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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby ExcitableBoy » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:22 pm

Apparently in the Trango Towers region the first climbers in the area were guided by a local. Nobody had seen these spires before so when the climbers asked the guide what the names were, he just pulled names out of thin air, not wanting to dissapoint his clients.
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby surgent » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:39 pm

lcarreau wrote:Why, Arizona ... as in, why the holy hell am I living here ...?

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I love Why! What a neat little place. I assumed it was named because it's at a Y-junction of two highways.

For unusual place names, just go east a bit onto the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation. There are little towns/locales like Gurli Put Vo, Uhs Kug, Schuchk, Totopitk, Kaka, and my favorite, Peach Pu. There's even a small road-side sign pointing to Peach Pu off of state route AZ-86.
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby OWilderness » Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:49 pm

There's always Cumsack Mountain up in BC!
http://travelingluck.com/North%20Americ ... #local_map
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby Arthur Digbee » Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:34 pm

Hate to leave the phallic theme but other weird names:

Charlies Bunion (Smokies)
The Nipple (Guadalupes)
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby butitsadryheat » Tue Mar 13, 2012 8:25 pm

Kiefer Thomas wrote:Dicker's Peck

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Pecker's Dick looks like a lizard
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby Buz Groshong » Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:19 pm

Here in the east there's a chimney rock and a buzzard's rock every where you look. We've also got a few Sugarloafs. There seems to be few Mollie's Nipples out in the southwest.
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby NW » Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:28 pm

We have a place here called Kouchibouguac.
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby desainme » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:02 pm

Ragged Mtn is fairly common, 2 in Maine, 1 New Hampshire, 1 Virginia, 1 Colorado, Ragged top mtns in Wyoming and Arizona- probably others. Pocomoonshine Mtn ( Maine) is not unique but sounds cool since there is one in New York spelled with a k and hyphens. There were a couple of mtns in Maine that were renamed in deference to native American and gender sensibilities.
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby Marmaduke » Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:39 pm

Monument.....and there is a Ragged Peak In Yosemite NP too.
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby seano » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:49 am

There are a surprising number of Pilot Knobs out there ("One of 103 summits within the United States, including... See also: Pilot Mountain (disambiguation)") -- someone should really make a complete list. What is a "Pilot Knob," anyways? Is there some knob you turn to pilot a ship? Do all of these knobs resemble a Pilot?
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby Bubba Suess » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:59 am

seano wrote:There are a surprising number of Pilot Knobs out there ("One of 103 summits within the United States, including... See also: Pilot Mountain (disambiguation)") -- someone should really make a complete list. What is a "Pilot Knob," anyways? Is there some knob you turn to pilot a ship? Do all of these knobs resemble a Pilot?


The name refers to prominent peaks that were used for navigation across the wilderness in 19th century. I think even Grand Teton was referred to as Pilot Knob at some point.
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby lcarreau » Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:34 am

Arthur Digbee wrote:Hate to leave the phallic theme but other weird names:

Charlies Bunion (Smokies)
The Nipple (Guadalupes)


Utah has SEVERAL Mollies Nipples, but I haven't met Molly yet ......... :shock:

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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby Marmaduke » Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:38 pm

South Six-Shooter Peak. Utah
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Re: Most common/most unusual place names

Postby phydeux » Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:39 am

Gold, silver, and eagle are all fairly common, even variations of the three ('Golden Eagle', Quicksilver, etc).

For unique place names, how about Ubehebe (Crater) in Death Valley NP, California:

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