University of Missouri Press: 1994
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.
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