Was Gasoline, Texas, named in honor of a gas station? Nope, but the name does honor the town’s original claim to fame: a gasoline-powered cotton gin. Is Paris, Texas, a reference to Paris, France? Yes: Thomas Poteet, who donated land for the town site, thought it would be an improvement over “Pin Hook,” the original name of the Lamar County seat. Ding Dong’s story has a nice ring to it; the name was derived from two store owners named Bell, who lived in Bell County, of course. Tracing the turning points, fascinating characters, and cultural crossroads that shaped Texas history, Texas Place Names provides the colorful stories behind these and more than three thousand other county, city, and community names.
Drawing on in-depth research to present the facts behind the folklore, linguist Edward Callary also clarifies pronunciations (it’s NAY-chis for Neches, referring to a Caddoan people whose name was attached to the Neches River during a Spanish expedition). A great resource for road trippers and historians alike, Texas Place Names alphabetically charts centuries of humanity through the enduring words (and, occasionally, the fateful spelling gaffes) left behind by men and women from all walks of life.
Linguist Edward Callary and writer Jean Callary take readers on a tour across the state, using names and language to tell its history.~Alcalde
[Texas Place Names] helps us discover naming origins...[A] quite useful book.~Austin American Statesman
- Pronunciation Guide
- Texas Towns and Counties
- Appendix: A Tally of Texas Geographic Features, complied by the Geographic Names Information System
- References and County Index
Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Endowment
The publication of Texas Place Names was made possible by the support of the Clifton and Shirley Caldwell Texas Heritage Endowment.