If there were ever a town to be named after “weed” the logic would reasonably dictate that it would have to be in California. It turned out to be true as far as that goes.
The Weed they were named after however had nothing to do with their forward looking laws, instead it was named after Abner.
The town of Weed gets its name from the founder of the local lumber mill and pioneer Abner Weed, who discovered that the area’s strong winds were helpful in drying lumber.
It might not come as a surprise that a town that relies on its natural resources has one of the more impressive backdrops, but just take a look at their town website. Golly.
It’s the kind of beauty you’d expect from a town that, according to its own website, “(I)s nestled at the base of Mount Shasta in the Cascade Mountains and half way between San Francisco and Portland.”
Not everybody wants to stay in the town of nearly 3,000, though.
Weed is also mentioned in John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men (first published 1937) as being the town that George Milton and Lennie Small are fleeing from at the beginning of the book.
Oh, Lenny, you big bear, you never had it so good.
The people that funneled into Weed, meanwhile, were the early immigrant workers because of the lumber industry.
While immigrants were a source of labor for the region, they were not always well treated, in fact in 1909 complaints from workers in the lumber industry reached the Italian consular. However, in time the Italian population came to be a cornerstone of Weed civic life. Many streets in the early Italian neighborhood bear names of Italian cities, such as Rome, Genoa, Como, and Venice.
A large number of black-Americans migrated to Weed as well, to work in Long-Bell Lumber Company’s Weed facility after the company closed two mills in Louisiana in 1922. The company promised to advance travel expenses and provide housing for workers relocating to Weed.
Immigrants locating in Weed since the 1980s have come primarily from Mexico and Laos.
Their reliance on logging has declined somewhat. Though perhaps Weed can take small solace in the fact that they have one hell of a thorough Wiki page.
This town’s travel website is just a hot blond and booze.
During incidents of terror, like the event that took place in Boston this week, stories are often written of the victims OR the steely resolve of the town. Here, they are one and the same.
I don’t much about the victims but the main detail in the writings about them list them as an exuberant child, a person who came here to better herself, and a good friend.
That’s Boston. That’s America.
It’s odd. There are parts of this story that Somebodyisfromhere.com could swear that he’s already written. It’s fitting then that parts of this town’s origin might also have to do with this sense of Deja Vu.
Maybe that’s just Peculiar. Continue reading
Somebodyisfromhere.com has every expectation that Facebook employs the cream of the crop in terms of their computer specialists. Through these geniuses they’ve tuned highly specialized algorithms to look deep into Somebodyisfromhere.com’s soul.
And they have learned the “perfect” hotel for him is a Homestead Studio in Cleveland.
Archive: July 8, 2009.
At first, when Somebodyisfromhere.com read the words under ”SALE, SALE” sign, he thought nothing of it. Being American, he was trained to read the word ”American” and think nothing of it. Of course it would be American, why wouldn’t it? That was before he
remembered he wasn’t, in fact, in the United States.
This storefront is in Dublin, on Talbot Street. True to the thought that one can find anything on the internet, there is curiously a live cam of this store.
A store named “Not to Worry” is oddly disconcerting in itself and that’s before learning that they ”…have the largest stock of 100% human hair.” This is even uncomfortable on a couple levels.
Somebodyisfromhere.com supposes that wigs can be made synthetically, but to chose to call it “human hair” instead of something as simple as ”real” suggests that if you were to go to a competitor’s store, you might very well walk out with what? A horse’s mane for your head, perhaps? Some fur maybe?
The most dastardly consideration, of course, is why American hair? Are non-Americans talking about us behind our backs? And what the hell are they doing with our hair?
So, dear storefront, Somebodyisfromhere.com is worried. He’s worried of the prospects of terror. Somebodyisfromhere.com saw what Europeans do to Americans in Hostel and he saw the future of body part harvesting in The Island. Is this some kind of combination of the two?
Then Somebodyisfromhere.com remembered. He is American. And, yeah, he has phenomenal hair.
It’s Somebodyisfromhere.com’s birthday today. He’s been Doing this since 2007 and both he and the look to the website have changed so much. Most of the stuff he’s written over the last few years is still up. There are some lost in the recesses of his computer after he updated the style of the site.
Here are some of his favorites: Continue reading
Well if there was ever an apt Wiki page for a town it would be found for Needmore.
Needmore…as in needs more information. Needmore, a town in Pennsylvania, only has three sentences written about it on Wiki. There are three towns in Indiana named Needmore. One (Lawrence County) only mustered a one sentence description. Another (Vermillion) lacked a description altogether. The final one (Brown) did manage a full paragraph.
There are also Needmores in Georgia, Texas, and West Virginia.
Needmore…as in needs more people. The Pennsylvania town only has a population of 170. The Indiana page didn’t even bother listing populations. The Texas town only has 45 people.
Needmore…as in history. There aren’t any in depth explanations but one page explains where the peculiar name comes from. From the Brown County Indiana page:
It originally had the name Jackson’s Hollow. In 1915, a representative from the Illinois Central Railroad line was surveying the area for possible routes and the choice came down to nearby Helmsburg and Jackson’s Hollow. He eventually decided on Helmsburg because “The Jackson’s Hollow area needs more development to be considered a realistic choice.”
The Texas town was similarly named, “Needmore was so named because townsite promoters “needed more” settlers.”
Strangely, there are two in relatively close proximity in Texas:
In the state of Texas, there are four small communities that share the name Needmore and on the high plains of the Llano Estacado, there are two. Needmore (Terry County) is located approximately 55 miles to the southeast of Needmore (Bailey County). Both are rural agricultural communities with cotton gins.
In Indiana, “The nickname became a derogatory name for the local school’s basketball team.”
However, as Indiana’s very own Fighting Irish will tell you, call somebody something derogatory for long enough and they are liable to like it.
Eventually the name stuck and became a point of pride amongst residents.