Friday, February 09, 2007

The Guy in Zero Was Penniless

Robert Rennick has written a couple dozen books on Kentucky place names and post offices, including the intriguingly titled From Red Hot to Monkey's Eyebrow. As it turns out, Kentuckians are good at coming up with weird place names, and even better at explaining their weird place names.

Some Kentucky towns are named for numerals, including Seventy Six, Zero and Eighty Eight.

Former House Speaker Bobby Richardson of Glasgow, the great-great-great-grandson of the original storekeeper in Eighty Eight, said his pop's handwriting was awful. So he got permission to name the first post office after a numeral.

"He counted the change that he had in his pocket and he had 88 cents, and it became Eighty Eight," Richardson said. [Link]


My fav KY place name is Big Bone Lick, south of Covington.


I don't think I want to know where that name came from.

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