Santa Claus, Indiana

On December 22, 2007 · Comments Off on Santa Claus, Indiana

In southern Indiana east of Evansville, a town of 2,000 people with the curious name “Santa Claus” exudes the holiday spirit year-round.

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Various sources including Wikipedia claim that the town was originally called Santa Fe when it was founded in 1856 but residents had to change the name when the post office was established. Another town in Indiana¬†claimed Santa Fe first so this one had to select something different. At least residents had a sense of humor since what else could possibly explain the choice of Santa Claus? If the story ended there it wouldn’t be all that remarkable. There are unusually named towns all over the landscape. But it gets much stranger. Residents embraced the name and today it’s a tourist attraction for all things Santa Claus including Santa’s Candy Castle, a Santa Claus Museum, the Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Frosty’s Fun Center, Christmas Lake Golf Course. It must be fun during the holiday season but I’d imagine it would seem a out of place in the steaming July or August heat.

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To compound the strangeness, check out some of the street names around Christmas Lake just southwest of town: Christmas Circle; Ornament Lane; Sled Run; Holly Drive; Elf Lane, Evergreen Plaza, Silver Bell Terrace, Snow Ball Drive, Mistletoe Drive, Jolly Lane, streets named after many of Santa’s reindeer (Comet, Blitzen, Dancer, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Cupid), and on and on.

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North of town the street names take another bizarre twist and abandon the Christmas theme altogether by branching out to different times of the year. There is a whole series of streets named after holidays, pseudo-holidays and football bowl games. Imagine living on Pro Super Bowl Street or Lincoln Birthday Street, or even more paradoxically, East Robert E. Lee Day Street. They do throw an occasional bone to residents who may not have achieved the same level of quirkiness. People still have the option of a very Americana sounding addresses such as Walnut Drive if something like Sugar Bowl Street or Inauguration Day Street happened to be a little too extreme for their tastes.

On December 22, 2007 · Comments Off on Santa Claus, Indiana

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