Paris, Tightwad, and Peculiar: Missouri Place Names

By: Margot Ford McMillen

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Book Details: 112 pages, 6 x 9, Biblio. Index. 38 illus., University of Missouri Press


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Paris, Tightwad, Peculiar, Neosho, Gasconade, Hannibal, Diamond, Quarantine, Zif, and Zig. These are just a few of the names Margot Ford McMillen covers in her lively book on the history of place names in Missouri. The origins behind the names range from humorous to descriptive:

  • Tightwad, Missouri, is said to have been named after a store owner who cheated a mailman out of his rightful watermelon to make an extra fifty cents.
    • Plad, Missouri, was supposed to be named "Glad," but the post office printed the name wrong, and it was too much trouble to get it changed.
    • Some place names describe a location, such as Big Spring or Flat River.
    • Other names show the influence of immigrants to the state, like Hermann, which is a German name, or the Maries River, which was derived from the French.
    • Many places are named for people or wildlife found nearby, while others are backed up by legend or simply picked out of thin air.

Title: Paris, Tightwad, and Peculiar: Missouri Place Names

Author: Margot Ford McMillen

Categories: Missouri,

Publisher: University of Missouri Press: 1994

ISBN Number: 0-8262-0972-6

ISBN Number 13: 9780826209726

Binding: Paperback

Book Details: 112 pages, 6 x 9, Biblio. Index. 38 illus., University of Missouri Press

Seller ID: 209726

Description: Paris, Tightwad, Peculiar, Neosho, Gasconade, Hannibal, Diamond, Quarantine, Zif, and Zig. These are just a few of the names Margot Ford McMillen covers in her lively new book on the history of place names in Missouri. The origins behind the names range from humorous to descriptive:
Tightwad, Missouri, is said to have been named after a store owner who cheated a mailman out of his rightful watermelon to make an extra fifty cents.
Plad, Missouri, was supposed to be named "Glad," but the post office printed the name wrong, and it was too much trouble to get it changed.
Some place names describe a location, such as Big Spring or Flat River.
Other names show the influence of immigrants to the state, like Hermann, which is a German name, or the Maries River, which was derived from the French.
Many places are named for people or wildlife found nearby, while others are backed up by legend or simply picked out of thin air.
Anyone interested in Missouri's history and folklore will be fascinated by this well-researched book. Readers interested in collecting and documenting Missouri place names will appreciate McMillen's tips and information.
112 pages, 6 x 9, Biblio. Index. 38 illus., University of Missouri Press