Monday, January 11, 2016

Important List #11 - Illinois town and city nicknames

This list draws heavily (OK, entirely) on a Wikipedia entry that you should consult for a longer and more detailed list. The last one is my favourite.

  • Collinsville - Horseradish Capital of the World
  • Crystal Lake - A Good Place to Live
  • DeKalb - Barbed Wire Capital of the World
  • Griggsville - Purple Martin Capital of the World
  • Huntley - The Friendly Village with Country Charm
  • Joliet - City of "Snap and Progress"
  • Marion - Hub City of the Universe

Some notes on Marion, in southern Illinois. It was founded in 1839 and now has a population around 17,000. Ten people died in a tornado in 1982. It has had the same mayor since 1963. Nineteen sixty three! 

I thought perhaps it had an automotive parts industry or even bike parts - as an explanation for the 'Hub' nickname. As this doesn't seem to be the case, I can only accept that Marion is in fact, as it claims, the Hub City of The Universe.

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