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10 Arizona Towns With the Best Names

10 Arizona Towns With the Best Names
Robert Huffstutter via Flickr

Not every town in Arizona has a name its townspeople ought to be ashamed of, as we explored in our list of the 10 Arizona towns with the worst names.

Now, we'll give you the list of the 10 best-named towns in Arizona:

10.) Littletown

That city is Tucson. That little red marker is the little town of Littletown.
That city is Tucson. That little red marker is the little town of Littletown.
Google Maps

That name was not meant to be a joke. It's 0.4 square miles.

 
9.) Bowie

Also Bowie.
Also Bowie.
Hunter Desportes via Flickr

Unfortunately, not named after David.

 
8.) Phoenix

No big deal, just rising from ashes and whatnot.
No big deal, just rising from ashes and whatnot.
Dru Bloomfield via Flickr

C'mon.

 
7.) Del Muerto

A woman we hope is the mayor of Del Muerto.
A woman we hope is the mayor of Del Muerto.
Greg Westfall via Flickr

According to Will Barnes' book Arizona Place Names, the guy who named it found the abandoned ruins of a home back in 1882, and found a whole bunch of dead folks -- okay, "several" dead people -- in one of the rooms. Sounds like an appropriate name.

 
6.) Winslow

Yes, this is a real statue in Winslow, commemorating the song.
Yes, this is a real statue in Winslow, commemorating the song.
teofilo via Flickr

Only cool thanks to the Eagles. Anyone who's ever been there knows that standin' on the corner is about the most exciting thing to do in that town. (Seriously.)

 
5.) Overgaard

It's "Isengard" that gets us.
It's "Isengard" that gets us.
Rosana Prada via Flickr

It's technically Heber-Overgaard now, and Heber sounds like a name out of the hillbilly handbook, but Overgaard still sounds like it's from Lord of the Rings.

 
4.) Show Low

These are a lot of high cards.
These are a lot of high cards.
Images Money via Flickr

Real cowboy shit. We'll let the city's website explain:

Show Low received its name when C.E. Cooley and Marion Clark decided there was not enough room for both of them in their settlement. The two men agreed to let a game of cards decide who was to move. According to the story, Clark said, "If you can show low, you win." Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs and replied, "Show low it is."


 
3.) Skull Valley

Just like this, but in some sort of valley.
Just like this, but in some sort of valley.
istolethetv via Flickr

Long story short, this place definitely deserves the name. According to the Arizona Place Names book, the first white guy to find this place found "found piles of bleached Indian skulls." Then, two years later, 35 more people were killed there. A photograph from the Sharlot Hall Museum shows what appears to be a whole lot of skulls.

 
2.) Carefree

10 Arizona Towns With the Best Names
Chelsea Nesvig via Flickr

The Honey Badger of towns.

 
1.) Tombstone

10 Arizona Towns With the Best Names
Frank Kovalchek Flickr

Just the perfect reminder that people around here just murdered each other all the time.

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