January 04, 2007
UPDATE: Clean outta sight
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP)...488 communities wiped from this year's version of the state highway map will be restored, the Georgia Department of Transportation said Wednesday. Read the rest of the story.
Walker County in the northwest part of the state lost several of its little communities including Villanow, where the old general store dating back to 1840 is on the National Register of Historic Places (it’s for sale if anyone is interested in a bucolic life as a rural gas hole proprietor). I mean, little placeholders, especially registered ones, deserve respect, right?
On the other hand,
Here is a list of all the ones I think should be reinstated, based on nothing more than it being a cool-sounding name or otherwise rife with southern culture/irony (which to me is at least as valid an argument as wanting to save ink):
Bill Arp (and the world according to him)
Dixie Union (there’s that irony)
Experiment (why, without chemicals...)
Flintstone (a page right out of history)
Free Home (with coupon)
Hopeulikit (and who wouldn’t?)
Killarney (I hope to spend Christmas there some day)
Magnet (a tourist trap)
Mountain Hill (which is it?)
Mulberry Grove (evr’body wants to live in a town called Mulberry Grove)
Nacoochee (a popular place in the
Needmore (near Nacoochee, I’m sure)
Okefenokee (gotta have a town named after yer most famous swamp)
Ola (que pasa, ecce?)
Phinizy (way out in the countrazizzle)
Retreat (home of the second dessert!)
View (realtors love it)
There are several more that I propose for reinstatement on topical grounds:
Any place where a deal could be made with Satan - Byne Crossroads, Jones Crossroads, Murrays Crossroads and (for the aged and downtrodden) Po Biddy Crossroads.
Any place that has a distinct geographical connection to elsewhere:
Any place that was obviously the name of a beloved wife or dog: Jake, Rowena, Rupert, Roscoe, Rover, Matt.
Places that make pot smokers giggle: Hemp, Leaf, Redbud.
And there are six places where I think at least three should be given a chance to stay if victorious in a last man standing town versus town cage match:
Nicholasville vs. Nicholsville
I wonder which would the Welsh be more offended by - nonexistence or classification as monsters? Come to think of it there are a few places in Atlanta that could rightly claim such.
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