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Old 12-26-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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OK, here's a puzzle for you. Name a place in the 'states. City, county, river, lake, state. What is the origins of the name? I was joking in the tourtiere line about it. Illinois; "of the Illini" (tribe of Native Americans) in French. Combination of native American and French. Anybody have a question or just a knowledge of an area or just want to quiz us? Give it a try.

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Old 12-26-2010, 02:37 PM   #2
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Addendum: Info only...Laramie, WY was named for Fort Laramie...French trader, Jacques LaRamie, owned/ran the trading post before the US troops arrived and created the fort.
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Sault Saint Marie, Michigan...how did it get it's name? Called the Soo by Michiganders. I don't know the answer to this one.
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Sault Saint Marie, Michigan...how did it get it's name? Called the Soo by Michiganders. I don't know the answer to this one.
You will find the answers here...another trading post and Mission:

Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ahhhh! The Rapids of Saint Mary
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OK, there should be a bunch of you from both these places. There are two Red Rivers in the U.S., that I know of. One is in Texas, the other separates ND from Minnesota. The latter is one of the few rivers in the world that flows north (hey, I told you I had military background. Try being stationed in North Dakota the next time you complain about weather).

The thing I don't know is why are they called Red Rivers? To my view, they didn't seem much redder than any other river around. Pretty brown to me. Was there maybe a mineral that was mined in the area that colored the waters at one time?
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Hey, I checked the wikipedia sites and still can't find out what Sault means. I mean, we all know who Saint Mary is. Saule is a weeping willow, Saut is to jump. I've got to keep digging!
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Can you tell my husband is sick and I'm bored? Haha! Seriously, as I said, word and name origins have always interested me. I write a little local interest column for a paper, and someone once told me I can think of more ways to say things like "go to ----" than most!
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There are no specific origins for Missoula, lots of history but only riddles on the name itself.
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