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Paris, Tightwad, and Peculiar (Missouri Heritage Readers)

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Paris, Tightwad, Peculiar, Neosho, Gasconade, Hannibal, Diamond, Quarantine, Zif, and Zig. These are just a few of the names Margot Ford McMillen covers in her lively book on the history of place names in Missouri. The origins behind the names range from humorous to descriptive:

•Tightwad, Missouri, is said to have been named after a store owner who cheated a mailman out of his rightful watermelon to make an extra fifty cents. •Plad, Missouri, was supposed to be named "Glad," but the post office printed the name wrong, and it was too much trouble to get it changed. •Some place names describe a location, such as Big Spring or Flat River. •Other names show the influence of immigrants to the state, like Hermann, which is a German name, or the Maries River, which was derived from the French. •Many places are named for people or wildlife found nearby, while others are backed up by legend or simply picked out of thin air.

About the Author

Margot Ford McMillen teaches at Westminster College in Fulton, MIssouri, and also publishes an educational magazine called Our Missouri.  For many years, her special interests have been Missouri folklife, place names, oral history, conservation, and education.

Missouri Heritage Readers Series, Rebecca B. Schroeder, Editor

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826209726
Editor:
McMillen, Margot Ford
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Editor:
Schroeder, Rebecca B.
Author:
McMillen, Margot Ford
Author:
McMillen
Location:
Columbia :
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Missouri
Subject:
Names, geographical
Subject:
Readers for new literates
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Missouri History, Local.
Subject:
Americana-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Missouri Heritage Readers
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19941031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 illus
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 10 to 100

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