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Most People Don’t Know The Meaning Behind These 15 Kentucky Towns

Back in the old days, people would name a town something simple, like Lick Skillet. Why? It was easy to remember and a natural part of pioneer life. Occasionally you get lucky and actually run into an ole’ timer that is familiar with how the town came by its name. Other times, townies take an educated guess. Realistically, they could just spin a creative tale and we wouldn’t know the difference, but most the ole’ timers are a good sort… So that likely isn’t the case.

Here are 15 unusual town names that come with a tale:

Now, everyone in Kentucky knows there were some good stories spun back in the day. So good, some are still told today in our tiny towns, even those that don’t show up on Mapquest… Getting the details of something that was named a century or so ago can be a tedious process, or impossible to do. We have to depend on the accounts being passed down from generation to generation. Personally, I love to listen to an ole’ timer spin a tale of yesteryear, including how a town got its name. Do you know any unique town names in the Bluegrass State, and how they got their names?

Jenn Shockley
I am somewhat a cliche'. I grew up running around barefoot on a farm in Kentucky. I love writing, art, sunshine, all animals and my incredibly patient husband, who tolerates my "crazy animal lady" side.