Arkansas March 08, 2018
These 10 Arkansas Towns Have The Silliest Names But Are So Worth A Visit
Whether from misfortunes, misunderstandings, or just missed punchlines, some of Arkansas’ towns have rather silly names. You may giggle when reading the map but these towns have more to offer than just laughs. Let’s make John Cleese proud and silly walk to these ridiculously-named towns.
1. Toad Suck
It may have been dubbed "most unfortunate name in the United States," but folks from Toad Suck have really benefited from the unforgettable name. Anytime you're in the area, feel free to stop by Toad Suck Bucks for some deliciously grilled steaks. Join in on the silly celebrations in April at the annual Toad Suck Daze in neighboring Conway.
You won't have a hard time here, all the Weiner residents are pleasantly outgoing. Giggle as you drive by the Weiner schools, Weiner churches, and Weiner houses. You'll know you've gone too far when you hit Weiner Cutoff Road in the neighboring town. Jokes aside, you really should plan a visit in the fall so you can attend the 42nd Annual Arkansas Rice Festival this year.
3. Bald Knob
Continuing on with the innuendos, Bald Knob always leaves visitors puzzled as to why this town chose such an odd name. The area's landmark used in the late 1800s was an outcropping of layered stone that was dubbed "Bald Knob." The name stuck around and so should you for their Strawberry Homefest in May.
4. Possum Grape
Learn how to compromise in the small town of Possum Grape. The citizens were torn between naming the town "Possum" or "Grape" for over two decades. The town wasn't officially named until 1954.
5. Booger Hollow
When entering the town, you'll pass a sign that says, "Population 7...countin' one coon dog." Booger Hollow has plenty of photo opportunities and delightfully tacky novelties in their trading post.
6. Cotton Plant
This pleasant small town hosts an Annual Cotton Plant Days in the end of August. Drive in any month to learn the origin of the odd-named town at the Cotton Plant Historical Museum.
We've done the math and the numbers add up, Fifty-Six is definitely worth the drive. Although not a completely outrageous town name, Fifty-Six (and Forty-Four) always seemed a bit silly. You'll be glad you gave Fifty-Six a chance after exploring the breathtaking Blanchard Springs Caverns.
The Flippin Air Expo is happening next month but anytime is a good time to visit. Much like Weiner, Flippin is another town that's fun to describe what you see. Drive by the Flippin Christian Church, or listen to the Flippin marching band practice. We're only sad that they didn't decide that pancakes should be the school mascot.
Learn about the history of the town's booming oil fields as well as other natural state assets at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources. Or, if you're planning ahead, try to make it to the Oil Town Festival. It's one of the oldest festivals in the state!
10. Oil Trough
Besides needing to learn the history of how Oil Trough got its name, you also need to visit in person. Silly towns are fun to spot on a map but there's nothing quite as good as a meal from Sissy's Diner and Pizza Pit in Oil Trough.
Some silly town honorable mentions go to:
Blue Ball, Snowball, Old Joe, Hicksville, Nimrod, Stinking Bay, Hogeye, Ink, Goobertown, Greasy Corner, and Monkey Run. Share your favorite silly-named town in the comments below!
If you’d like to learn the origin story behind some the towns mentioned today, read about this