100 KEYS: Names Across the Land by Christine Fletcher

100 KEYS: Names Across the Land

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The origins of 100 American place names -- from Demopolis (Alabama) to Indian Mills (New Jersey), Boomer Creek (Oklahoma) and Register Cliffs (Wyoming) -- are explored in a series of short historical essays. The names were chosen partly for their intrinsic originality and partly because they reflect ""political, social, or religious ideas that have played a part in the nation,"" and Fletcher does a good job of relating each to personalities of regional or national importance and to the character and national backgrounds of their early settlers. While neither concise nor complete enough to serve as a quick reference tool, the volume makes for productive browsing and could stimulate interest in local history.

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 1972
Publisher: Abingdon