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

There are Many places that Make up towns that begin with the letter M.  I hope to Magnify some of these Marvelous locations in this post.

From the town of Many to Metropolis, the home of Superman and on to a Magnificent Menagerie of other M towns, I am sure that you will Marvel at how fun these can be.

 

ENJOY THE READ!  ENJOY THE RIDE!

MARVEL, ALABAMA

I have always been a fan of Marvel heroes, so, on a road trip with my granddaughter, we made our way into the very small community of Marvel, Alabama, where there isn’t even a green sign by the road to tell you that you are there.  But, there is a church!  So, in our Maarvel t-shirts, we visited Marvel, Alabama!

Visiting Marvel, Alabama with my granddaughter

MANY, LOUISIANA

Welcome to Many, Louisiana

How could I not be close to a place named Many and NOT stop?  So, on to Many, Louisiana we visited. This town of a little over 2,800 is located in Sabine Parish in western Louisiana off of US 171.  It was named after a Colonel Many, an officer who had been stationed in nearby Fort Jesup.

The town is a nice little place with a cool looking theatre.  And though there are only a few cars, there is a Many Police Department.  I  could play puns all day with the Many water tower, the Many City Hall and the many other Many sites.  But, I suppose one is enough.  Following are just of the Many places I saw on the visit to this uniquely named town.

Though it says “City of Many,” there are really less than 3,000 Many Residents

Many Police

Many, Louisiana water tower. An oldie but a goody

The famous Sabine Theatre in Many, Louisiana

METROPOLIS, ILLINOIS

As many of you know, Metropolis is the fictitious city and home of Clark Kent and Superman.  Well, the town of Metropolis in Indiana has taken this on full time with a huge Superman statue in town square.  The newspaper is named “The Daily Planet,”  the same as that of the Superman comics. Lots of Superman things in this not so big Metropolis, which sits along the Ohio River.

Metropolis, Illinois – Home of Superman

A not so super Sumoflam with Superman in Metropolis

Superman Tour Bus Stop – Metropolis, Illinois

A not so super Supermarket Big John with Groceries in Metropolis

Even got a “Superdoggy”!!

MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN

Up in Canada, there is a town that also takes their name seriously, with the world’s largest Moose statue!  I first visited Moose Jaw in 1973 and then revisited it in 2005 to get the photo of the giant moose!

Sumoflam with Mac the Giant Moose in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

MOUNDSVILLE, WEST VIRGINIA

Moundsville is the home to the Grave Creek Mound, which is the largest conical type burial mound in the United States.  It is 62 feet high and 240 fee in diameter.   It was supposedly built from 250-150 B.C. by the Adena Indians and was apparently discovered by Constantine O’Neal in 1770.  Lewis and Clark visited in 1803.  Moundsville is also home to the castle-like West Virginia Penitentiary. 

The huge Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, WV

The Grave Creek Mound plaque explains it all

The historic West Virginia Penitentiary – used from 1866 to 1986.

MURDO, SOUTH DAKOTA

Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota

Murdo, South Dakota is just a dot on the map with about 500 people.  It was founded in 1907 by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad and became home to a roundhouse and railyard.   It was named in honor of cattle baron Murdo MacKenzie.  The town is located right off of Interstate 90 and is home to the Pioneer Auto Museum.  A few miles west at Exit 170 is the home of the 1880 Town and the now famous Skeleton Man Walking a Skeleton Dinosaur that can easily be seen from the westbound lane of the highway.

Skeleton walking a dino skeleton in a field off of Exit 170 on I-90 west of Murdo, SD

MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT

Mystic, Connecticut

Yes, this is the town with Mystic Pizza, the place made famous in the movie starring Julia Roberts in one of her very first films.  We visited the town of Mystic and dropped by Mystic Pizza for a photo op.  Always fun!

Mystic also has a nice port and a number of other unique sites, so the town is certainly worth a visit.

On a side note, we skipped the pizza and visited a place with Thai Food while in Mystic.  It was excellent!

Mystic Pizza – Mystic, Connecticut

Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT

Downtown Mystic

MARS, PENNSYLVANIA

Throughout these posts I will take you to a few places in outer space.  We have already visited Earth and in this post we will visit Mars and Moon.  Later on we’ll visit Uranus and Vulcan.  Mars is near I-76, on PA 228.  Nobody is sure how the name came to be, but it was incorporated in 1895.  The real treasure of Mars is the Flying Saucer in their downtown square.

Welcome to Mars, PA

Mars, PA Flying Saucer in town square

Yes, Martians need a Bank too!

MOON TOWNSHIP, PENNSYLVANIA

Not too far from Mars is Moon Township.  Legend has it that the settlers that arrived there named it “Moon” because of the crescent-shaped curvature of the Ohio River there.  And the name has stuck.  I visited because I needed to add the town to my unique town name collection.

Welcome to Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Moon Police

MARSHIFIELD, WISCONSIN

Welcome to Jurustic Park

While on the M towns, I certainly can’t forget one of the best places — Marshfield, Wisconsin is home to the famed Jurustic Park.  This is one of those must see unique attractions out there on the back roads of America.  Hundreds of great scrap metal creation by retired attorney turned artist Clyde Wynia. Some of his creations, such as the 18 foot tall dragon, are worth the visit.  Here are a couple shots, but you can see much more by visiting an old blog post of mine at http://sumoflam.biz/Wisc2012Day2.htm

18 foot tall dragon created by Clyde Wynia

Sumoflam with dragon

No smoking at Jurustic Park. The Butt stops here

Dragon head

Another Dragon Head

And now for a few more quick looks at some other M places

Munfordville, Kentucky

Home of Kentucky Stonehenge

Munfordville is home to Kentucky Stonehenge

Kentucky Stonehenge

Miami, Oklahoma

Gateway to Route 66 in Oklahoma

Miami, Oklahoma on Route 66

Millersburg, Ohio

In the middle of Amish country in Ohio.  Also home to a special street name.

No Name Street – Millersburg, Ohio

Moriarty, New Mexico

Yet another Route 66 town!

Route 66 in Moriarty, NM

Lovely Route 66 mural in Moriarty, NM

Mt. Airy, North Carolina

This is the Mayberry of the Andy Griffith Show.  And yes, I got a pork chop sandwich while I  was there!

Get a yummy Pork Chop Sandwich at Snappy Lunch in Mt. Airy (Mayberry)!

Snappy Lunch clock

Cooking up those yummy pork chop sandwiches

Morro Bay, California

Home to a beautiful beach scene

Morro Bay, California

Manchester, Washington

A great place for a cool view of Seattle across the Puget Sound

Manchester, Washington

Seattle as seen from Manchester, Washington

Missoula, Montana

Home of Big Sky Brewing and the interesting Moose Drool Ale

Big Sky Brewing – Missoula, Montana

Moose Drool Ale – Big Sky Brewing – Missoula, Montana

Moose Drool Ale

And that’ll do it for the M towns — so many more…

Hope you enjoyed the read and the ride! 

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