This is the ‘weirdest’ town name in Iowa
Between hundreds of towns and 99 counties, there’s no shortage of unique city names in Iowa. But, which one is the weirdest?
What Cheer, according to real estate start-up blog Estately.
The Keokuk County town of roughly 600 people is home to a premier flea market and more than 100-year-old opera house. How did it land on a name deemed "weird" by at least one real estate blog? According to a 2015 article from the Cedar Rapids Gazette, a man named Joseph Andrews named the community post office “What Cheer” after "an old English greeting" in the mid- to late-1800s.
The name Andrews delegated thus became the name of the town, the Gazette article said. And the town — located about 90 miles southeast of Des Moines — holds the name today.
Other towns to make the list include Cool, Balltown, Manly and Des Moines’ own Beaverdale borough. Fifteen Iowa towns in total were highlighted.
Not citing a specific formula, the blog says it “scoured dozens of maps to locate the strangest (names) of them all.” Other Midwest towns listed include Frankenstein, Mo., Little Canada, Minn., and Worms, Neb. It also cites other regional oddities the likes of Spuds, Florida, Jackpot, Nevada and Bald Head, Maine.
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But, what about the other not-so-normal town names Iowans could take pride in? While northern Iowans can take pride in Manly making the list, what about the oh-so-Iowan names not strange enough to make the list?
One must ask Estately (which, according to its website, doesn’t offer services in Iowa): Why no love for our little apple, Brooklyn? Or the town with the bike race called "24 hours of Cumming," in Cumming? What about our own slice of the Caribbean, Jamaica? And, really Estately, no love for Pleasantville? There’s even a movie (starring pre-”Spiderman” Tobey Maguire) that made the town sort of famous in the late '90s.
At least, for now, Iowa is Ding Dong free (good job, Texas).