…but, I think we’ll end with a good old Home on the Range.

Home on the Range, North Dakota

Hope you enjoyed the ride! 

If you like what you see, you can check out my books which cover so much more!


You can get my books online!  The series now has five books and I am working on books six and seven. Book Six will be all about murals from all over the country!! Watch for them later this year.


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