Hell, MI – The story from Hell!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Rabbit Hash, KY - The town acquired its name from the events of a major flood that happened in the area. The name came into existence in 1847. A huge flood ravished the settlement during this time. A large rabbit population retreated into this area from the rising waters and became the main food source for the citizens. There were so many rabbits that the local people created a special stew called “hash”. The dish became so popular that the community adopted the name of “Rabbit Hash”. The town was completely submerged in 1937 by another flood. Today, only the Rabbit Hash General Store stands in this community. I’m not sure about the rabbit population!
Rabbit Hash Recipe - FYI!
1 1/2 to 2 cups of cooked rabbit
1/3 cup of shortening
½ teaspoon of celery salt
½ teaspoon of salt
You should also know:
The town always elects an animal as its mayor. Really!
½ teaspoon of pepper
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Liberal, KS - The town was founded in 1888. Water was very scarce in the 1880’s but S.S. Rogers had dug a well on his homestead and offered free water to the visitors and their livestock who passed through the area. This was unusual because water was not free. The surprised visitors would comment to
that “this was mighty liberal of you”. The name caught on and was known to travelers as Liberal. Rogers has always been considered a conservative state. Kansas
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Like thousands of other towns in the
, this community reminds us of the spirit and perseverance of our ancestors. Their main goal was to be successful in their lives and provide a great environment for future generations. Many towns adopted names from adjectives or nouns describing their new hometown. Mystic, Luck, Competition, United States , and Surprise are examples of this method for naming their new communities. Speaking of the road to success, sometimes it was bumpy and full of dangerous curves for the early pioneers. Sometimes when they finally arrived, there expectations were different than what they actually experienced. Many communities did not survive. However, we know of no communities by the name of failure! You can always find “Success” in the states of Defiance and Arkansas . New Hampshire
Friday, September 3, 2010
Photo - Courtesy of Library of Congress
Monday, August 23, 2010
Troll Capital of the World
In the late 1800’s, more than 70% of the citizens living here were of Norwegian descent. Norwegian folklore has always told stories about trolls. Trolls are these ugly looking elf-like beings having only four fingers and a long crooked nose. It was thought they guarded treasures of diamonds and gold. The troll phenomenon in this community started back in the mid 1970’s. A local Scandinavian gift shop began displaying statues of trolls on their lawn to attract business. The trolls became so popular with the citizens that they went troll crazy. There are many troll businesses located on Mount Horeb’s Trollway. PS. The Grumpy Troll Brew & Pub is a great place to eat and drink!