These 30 Alabama Towns Have Some Of The Most Bizarre Names Ever
There are many bizarre places in Alabama and some of these places have some very bizarre names, each with an interesting story of how the name came about. Some are named after a person or a historical event while others come from a unique trait about the area. Let’s take a look at 30 of these weird town names in Alabama.
2. Rainbow City, Alabama – Located in the southern portion of Etowah County, Rainbow City remains one of the fastest-growing areas in the state and is named after Highway 411, also known as Rainbow Drive.
3. Active, Alabama – This unincorporated community in Bibb County was named Active to reflect the active spirit the residents had.
4. Smelley, Alabama – I’m still not exactly sure how this small Alabama town in Talladega County got its name, but I can only imagine.
7. Five Forks, Alabama – Because five forks are always better than four, although it’s really named after the junction of five county roads.
8. Cuba, Alabama – Our Cuba may not be as exotic as the Caribbean island, but at least you can leave your passport at home.
12. Brilliant, Alabama – All the smart ones live here!
13. Needmore, Alabama – Because who doesn’t “need more” Alabama?
14. Slicklizzard, Alabama – This unincorporated County town got its name from miners that would crawl through muddy areas that were “slick as a lizard.”
18. Intercourse, Alabama – An unincorporated community in Sumter County, Intercourse is named for the traffic intersection of the town’s crossroads. What did you think I was going to say? Okay, now you can get your mind out of the gutter.
19. Climax, Alabama – Yes, we even have a Climax. I’m not even kidding!
20. Seman, Alabama – And a Seman, too! However, the local story of this town is that no one could agree on the name, so someone suggested “seman” which is “names” spelled backward.
23. Chigger Hill, Alabama – Chigger Hill, an unincorporated community in DeKalb County, got its name because the original settlers had to combat a serious infestation of mites. Yikes!
24. Boar Tush, Alabama – Also called Boartusk, Boar Tush is an unincorporated community in Winston County. I’m unsure of how this town name came about, but I’m willing to bet boars were somehow involved.
26. Leggtown, Alabama – Well, unless of course, we live in Leggtown.
27. Scratch Ankle, Alabama – The way this Monroe County community got its name is train workers would often see the locals scratching their ankles from mosquito bites.
Well, there you have it! A list of 30 weird town names in Alabama that many would consider bizarre. Please keep in mind that many of these places aren’t incorporated, but they were once a town and many still remain on the state map. This is not an all-inclusive list, so if you can think of any other weird town names in Alabama, please leave them in the comments below.
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Towns With Weird Names In Alabama
What is the smallest town in Alabama?
At just 0.11 square miles and a population of fewer than 10 people, McMullen is the smallest town in Alabama and is located in Pickens County. Now that’s tiny!
What unique words and phrases do people in Alabama say?
Every state seems to have its own set of phrases and words and Alabama is no different. For example, instead of saying, “I’m tired,” in Alabama, you might say “I’m worn slap out.” If a storm is coming, you might say, “It’s blowin’ up a storm.” Learn more phrases from one of our past articles, 11 Phrases That Will Make You Swear Alabamians Have Their Own Language.
What are some of the most bizarre places in Alabama?
There sure are some strange places in the Heart of Dixie. Take, for example, the Dead Children’s Playground located inside a cemetery in Huntsville. It is said that the spirits of children buried in the cemetery play here. Speaking of cemeteries, there is also a Playhouse Grave in Lannett. This playhouse mausoleum marks the grave of Nadine Earles who had wanted one for Christmas but died about a week before. Another point of bizarre interest is Bamahenge, a replica of Stonehenge right here in Alabama! See more bizarre places in our previous article on strange things in Alabama.