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The 15 strangest town names in North America

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Rough and Ready, California

Founded during the California Gold Rush, this kooky town was named after the mining company that settled there. A.A. Townsend, the company’s founder, patterned the company name after President Zachary Taylor’s nickname: “Old Rough and Ready”. Though at one time there were three towns in California with this name, only this one exists today.

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