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Paris, Tightwad, and Peculiar: Missouri Place Names

By: Margot Ford McMillen

Price: $11.95

Publisher: University of Missouri Press: 1994

Seller ID: 209726

ISBN: 0-8262-0972-6

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


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. ... View more info