When you think of cities and towns in Indiana, the big ones usually come to mind. Indy, Evansville, Ft. Wayne, etc. But for every one of those, there's a small town somewhere with a name that makes you go, "What?" And then you might chuckle a little.
This idea came to me while listening to a podcast. They did a segment about the dirtiest-sounding city names in the country, so I did a little research to see how many towns we had here in Indiana that would fall under the category of odd, peculiar, or just plain unusual. There are way more than 10, but these are definitely the cream of the crop in my opinion.
KEEP READING: 40 Real Indiana Towns with Quirky, Weird, and Funny Names
Outside the major cities, the Hoosier state is full of tiny little towns you've probably passed through on your way to one of those cities. Most of them are likely 100 to 150 years old, or older, and have been around far longer than the large metropolitan areas such as Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Evansville. Typically, they were started by early settlers who found their way to the state and decided to make it home. Eventually, others would join them, and a community was formed. Over time, as the surrounding areas grew, most of them were folded into those areas and governed by the nearest city or county's governing body officially making them "unincorporated," meaning they did not have their own formally organized municipal government.
A scroll through Wikipedia's long list of unincorporated communities in Indiana
shows several of them have names that by today's standards would be considered weird, quirky, or just downright right funny. These are my 40 favorities.
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From Holland to China, Cuba to Switzerland, and everywhere in between, several towns across the Hoosier State borrow their names from countries and cities around the globe.
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A majority of these towns were given their names in the mid-to-late 1800s as settlers making their way across the country found unclaimed plots of land and decided to make them their own. While I imagine they thought the names they came up with were innocent, and perhaps a tribute to something in their lives, pop culture has warped our minds to the point since then that we can't help but think of something about the town that was never intended by its founders. Take a look at this list. I guarantee there's at least one name that will make you chuckle.