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Susan from California 06 Jul 02 - 08:51 PM
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GUEST,Les B. 02 Jul 02 - 01:15 PM
GUEST 02 Jul 02 - 11:37 AM
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Warsaw Ed 29 Jun 02 - 01:00 AM
GUEST,Gorgeous Gary 28 Jun 02 - 09:42 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Susan from California
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 08:51 PM

In Hemet, CA there's a neighborhood with Thisa Way, Thata Way and Whicha Way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: John-S
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 12:44 PM

In Baillieston, Glasgow, Dyke Street runs into Camp Road.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: InOBU
Date: 06 Jul 02 - 09:21 AM

In Long Lisland NY, in a German neighborhood in the 30s there were Hitler, Borman and Gorbels streets, oviously changed in the fourties, but Brooklyn Union Gas did not change their records and continued to bill to the same, until the 1990s. Geezzzeee Larry


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Nathan in Texas
Date: 05 Jul 02 - 10:25 PM

In Denton, Texas, there is a Ponder Street which intersects with Scripture street, so the street signs on the corner read "Ponder Scripture"


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 Jul 02 - 11:29 AM

South of Cville somewhere... found while roaming around wondering where the road went: Secretary's Sand. Wonder whose secretary and what s/he did with the sand...?


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: GUEST,Captain Swing
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 04:13 PM

There was a story a few years ago that the council in Eastwood Nottinghamshire, the birth place of DH Lawrence, were going to rename some roads with reference to Lawrence's works.

Apparently this was very unpopular with the residents concerned. I can't really see why they should object to the likes of "Rainbow Cresent", "Chatterly Drive" or "Mellors Lane". I imagine the people living in "Cunt Close" would be a bit pissed off though!


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Phillip
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 02:59 PM

A couple of replies mention Slutwell Lane and Slutshole Road,I think it was, in England. There is also a Sluts Lane in East Anglia somewhere, which the residents wanted to change to something less insulting to them.

The "Slut" or "Sluts" part of these names is the dialect word slutch, which just means mud. So, Muddy Well Lane. Which sounds nicer really, doesn't it?

There is a hill over in the West Midlands called Stocking Hill. The owners of the house on the top of it called their house Stocking Top.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: GUEST,Just Amy
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 02:25 PM

My cousins live on Second North Street in Wellington, IL. USA. That is as opposed to 3rd North Street. (it is a really small town).

I live in Burbank, CA and we have a Bob Hope Drive which is an exit from the freeway. I love to tell people to "get off on Bob Hope."


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: John-S
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 01:24 PM

In Glasgow there's Spoutmouth and also Citizen Lane.


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From: Hecate
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 10:18 AM

I knew a chap whose address was 69 Effingham road.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Mikey joe
Date: 03 Jul 02 - 09:58 AM

Is there not a road in southern England somewhere called 'Old Sluts Hole Lane' I'm sure I read about this in the newspaper a couple of years ago.

mj


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 02:26 PM

I was in the Pocono Mountains in Eastern Pennsylvania over the weekend and drove by an exit for Possumtown Road. There's a Frogtown Road in New Canaan, Ct. Maybe they're like BlueJay Way.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 01:15 PM

Seems like I mentioned these once before, but don't see them here, so:

The main street in Helena, Montana is Last Chance Gulch - named when some early day gold miners struck it rich just before they ended a fruitless journey.

Further south, in Dillon, MT, there's a Bloody Dick Road, named after an early English pioneer by the name of Richard (Dick) whose favorite expression was "bloody"!


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jul 02 - 11:37 AM

There's the 'knockmealldown' mountains near Dungarven in Southern Ireland :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: GUEST,Gerald
Date: 29 Jun 02 - 01:18 PM

Well, the popular (but confusing) Philadelphia fav "Street Road" has been taken, but there's also:

Airdrie St., Busti St., Defense Terrace, Pigs Alley (only 15 houses), and my current favorite (outside the city): Balligomingo Road.

But for place names, Pennsylvania has probably got the best. Along with Intercourse, PA (I had to buy a shot glass with the logo) there's also Climax, Bird-In-Hand (better than two in the ...), Beaver, New Beaver, BIG BEAVER(!), Blue Ball, Ball Town, and, of course, Virginville, along with the less naughty names like Slippery Rock, Jersey Shore (middle of Appalachian Mountains) and King of Prussia.

King of Prussia?

Regards,

Gerald


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Warsaw Ed
Date: 29 Jun 02 - 01:00 AM

I remember a road just south of Olean, New York where the road sign said "Paradise Road" and next to it was a sign which said "Dead End"


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: GUEST,Gorgeous Gary
Date: 28 Jun 02 - 09:42 PM

Speaking of Columbia, MD, my favorite streets are Cloudleap Court and Lightning Strike Way. But while I'm amused by the names, I'd **never** buy a house there!

And while we're talking about Columbia, in the four years I lived there I never did figure out just what a "King's Contrivance" was...

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Mr Red
Date: 28 Jun 02 - 08:32 PM

Crotch Crescent, Oxford, Not far from Headington where C# collected his first Morris dance. I noticed a load of biker type bikes outside #69 (just had to be).


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: GUEST,herrhare@hotmail.com
Date: 28 Jun 02 - 05:31 PM

hocum pocum lane - sadly renamed dermody road in lewisham south-east london


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Janice in NJ
Date: 27 Jun 02 - 09:27 PM

Fingerboard Road on Staten Island in New York City.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Ian Darby
Date: 27 Jun 02 - 08:41 PM

Uncouth Street, I think its in Rochdale....


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: fat B****rd
Date: 27 Jun 02 - 04:47 PM

I'm a bit late with this one.I knew John from Hull would mention the Land of Green Ginger. John, I believe it's mamed for a(possibly) Dutch merchant called Groenhinge or something. I recall in Grimsby a Peppercorn Walk.Always liked that one. Working as an accounts clerk years ago I used to send a monthly statement to 2, Oddfellows Cottages, but I can't remember where it was (is).


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Sonnet
Date: 27 Jun 02 - 04:44 PM

Dog Lane in Barnsley and Spital Hill, Sheffield.

JMcS


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: GUEST,MC Fat
Date: 27 Jun 02 - 10:35 AM

Douglas bader Walk in a council estate in West Midlands. Wong Lane in Tickhill near Doncaster


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: SharonA
Date: 27 Jun 02 - 10:29 AM

Thanks for refreshing this, Mr. Happy! I've got a couple of local ones to add:

Old New Road

Street Road

Herblew Road (a street in a housing development, named for the developer's two sons, Herb and Lew!)

Turkey Trot Road

Then there's the section of Interstate 476 from the PA Turnpike interchange south to its end (at Interstate 95). This section of road is commonly known as "The Blue Route" because it was one of many proposed roads mapped out in blue ink for decades before it was built. The odd thing is that in daily traffic reports on the radio and TV, announcers always refer to it as "The Blue Route" but hardly ever by its interstate route number! Anyone not familiar with the area – any tourist using it to get to Philadelphia PA, a popular historic site – is sure to be driven crazy by the unexplained nickname!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: mack/misophist
Date: 27 Jun 02 - 10:18 AM

Here in San Francisco, California; as opposed to San Francisco, New Mexico or Costa Rica; there are two fairly ordinary streets, Belcher and Beaver. The one we're proud of, though was named for the Philippino chieftan who killed Ferdinand Magellan - Lapu Lapu. Now if I could only find out WHY we have a street named for Lapu Lapu.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Jun 02 - 08:20 AM

my brother's road is called Skip's Lane.

it's named after a former 'Skipper' of a local scout group who owned the first house in the lane.

some years ago my brother was doing some building work on his house and needed to dispose of rubble & other debris.

so he phoned a local waste disposal company.

they offered to supply him with a skip.

but the receptionist just wouldn't believe the delivery address!


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 14 Jun 01 - 01:46 PM

Not far from us in Nevada County, California is You Bet Road, off of which branches the diminutive Side Bet Road...

Also within spitting distance of home (which is on George's Meadow, by the way) are Red Dog Road and Dog Bar Road.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Les from Hull
Date: 14 Jun 01 - 01:23 PM

I nearly forgot Rotenherring Staithe here in Hull (or is that just a Red Herring!). It's easy to forget mad street names when there's so many of them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 14 Jun 01 - 12:53 PM

Some favorites from travels in the West Country of the UK:

Squeezeguts Alley (or Ope) in Truro, Cornwall

Jacob's Ladder, a steep, narrow staircase-cum-alley leading up from the Moor in Falmouth

Stippy Stappy, a similarly vertiginous lane in St. Agnes, Cornwall and, last but not least,

Peep Lane in Crediton, Devon (although it might have been even more at home in Coventry where the Lady Godiva did canter bare, clothed in only tresses fair...)


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: vindelis
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 07:49 PM

In Chiswell on Portland (UK) there are three lanes: Big Ope, Little Ope and Dark Ope; all leading to the beach.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: roopoo
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 03:53 PM

Forgot "Slutwell Lane" in Pontefract!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Walking Eagle
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 02:27 PM

Maybe GCR is where all the groundhogs go to learn their groundhog lessons in Chester Co. PA U.S.A. It is still mostly a farming area, so maybe some long ago farmer commented that his fields looked like all the groundhogs were gathered there for class so it might have started that way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 12:21 PM

The idea of a Groundhog College intrigued me, so I did some research. I found several references to Groundhog College Road, but no Groundhog College as such. However, there is (or was) a Groundhog College House at Princeton, and you can read the minutes of one of their meetings here. The members are apparently called groundhogs. They mention sweatshirts, but they were "all sold out." I wonder why they haven't posted any minutes since 1993?


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: GUEST,Brian
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 09:45 AM

There is a road in Trowbridge, Wiltshire called Bythesea Road. Trowbridge is more than 50 miles from the coast.

Brian


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: John J
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 07:29 AM

We've got (or had) 'Dirty Lane' in Ashley, Cheshire. Ashley is quite posh so such a name wouldn't do. They've now changed it to something like 'Cherry Tree Lane'. Sad bunch of posers. John


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 05:22 AM

John In Remote Kansas (JIRK) on LIK's cookie.

'Scuse by poor proofreading. I neglected to say that was in Dorcester (Dorch'ster) MASSACHUSETTS,just down the road from Worcester (Wooster) MASS.

Also note that a large scale map of either the Pittsburg Pennsylvania area, or almost any part of Arkansas
will supply you enough strange names to keep up the giggles for an afternoon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 05:17 AM

John In Remote Kansas (JIRK) on LIK's cookie.

Not exactly an unusual name, but I recall that while in college I resided for a time in Dorchester near
one of the area's quaint "traffic circles." This one was named for the famous Polish general
Kosciusko(sp??) who aided the American Revolutionists. Five separate streets came into the circle, each
having a sign proclaiming the name of the circle, and each of the signs spelled the general's name differently.

The street I lived on was marked Roseter St on the sign at one end of the block and Rosseter St on the sign
at the other end. The natives met regularly to argue over whether they lived on ROSSeter or roSETTer street.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Les from Hull
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 05:14 AM

In Whitby, Yorkshire there is an Arguments Yard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: roopoo
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 03:02 AM

There's a signpost on the Bridlington road to the Land of Nod! I believe it may be a sleepy little hamlet (sorry). There is a shire horse breeding centre near there, I think.

I heard Grape Lane in York was originally "Grope" lane. Possibly has the same pedigree as the street in London. There was a Footless Lane and a Lop Lane (the one becoming the other along the length of the road) on the mediaeval plan of the city. The Footless Lane led down to the river from the city side to where the Lendal Bridge now is.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 01:11 AM

In Hull there is lane with a different spelling at each end (Endike & Endyke),What would Murray Mcloud say to that?


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: RangerSteve
Date: 13 Jun 01 - 12:50 AM

re: Ground Hog College Rd. Is there a Groundhog College? I'd really like to get one of their T-shirts.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Walking Eagle
Date: 12 Jun 01 - 05:27 PM

In Coshocton Ohio there is White Woman Street. Also in Ohio, Cincinnati, there is a street named Celestial Way.

In Chester County PA. there is Ground Hog College Road and Stargazers Road. Also there is Tapeworm Road.

I live near Stargazers and sure wish I could afford a domicile there!


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Margo
Date: 12 Jun 01 - 03:27 PM

Lois Lane - Jacksonville Oregon

Jump Off Joe Creek - Grants Pass Oregon

Dead Indian Road - Selma, Oregon

I know there are more in the same area but I can't think of them now. I was just musing this last weekend about naming streets after Pirate/sailor vernacular, and fantasized about Arrrrrrr street and To Me Way....

Margo :o)


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 12 Jun 01 - 03:26 PM

Whenever I'm in Lancaster, UK, I like to think of the shy people who live on the town's 'Bashful Alley'.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 12 Jun 01 - 03:09 PM

Near the world famousRooster Run General Store, there is Hen Peck Alley. Local lore says that men liked to go there to gamble. When their wives showed up, they lit out down what is now called "Hen Peck Alley."

There have been sightings of "Rooster Run" caps all over the world.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: GUEST,Karen
Date: 12 Jun 01 - 02:47 PM

There's a Wankers Corner just south of Portland, Oregon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: RangerSteve
Date: 12 Jun 01 - 02:39 PM

Thanks, Rowena. You've got a great idea for another link -unusual town names. Especially, like Berlin NJ, names that were replaced with boring ones. I already have two threads out there, somebody else should take this idea.


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: sc
Date: 12 Jun 01 - 02:15 PM

Portland, Oregon intersection - SE 69 & Horney


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Subject: RE: BS: Unusual Street/Road Names
From: Rowana (at work)
Date: 12 Jun 01 - 02:03 PM

RangerSteve, You beat me to it. Street Road in Philadelphia always puzzles visitors. Many, many years ago the main road in Long-a-comin' was called - wait for it - Long-a-comin' Pike. Now both are more prosaically known as Berlin (NJ) and Berlin Road. A business located at the end of Water Street in Gloucester City (NJ) listed their address as XYZ Company, Foot of Water, Gloucester, NJ.


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