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    Optimistic City Names...

    Were your town founders just a little too psyched about where they lived?

    I know some on here have discussed the use of branding as a modern-day attempt to market a city as unique or memorable. Some noted that there are rather large pitfalls with doing this if the chosen marketing doesn't reflect the true nature of the area. Some also noted that cities were actually renaming themselves as an attempt at branding.

    This got me to thinking, and as I drove around my area, I started to take literal notice of the names of some of the older and smaller towns around mine. I thought of three immediately:
    • Opportunity, Wa
    • Liberty Lake, Wa
    • Freeman, Wa
    These are within roughly 15 miles of each other.

    I know this is not something peculiar to my 'younger', western area (Eastern Washington, USA), but wanted to find out from other Cyburbians if cities or towns near you have similarly positive names.

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    There's a Paradise in W Montana, as I recall. And I think there's an Eden in Kansas, but I don't have an atlas handy to confirm that.

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    Florida, Massachusetts, which traditionally has some of the coldest temperature reports in the state in the winter.
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    Protection, Kansas

    Which was founded in 1884 by my GGgrandfather (James Robert Holland) and a number of cousins, uncles and a brother in-law. JRH built the first structure, which was his general store and post office. Northern Oklahoma was still indian territory (The Cherokee Strip), so Protection was so named because it was optimistically elected at a strategically safe location from indian raids.

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    I think Kissimmee, Florida would be considered an optimistic city name. (Looking for love in all the wrong places.)

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    Star City, Mi

    Freesoil, Mi

    Paradise, Mi

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    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerGirl
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    Michigan also has a Climax

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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerByDay
    Michigan also has a Climax
    -All of those places in the western USA called 'Sweetwater';
    -Winter Haven, FL

    I'm waiting for someone to create a new city in Florida called (or rename an existing one to) 'Sunny, FL'. It seems that whenever I meet someone from Florida and I ask them where they are from, more often than not they will say that they are from "Sunny Florida". That must be one HUGE secret city!

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    There's also a Paradise in Northern California... I like Panacea, FL.
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    In New Jersey there is a Loveladies.
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    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Paradise, MI was mentioned.....i second the motion. (Ahhh, da Yoopee....).....

    I heard there is an Intercourse, PA.

    I lived for a long time in Liberty Center, OH.

    Optismism may be expressed by residents of Florida, OH, telling people they live in Florida (especially when the cold winds of January are a-blowing).

    Defiance, OH
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    There's a Prosperity in both South Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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    Hope, Arkansas
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    There is a utopian community in southern Indiana called New Harmony.

    A city name that I've always thought of as discouraging rather than encouraging was Coldwater, Michigan. If I lived in the days before indoor plumbing, a place called Coldwater would not be at the top of my places to live. Someplace like Hot Springs would sound better.
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    Quote Originally posted by Joe Iliff
    A city name that I've always thought of as discouraging rather than encouraging was Coldwater, Michigan. If I lived in the days before indoor plumbing, a place called Coldwater would not be at the top of my places to live. Someplace like Hot Springs would sound better.
    Our friend SW MI Planner resides in Coldwater or near by.

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    There is a "Jersey Shore" in PA.

    In NJ's Somerset County is a place called Zarephath, which means "Pillar of Fire". It was founded as a religious community and I believe the name refers to the Pillar of Fire that God appeared to Moses as while the Isrealites were wandering in the wilderness. What's more optimistic than putting God on the bill of acts to appear?

    Also around here: New Hope, PA, and Hope, NJ.
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    Quote Originally posted by mgk920
    Winter Haven, FL
    Funny story: WH was actually supposed to be named Lakeland (because if you look at the map it sorta looks like Swiss cheese from all the lakes, the at the time industrial 'chain-of-lakes') and Lakeland was supposed to be named Winter Haven (because it was intended to be a winter retreat for Yankees). But… both places were being named at the same time and someone down at the county courthouse in Bartow got the names switched… so there it stands.

    My personal fav town name of all time is still Whynot, Mississippi

    “Should we stop here?” “Whynot!”***

    ***(an historical incorrect uneducated guess of how it happened )
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    A few I can think of...

    Cape Disappointment and Cape Fear
    Desolation Mountains
    Dead Horse Point
    Hell's Canyon
    Terminal, CA
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    Any classically named city: Athens, Rome, Sparta (all Georgia cities).

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    Just north of Swanton, OH, there is a small cross-roads community called Ai. If you say it loud it sounds like you are screaming in pleasure or trying to be a cowboy. It is pronounced "a-eye".

    There are quite a number of Devils Lakes scattered around this great land, including southern Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. This Bear wonders if early settlers got in some boating trouble out on these lakes and that's where the name came from. Anybody know?

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    my friend commented once, that places with optimistic names usually encounter some problems. Maybe it's better not to jinx it

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    The only city (actually town) I can think of is Port Eden, and well, it's a very isolated town in the archipielagic Patagonia, and has no more than 3,000 inhabitants... It's very rainy and cold down there so I actually wonder why the name...

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    All's Not In A Name

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