Hell, MI USA 48169.....

United States
May 10, 2009 10:22am CST
I bet you didnt know that when people told you to go to Hell...that you can actually go to Hell....[i]For several hundred years, the low, swampy area was occupied mostly by the Potawatomi tribe. Later, in the early 19th century, it was the most unpleasant part of a trail between Lansing and Dexter (which at the time contained a major farmers market) and a point on the route taken by traders portaging between the Huron River and the Grand River.[citation needed]In the late 1830s, George Reeves, a New York farmer, started several businesses in the area — a general store, and a watermill, and a distillery — which became the core of a minor population center. By the 1840s, enough people had immigrated to make a 70-person school viable[citation needed] (assuming 19th century birth rates, this pegs the population somewhere close to its current level).[original research?] [edit] Name There are two leading theories cited by residents for the origin of Hell's name:The first holds that a pair of German travelers stepped out of a stagecoach one sunny afternoon in the 1830s, and one said to the other, "So schön und hell!" - translated as, "So beautiful and bright!" Their comments were overheard by some locals and the name stuck.[1]The second holds that after Michigan gained statehood, George Reeves was asked what he thought the town he helped settle should be called, and replied, "I don't care, you can name it Hell for all I care." The name became official on October 13, 1841.[2][/i] In my research in the last couple weeks of Michigan History and small getaways for my family I came across this and thought you might get a kick out of it!!! There are so many great places to visit in Michigan...and I have found just a few but I wanted to share with you how great the state of Michigan is ....even in our sore state of economy as it is right!!!! What are some uncommon city names near you??? I am very interested in hearing!!
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@Jennlk84 (4216)
• United States
10 May 09
That is too funny!! I didn't know that HELL really existed right here in the U.S.A. lol I'm trying to think of some of the crazy small towns we have around here. I know there is Hollywod, Paradise, Fisherman's Paradise, and Desire. Right off the top of my head I can't think of any others but If I do, I'll come back and post them!
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• United States
10 May 09
ohhh, I wonder if there is anything interesting behind the city Desire.... thanks for those names... I am finding so many interesting things about my own state lately....I wish I did this great at studying when I was in high school!! I would have been a better student!! happy mylotting and have a great day!
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@Jennlk84 (4216)
• United States
13 May 09
Thanks for the BR!!! Oh and another town...... weedville :-p
@ElicBxn (61149)
• United States
12 May 09
Texas is rife with odd, cool, interesting named places. Utopia http://www.utopiatexas.net/ , Heaven http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/hvh42.html , Cut and Shoot http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut_and_Shoot,_Texas , Earth http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/EE/hje2.html . In fact, here is an artical with interesting info about Texas place names http://www.texasescapes.com/FEATURES/Texas_town_names/naming_of_names.htm And yes, there really is a China Grove down around San Antone (Antonio for those who don't know the song.)
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• United States
12 May 09
those are really cool!! thanks for sharing that info... I love to read things about the past and how they came about!! happy mylotting and have a great day!!
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@deebomb (15319)
• United States
12 May 09
I'm sure you've heard the expression "When Hell freezes over" Now it can happen since Hell can and does freeze over. Here inn South Carolina there is a town call Cowpens. Jan. 17, 1781 became a turning point in the Revolutionary war. It was a stopping point for cattle drovers. There is Ninety six. The town was established in 1730 in the backcountry at the crossroads of an important trade route. It derived its name from traders believing that it was 96 miles to the nearest Cherokee settlement of Keowee. How about Valentine Nebraska. You can have letters sent to your love with the Valentine post mark.
• United States
12 May 09
oh those are awesome!!! I love reading things like that ...and about history and how things came about!! thanks for that!! happy mylotting and have a great day!!
@anniefannie (1737)
• United States
11 May 09
here are some names that are uncommon around where i live. Monkeys eye brow.Podock,Fancy,Leake Skillet,Posssom Trot and there are more silly names like that i don't know how the names came about.
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• United States
12 May 09
Oh those are really funny names for towns.... thanks for those names!! Happy mylotting and have a great day!!
@j00nior (182)
• Canada
10 May 09
That is so cool! I know there is a place in the Cayman Islands, on the Grand Cayman island, called Hell. Its very much a tourist trap though, because it really is not a fun way to spend your day. It is just a bunch of dark rock formations, and one settler said that this was how he imagined hell to look, so the name stuck. The fun part of it is the post office, which when you mail something from Hell, it says from Hell, not from Grand Cayman! Pretty cool, but don't get sucked into spending your whole day in hell!
• United States
12 May 09
I forgot all about the Cayman Islands having the town of Hell there too....LOL!! I was there in 2001 and we didnt make it there, we went swimming with the stingray instead and we were on a cruise... It is pretty funny, and its amazing what facts you can find out about your own state with all its history... I have been spending alot of time doing that lately...LOL Happy mylotting and thanks for the response.
• India
10 May 09
The next time someone says to me to go to hell, I'll pack my bags and stand in front of their door step and ask for the tickets to that place. I can have a free trip and not to mention teach him a lesson. Nice find. Well you wouldn't want me start off with the names of cities in India. There is always a story behind the name and everyone will sound strange. bourne
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• United States
10 May 09
isnt it funny!!!! there is actually a hell on earth and it is in Michigan....LMAO...and hey, I like that idea.. that would teach them to tell you that in the future!! Happy mylotting...and have a great day!!
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