Screaming Left Hand Turn

While I continue to try and fail to write something with substance for this blog here are a few silly maps. Once I got the GNIS database into ArcGIS I was able to query it for place names with any words or parts of words I wanted. So I mapped places with unusual words in them—at least unusual for place names. Words like unknown, scream, terror, calamity, ghost, haunt, and so on. Here are the results.

Unknowns:

Hauntings:

Ghosts:

Screams:

Terrors:

Calamities:

The word “devil” occurs in so many place names and in so many different ways I felt obliged to make a slightly different style of map.

I hope to finish writing up some longer and perhaps more interesting posts soon; more interesting in the sense of being about arcane, esoteric bits of toponymical history.

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