Arizona February 16, 2018
Most People Don’t Know The Meaning Behind These 8 Town Names
Did you ever wonder how Arizona’s settlements received their names? Sometimes the origin isn’t quite what you expect. Here’s a look at the meaning behind some of Arizona’s cities and towns. You just might be surprised!
1. Ash Fork
The name Ash Fork is believed to originate from
a small grove of ash trees
growing in the area. The name was given by the Santa Fe Railroad’s superintendent, F.W. Smith in 1883.
two origins of this city’s name
. The main story about the name origin comes from the railroad, which was known as the East Line of Yuma. The acronym ELOY was used on blueprints, maps, and eventually the train stop and town that grew here. The city also suggests that the name "eloy" is a European word for "the chosen one."
The name Oracle comes from
a local mine that was named for a ship
several founding prospectors traveled aboard,
. The name was later used for the community that developed near the mine, and for the town itself.
The name for this city is pretty straight forward since it received its name in the same way many other Arizona did: it was named after a prominent person. In Page’s case, it was
named after John C. Page
, a commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation.
Well, I think some of those weren’t quite as weird as I was anticipating but they still have interesting origins! If you’re curious about some oddly named streets in Arizona, then you’ll want to read:
Here Are 14 Crazy Street Names In Arizona That Will Leave You Baffled.