As the second-largest state in the US, Texas is inevitably a diverse place, with many landscapes, peoples, and customs. While its main hubs and their attractions are common knowledge – Dallas, Austin, Houston, etc. – you probably haven't heard of these weird small towns in Texas. You probably wouldn't think to visit these Texas towns with crazy names, but you might change your mind after you hear about them.
There are so many strange city names in Texas. Some are mysterious, like Uncertain and Nameless; others are more comical. Care to stop by Oatmeal or Kermit? What about Goodnight? And then there's Ding Dong – that might just be the funniest name of all.
These Texas towns might be small, but their bizarre names and histories prove that size truly doesn't matter.
Ding Dong Is Named For The Bell Family
Ding Dong isn't the most attractive name for a town, but it shows an undeniable sense of humor. Ding Dong was founded by Bert and Zulis Bell in the 1930s. The Bells ran a store, and recruited a painter to paint a sign for them. He painted two bells, one for each Bell, and as a joke labeled them "ding" and "dong." The name stuck.
Oatmeal Was Named Due To A Mispronunciation
Americans are exceptionally good at giving up on names and words they can't pronounce. Case in point: Oatmeal, TX.
Although its exact origins are unknown, the town's name is rumored to be either a skewering of Othneil, the owner of a local mill, or a translation of Habernill, the surname of a Germany family that settled in the are in 1849. "Haber" could be a variation of "hafer," which is "oat" in German.
Today, the town celebrates its odd name and holds an annual Oatmeal Festival.
Goodnight Honors A Rancher
For a town with such a cool name, it's too bad that Goodnight, TX, has neither a great story behind it nor too many people who live there (less than 20). Goodnight was named after Charles Goodnight, a rancher.
Happy Inspired A Movie
Happy, TX, was named after the circumstances surrounding its discovery: settlers were happy to find water there. The tiny town, with a population under 1,000, is perhaps best known for being the setting of the 1999 comedy film of the same name.
According to the Guardian, there may not be much to do or see in Happy, but there's a joy to taking pictures and seeing its many signs. Also, the cemetery is called "Happy Cemetery," which must be fun.