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Place Names

August 24, 2018, 5am PDT
When allowing a crowd to decide the name of something important, make sure to add a layer of self-control.
April 2, 2016, 11am PDT
It's surprising to see places named with racially offensive words in 2016—no matter what your take on political correctness.
December 25, 2015, 5am PST
Make a note of these places for tomorrow when you realize Christmas is 364 days away.
October 9, 2015, 6am PDT
Did you know there's a place called Point No Point, in Hansville, Washington? It's quite pretty, actually, but is that reason enough to go there?
July 18, 2015, 5am PDT
Route Fifty created a ranking system to judge the "gravitas" of each of the avenues in the nation's capital named after the 50 states in the Union.
Route Fifty
January 23, 2015, 8am PST
If you're into place names and the history of presidential politics, we have just the map for you.
The Atlantic
August 28, 2014, 12pm PDT
David Conde discusses the new reality taking hold in traditionally Latino neighborhoods on the Northside of Denver, especially the reactions to the name for the area adopted by newcomers: the Highlands.
La Voz
February 1, 2014, 11am PST
Nomenclature changes, especially for cities with chronologies spanning centuries and even millennia. Test your knowledge of historic, even ancient, place names.
Guardian Cities
May 8, 2013, 10am PDT
As Midwesterners flocked to Southern California in the first decades of the last century, place names associated with the region's Spanish settlers were anglicized. A return to proper pronunciations reflects the area's changing demographics.
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2010, 9am PDT
The word "squaw" is considered a racial slur by Native Americans. In 2001, women from the Warm Springs Tribe convinced Oregon lawmakers to take the word out of state place names, but little has happened so far.
The Oregonian