Delicious Destinations: US Cities with Food Names
July 3, 2012
Sandwich, Mass., is not only Cape Cod's oldest town, but it is also one of the oldest towns in the United States, founded almost 150 years before the American Revolution.
The New England town boasts a seaside location and a population of 23,000.
Burnt Corn, Alabama
Burnt Corn, Ala., is a settlement believed to be created sometime after the American Revolutionary War. The official Burnt Corn town website claims that Andrew Jackson moved his troops through the town in 1814 in defense against the British.
Burnt Corn is named after the Battle of Burnt Corn in 1813 that spurred the Creek War of 1813 and 1814. Today, Burnt Corn features an array of historical buildings and a cotton gin that was built in the 1890s.
Chicken, Alaska, is a small town in rural Alaska originally named "Ptarmigan" after the Alaskan state bird, a bird which was eaten by gold-seeking miners in late 1800s. However, "Ptarmigan" proved to be too difficult to spell, and instead the town's name was changed to Chicken, which apparently bears a large resemblance to Ptarmigan.
There is little electricity, Internet access, or central plumbing in Chicken, though the main street has a bar, a gift shop, and a café.
Cookietown is a small Oklahoma community named after a business owned by resident Marvin Cornelius in the early 20th century.
Around Cookietown, and in other regions of southwest Oklahoma, travelers can enjoy activities, such as camping, fishing, and rock climbing.
Coconut Creek, Florida
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Coconut Creek is home to the world's largest butterfly house and is the self-proclaimed "Butterfly capital of the world." This Florida city has a population of 50,000 and features 212 acres of park land.
Cream is a small community located within the town of Lincoln in Buffalo County, Wisc.
Ding Dong, Texas
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Ironically, the town of Ding Dong is located within Bell County in Texas.
Ding Dong is named after Zulis Bell and his nephew Bert Bell, who ran a country store on the Lampasas River in the early 1930s.
Hot Coffee, Mississippi
Hot Coffee is a small, rural community of farms and families in Mississippi. According to folklore, the town received its name from a local who opened an inn in 1870 and sold coffee to travelers passing through town.
Turkey may be the name of this Texas town but it celebrates a musician instead. Turkey is the home of the American swing musician, Bob Wills. This Texan town runs a Bob Wills Museum, celebrates Bob Will's Day, and hosts an annual Bob Will's Day barbecue cook-off.
Potato Creek, South Dakota
Potato Creek is a town located in South Dakota's Jackson County with a population of 139.
Cocoa Beach, Florida
The City of Cocoa Beach is a summertime paradise, located on an island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Banana River Lagoon in Florida.
The town has a population of 12,631 and boasts activities, such as surfing, swimming, golfing, and kayaking. Cocoa Beach's waters host wildlife, such as manatees, whales, alligators, and turtles.
Popcorn, Ind., is home to the famous popcorn brand named after the town. The Popcorn, Indiana brand sells original kettle corn, wasabi flavored popcorn and chips flavored with classic salt, white Cheddar, Buffalo wing, and jalapeño ranch.
Rabbit Hash, Kentucky
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The town of Rabbit Hash was created by local famers in the 19th century who banded together to build a general store on the Rabbit Hash bank.
The Rabbit Hash General Store is now the heart of the Rabbit House community and hosts barn dances, markets, and live music.
Toast, North Carolina
Toast, N.C., has a population of 1,450 residents, which includes famous old-time fiddler Thomas Jarrell.
Pie Town, New Mexico
This New Mexico town celebrates its name every year with its Annual Pie Festival, where locals compete in pie baking contests. Pie town is also home to Good Pie Cafe and Pie-O-Neer, two cafés that have been featured on television.
The tale behind Pie Town's name comes from a World War I veteran named Clyde Norman who became regionally known for baking scrumptious dried apple pies. The town is named for Norman after his love of pie.
Gnaw Bone, Indiana
Gnaw Bone is a rural town one mile outside of Nashville, Ind., that is chock full of trails for hiking and running.
Each year, Gnaw Bone hosts the Dances with Dirt relay race, where teams of five members work together to run a total of 50 miles.
Pea Patch Island, Delaware
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The tale of Pea Patch Island's name comes from a 19th-century ship carrying peas that spilled its cargo into the island's marsh.
Today, Pea Patch Island is home to a wildlife nature preserve, complete with hiking trails where visitors can go bird-watching for herons, egrets, and ibises.
Two Egg, Florida
Two Egg is a quaint, small town located in Jackson County, Fla. The name of the town reveres the community's spirit during the Great Depression when residents traded farm products, such as eggs, in exchange for supplies from local stores.
Famous residents of Two Egg include actress Faye Dunaway and William August Bowles, a pirate known as "Billy Bowlegs." A monster called "mini-bigfoot" and a collection of ghosts are also rumored to haunt the town.
Citrus Heights, California
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Located in the plains of Sacramento Valley, Citrus Heights has population of 88,115. In 2007, the area celebrated its 10th year of cityhood.
Vinegar Bend, Alabama
This community is located in Washington County, Ala., and it has a population of 192.
Notable residents of Vinegar Bend include the late Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell, who was a left-handed pitcher and played Major League baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the New York Mets. Mizell eventually became a United States congressman for North Carolina.
Walnut Creek, California
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Walnut Creek was originally inhabited by the Bolbones Indians and was officially given its name in 1862.
The town's population is now 64,296 and the downtown area has museums, such as the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society, the Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum, and the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
Tea, South Dakota
Tea is a suburban town of 4,200 in South Dakota. Tea resident Derek Miles has recently qualified for his third Olympic experience in the pole vault category and is competing in this summer's 2012 London Olympic Games.
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Every year, Chugwater hosts its annual Chugwater Chili Cook-Off, where participants compete to make the tastiest red chili, green chili, and salsa.
The town is framed by natural rock formations and has a population hovering around 10,000.
Sugar Land, Texas
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Founded in the 1800s as a sugar plantation, Sugar Land has a population of 84,511.
The town contains 10 community parks, which include a BMX track, a skate park, and a sculpture garden by artist Bernar Venet.