A Town Named Bikinis
It may sound strange to think of a town being called Bikinis, but a Texas man and owner of Bikinis restaurant chain, would disagree.
Doug Guller was able to buy an entire town off Craigs List. This ghost town was once called Bankersmith and is located in Guller’s home state. He is planning on making it a nice tourist destination.
Guller’s restaurants are called Bikinis because his waitresses wear bikinis to work.
He has eleven restaurants in operation right now in Texas and is planning on branching out to other states soon. Bikinis will soon be more popular than ever.
The Huffington Post reports, Bikinis, TX’s history began with the arrival of the San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Northern Railroad in 1913. The route was between Fredericksburg and Comfort and the uneven terrain necessitated a tunnel – one of two in the state.
The town reached its apex in the 1920s when it had a population nearing 50 people, but by WW2 the population dropped to around 20 people as residnece left in search of employment.
Speaking of his town, Guller said in a press release: “Bikinis, TX will be a world class destination and I am thrilled to expand the Bikinis brand to include town ownership. There can’t be a better way to put Bikinis on the map…Literally.”
Of course Bikini’s isn’t the first town with a strange name.Here is a list of interesting-sounding place names that have been collected over several years:
Abinger Hammer, near Guildford, Surrey.
Abington Pigotts, near Cambridge.
Ab Kettleby, near Melton Mowbray.
Above Church, near Cheadle, Staffordshire.
Ae, near Dumfries. The shortest place name in Britain.
Affetside, near Bury, Lancashire.
Affpuddle, near Dorchester.
Agglethorpe, in Coverdale, North Yorkshire.
Ainderby Quernhow, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
Alsop-en-le-Dale, near Buxton, Derbyshire.
America, near Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Anthill Common, near Waterlooville, Hampshire.
Anton’s Gout, near Boston, Lincolnshire.
Apes Dale, near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
Arpafeelie, near Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty