Minnesota December 03, 2017
These 11 Minnesota Towns Have The Silliest Names But Are So Worth A Visit
People who live in the Upper Midwest have a reputation for being a little reserved. We tend to keep our innermost thoughts to ourselves, and while we are welcoming to outsiders, it takes us a while to truly become friends. But that doesn’t mean Minnesotans aren’t without a sense of humor. It is evident in some of our
amusing street names and silly town names. Most of these have a backstory that explain just what the original settlers were thinking, but the silly town names still remain to this day.
1. Sleepy Eye
Sleepy Eye seems like an odd name at first but the town was named after the Native American Chief Sleepy Eye, who lived in the area during the early 19th century.
Besides having a strange name, the town of Embarrass has another claim to fame...it is the coldest place in Minnesota. Maybe that's what they're so embarrassed about.
Despite what you may have heard, Climax is actually named after a chewing tobacco company, according to the Minnesota Historical Society.
You'd think Fertile got its name from the abundant crops that were grown there when it was founded. But it was actually named after Fertile, Iowa. Early settlers once lived there and decided to give their new Minnesota home the same name.
The name sounds a little rude to us in 2017, but Nimrod's name actually has a wholesome origin. The town was named after a man named Nimrod in the Bible, said to be Noah's great-grandson.
6. Blue Earth
Blue Earth may seem like a strange name until you look at the history of the town. The nearby Blue Earth River was originally called by its Dakota name, Mahka-to. This word refers to the blue-black clay in the river's banks.
7. Ball Club
This tiny community is said to be named after the stick from a Native American version of lacrosse.
Pillager is quite the opposite of what its name may lead you to believe. It is a quiet town with less than 500 residents, none of whom are doing any pillaging.
9. Good Thunder
Like Sleepy Eye, the origin of this town's name is not surprising once you look at the history of the area. Good Thunder is named after a Winnebago chief of the same name.
How's that for Minnesota Nice? We imagine not all who live in Welcome, Minnesota, are 100% welcoming, but the town's name is so charming that we'd like to stop by anyway. The town was named for a farmer who once lived on the town's southwestern side.
11. Thief River Falls
Thief River falls got its name from the river that runs through the town. It is a translation of an Ojibwe phrase that means "thieving-land river." This came about when a band of Dakota secretly lived on a bank of the river that had been claimed by the Ojibwe.
What do you think? Do you know of any other silly town names in Minnesota? Let us know in the comments below!