Here Are 25 Bizarrely Named Pennsylvania Towns That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

These days, we take our amusement anywhere we can find it, including in the bizarre and sometimes inexplicable history of our surroundings. Here are 25 of the weirdest town names in the state of Pennsylvania. Some of them come with explanations, while others are mysteriously devoid of an understood origin.

1. Apollo

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This town was originally named Warren.

2. Armagh

Bless you! Armagh is the oldest town in Indiana County.

3. Athens


In 2011, Tropical Storm Lee left much of Athens underwater, resulting in millions of dollars worth of damage.

4. Big Beaver

As you might guess, Big Beaver is located in Beaver County.

5. Big Run

Big Run is named after a waterway.

6. Blue Ball

Possibly the most well known silly-named town in PA, Blue Ball takes its name from a local hotel.

7. California

California, PA unfortunately does not have the surfers and beaches of the more well-known California.

8. Confluence

Confluence is a bizarre, yet bizarrely beautiful name for a town.

9. Daisytown

The population of Daisytown is only 326!

10. Dallas

This town is named after Alexander Dallas, the 6th Secretary of the Treasury.

11. Driftwood

When it was founded, Driftwood was the center of the lumber industry in Pennsylvania.

12. Economy

A Harmonist society founded Economy and named it to represent their principles of living.

13. Ernest

Ernest is located in Indiana County.

14. Friendsville

Friendsville was named after the community of Quakers who originally lived there.

15. Houston

First Dallas, now Houston. Apparently Pennsylvania secretly wishes it were Texas.

16. Intercourse

Intercourse has such a strange and suggestive name that it’s become a popular tourist destination.

17. Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore was not named to confuse you, although it may seem that way. Rather, some of its original inhabitants were from New Jersey.

18. Mars

The history of how Mars received its name is unknown.

19. Moosic

Even though this may sound like a funny variation on the word “music,” the name actually is the Lenape word for “elk place.”

20. North East

Maybe Kanye’s baby, North West, should make a visit to North East.

21. Paint

Paint, PA is located near Johnstown.

22. Pringle

I wonder if the people of Pringle love Pringles. I also wonder how sick they are of that question.

23. Red Lion

Red Lion is named after a local tavern.

24. Scalp Level

This is probably the weirdest and creepiest town name on this list. It is located within a stone’s throw of Paint.

25. Throop

Now this one is just fun to say.
What do you think is the most strangely named town that you’ve visited in Pennsylvania?