There are a number of cities in the state of Indiana whose names will be recognized not only by us who live here, but also by those who live in other states. Of course, Indianapolis is at the top of the list since it’s the state capital and we all had to learn those in elementary school. Others are notable for being home to nationally renowned universities such as Notre Dame (South Bend), Indiana University (Bloomington), and Purdue University (West Lafayette). You could also argue that there are some people outside of our borders who are familiar with Fort Wayne or even my hometown of Evansville where I’m sitting right now. But for every Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Evansville, there are a slew of small towns dotting the state map. Some of these borrow their names from other, arguably more famous, places around the world.
In previous articles, I’ve looked at cities in the state that I think have weird or weird names (I see you Massacre, Indiana). I’ve also found several whose names make me giggle like a 12-year-old boy because they can come off as “dirty” if you put your mind to it (and you should, it’s fun!).
This time, however, I’ll take a look at our other Hoosier cities, which took inspiration from places around the world for their city names. And by inspired, I mean stolen. Let’s take an Indiana-centric world tour and see what we can find. What are you saying?
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From Holland to China, Cuba to Switzerland and everywhere in between, several Hoosier State cities borrow their names from countries and cities around the world.
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Most of these towns got their names in the mid to late 19th century when settlers found unclaimed lots as they made their way across the country and decided to make them their own. While I imagine they thought the names they came up with were innocent and perhaps a homage to something in their lives, pop culture has since warped our minds to the point that we can’t help but think of something about to think the city was never intended by its founders. Take a look at this list. I guarantee there is at least one name that will make you laugh.
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Outside of the big cities, the state of Hoosier is full of tiny towns that you’ve probably driven through on your way to one of these towns. Most of them are probably 100 to 150 years old or older and have been around much longer than the major metropolitan areas like Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Evansville. Typically, they were founded by early settlers who found their way into the state and decided to make it home. Eventually others joined them and a community was formed. Over time, as surrounding areas grew, most of these were incorporated into those areas and governed by the nearest city or governing body, making them officially “unincorporated”, meaning that they had no formally organized local government of their own had.