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SmallTownPapers, Inc. works with newspaper publisers across the country to digitize and provide online access to historic printed archives.

10 Places With Strange Names ~~ (and How They Got Them) appeared last month on the Mental_Floss blog. That post explored “the stories, legends and theories” behind ten American towns with quirky names. Here we display a reference to each of those locales from the digitized pages of newspapers published during the past century, all of which are available in American Newspaper Archives. A few of these items focus on the place names themselves; others mention these locations only in passing—in…

The News-Democrat (Waverly, Tennessee) newspaper archive is available at

Monroe County Reporter (Forsyth, Georgia) newspaper archive available and searchable at