Comments for Twelve Mile Circle http://www.howderfamily.com/blog An Appreciation of Unusual Places Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:18:58 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Comment on Duck by David http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/duck/#comment-8362 Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:18:58 +0000 http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/?p=17802#comment-8362 PLEASE tell me there is a street somewhere in the state of Goa called “Goa Way”.

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Comment on Cigarette Hill by Peter http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/cigarette-hill/#comment-8302 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 02:19:51 +0000 http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/?p=17796#comment-8302 There’s the famous Doral golf club in Florida. I would presume it was the inspiration for the cigarette’s name.

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Comment on Rolla by Rhodent http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/rolla/#comment-8230 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:01:44 +0000 http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/?p=17770#comment-8230 “What scant evidence existed seemed to say that Rolla’s founders named if for Sir Walter Raleigh, and pronounced it Raw-la. That seemed fair-fetched, however, many people living in North Carolina’s capital city of Raleigh pronounced it that way in their southern drawl.”

Maybe that was true at one time, but I’ve lived in Raleigh for over twenty-five years and not once do I recall hearing it pronounced that way. Everyone here, regardless of accent (and Raleigh is definitely a melting pot of accents) pronounces it with a distinct “ee” sound in the second syllable — “RAH-lee”.

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Comment on Boring, Dull and Bland by Glenn http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/boring-dull-bland/#comment-8228 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:16:20 +0000 http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/?p=17775#comment-8228 There’s a Bland, Missouri. It’s aptly named

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Comment on Boring, Dull and Bland by January First-of-May http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/boring-dull-bland/#comment-8224 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 10:17:19 +0000 http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/?p=17775#comment-8224 I personally thought of Nikola Lenivets, Kaluga Oblast, literally “Nicholas the Lazy”, formerly a large village and today an art camp. I doubt that they would like the association, however.

I like the idea of Polish villages called ?azy, but I suspect they’d be too proud of the ?. I wonder if there’s anything eligible in Austria…

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Comment on Boring, Dull and Bland by John of Sydney http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/boring-dull-bland/#comment-8219 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:01:04 +0000 http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/?p=17775#comment-8219 A friend of mine lives in Bland St Ashfield NSW which I can only assume is named after the same William Bland. There is also a public housing block on Victoria Road Gladesville named Blandville Court which is seemingly named for William Bland. I have driven past it for years and somehow thought the name was describing the inhabitants – most unjustly.

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Comment on Heartland, Part 6 (Americana) by Fritz Keppler http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/heartland-6/#comment-8081 Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:01:26 +0000 http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/?p=17705#comment-8081 A nice place to visit in Northern Indiana is the Notre Dame campus just outside South Bend. A beautiful place to walk around, with several museums to visit.

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Comment on Heartland, Part 5 (Not Just Farmland) by Fritz Keppler http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/heartland-5/#comment-8050 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:15:16 +0000 http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/?p=17704#comment-8050 I was amazed early on to learn that the state with the largest number of lighthouses is Michigan, over 150. In retrospect it seems obvious, but I had assumed that an ocean state would have had a larger number.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lighthouses_in_Michigan

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Comment on Heartland, Part 4 (Beyond Covered) by Twelve Mile Circle http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/heartland-4/#comment-7918 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:45:21 +0000 http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/?p=17703#comment-7918 Wow! – I had no idea! I drive through there fairly regularly, so I’ll be sure to make a stop there next time. It looks great on Street view too: https://goo.gl/maps/fRVDvtyVtGw

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Comment on Heartland, Part 4 (Beyond Covered) by Jody S. http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/heartland-4/#comment-7917 Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:40:01 +0000 http://www.howderfamily.com/blog/?p=17703#comment-7917 If you’re traveling west on I-70 and want a teeny, tiny detour to see a pretty bridge, get on rt. 40 at Hagerstown. I’ve driven past Wilson’s Bridge every time. I think I’ll make it a field trip sometime for my homeschooled kids since it is right there. Funny how we always miss the things close by.
http://mht.maryland.gov/nr/NRDetail.aspx?NRID=673 (That’s a link to a pretty picture and some information.)

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