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Ian Dunn
718550.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:44 pm Reply with quote

The following are placenames in the state of Iowa.

  • Agency
  • Albion
  • Alexander
  • Allison
  • Andrew
  • Anita
  • Archer
  • Armstrong
  • Arthur
  • Ashton
  • Atkins
  • Atlantic
  • Ayrshire
  • Badger
  • Baldwin
  • Baxter
  • Beaver
  • Bedford
  • Bennett
  • Bernard
  • Birmingham
  • Bonaparte
  • Brighton
  • Bristow
  • Brosnon
  • Brooklyn
  • Cambridge
  • Carbon
  • Carlisle
  • Carpenter
  • Cascade
  • Chatsworth
  • Chelsea
  • Chester
  • Clare
  • Clarence
  • Clinton
  • Clive
  • Coin
  • Correctionville
  • Craig
  • Cromwell
  • Cumberland
  • Cumming
  • Cushing
  • Cylinder
  • Delaware
  • Delhi
  • Denver
  • Derby
  • Dickens
  • Dundee
  • Early
  • Elgin
  • Essex
  • Fruitland
  • Geneva
  • George
  • Granville
  • Gravity
  • Gray
  • Guernsey
  • Guttenberg
  • Hamburg
  • Hamilton
  • Hancock
  • Hardy
  • Harris
  • Hartford
  • Hepburn
  • Holland
  • Hull
  • Humboldt
  • Independence
  • Jamaica
  • Kellogg
  • Kent
  • Laurel
  • Lisbon
  • Luxemburg
  • Macedonia
  • Marcus
  • Mason
  • Mediapolis
  • Mitchell
  • Montezuma
  • Murray
  • Nevada
  • Norway
  • Oxford
  • Panorama
  • Persia
  • Pleasantville
  • Plymouth
  • Pocahontas
  • Portsmouth
  • Prescott
  • Preston
  • Quimby
  • Raymond
  • Rembrandt
  • Renwick
  • Rodney
  • Rome
  • Rutland
  • Ryan
  • Seymour
  • Sheffield
  • Sidney
  • Soldier
  • South English
  • Spencer
  • Stanley
  • Stockton
  • Stratford
  • Stuart
  • Swan
  • Tennant
  • Thompson
  • Thor
  • Tripoli
  • Truro
  • Truin
  • Vail
  • Washington
  • Worthington
  • Wyoming
  • Zwingle

Source: The American Census

718551.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:45 pm Reply with quote


Ian Dunn
718553.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:48 pm Reply with quote

I realise I've done quite a few lists here, but I think there are some interesting things about this.

The main thing I noticed is that each state in the USA beginning with "I" has a town called "Cambridge" or "Cambridge City", which should please Stephen.

Spud McLaren
718570.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:08 pm Reply with quote

And an "Oxford", according to your lists.

718571.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:10 pm Reply with quote

Do you think "Quimby"* was named after Fred Quimby of Tom and Jerry fame?

*Look, no smut!

Spud McLaren
718579.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:21 pm Reply with quote

bemahan wrote:
Do you think "Quimby"* was named after Fred Quimby of Tom and Jerry fame?

*Look, no smut!

Quimby was founded in August 1887 and was originally named Wendell. However, citizens felt that Wendell was a "too Republican sounding name" so the Quimby label came into play. The name itself was taken from the Assistant Superintendent of the Illinois Central Railroad and was officially set up on October 3, 1887. In a matter of months, the town had two grain elevators, a grocery store, a general store, a hotel, a creamery and a hardware store.


Ian Dunn
718586.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:34 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:
And an "Oxford", according to your lists.

Actually, having searched the whole list, you can find "Cambridge" in Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin; "Cambridge City" in Indiana; and "Cambridge Springs" in Pennsylvania. So that is 15 different Cambridges in the USA.

Meanwhile "Oxford" is in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; "Oxford Junction" in Iowa; and "New Oxford" in Pennsylvania. So there are 21 differen Oxfords.

So Oxford is beating Cambridge 21-15.

Also of interest to Stephen and Alan:

"Norfolk" is in Nebraska, New York and Virginia.

"Norwich" is in Connecticut, Kansas, New York and Ohio, with "East Norwich" also in New York.

"Essex" is in Illionis, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, with "Essex Village" in Connecticut, "Essexville" in Michigan, "Essex Falls" in New Jersey, and "Essex Junction" in Vermont.

There is a "Rock Island Arsenal" in Illinois and a "Redstone Arsenal" in Alabama.

There are no places in the USA called "Loughton" or "Chingford".

718592.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:41 pm Reply with quote

It is a constant source of simple-minded amusement in the US, that you can be driving along in the middle of nowhere, and a sign will pop up to say that you're 5 miles from some village that's just down the road from where you live in England. It suggests wormholes, or something - you could go left and you'll be in Dodge City, or right and you'll be in Basingstoke.

Spud McLaren
718593.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:41 pm Reply with quote

There's the question - "At what does Oxford currently score 21 to Cambridge's 15?"
Ian Dunn wrote:
So Oxford is beating Cambridge 21-15.

718594.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:42 pm Reply with quote

Yes, that's quite promising.

718599.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:48 pm Reply with quote

Spud McLaren wrote:

Spud McLaren
718602.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:55 pm Reply with quote

Ain't it, though?

718606.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:01 pm Reply with quote

While they're travelling overseas, Iowans often refer to themselves as Idiots Out Wandering Around.

I'm postong from my phone at the moment. I'll find a source next time I'm on my PC.

718619.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:18 pm Reply with quote

Bill Bryson was born in Des Moines, Iowa. Must look out his "Lost Continent" book to see what he has to say about Iowa.

718625.  Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:32 pm Reply with quote

There are three places in the USA called Des Moines. The one in Iowa where Bill Bryson was born is the largest, and is the one usually understood by the name. It is pronounced "duh moin".

Des Moines, Washington is pronounced "duh moinz". Of the three, it's probably the one that most non-Americans will have passed through, because Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is there.

Des Moines, New Mexico is pronounced "dez mwan".

Meanwhile, who was born in Riverside, Iowa on 22 March 2233?


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