The Nine Worst Arizona Town Names

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5) Santa Claus*

Unfortunately, Santa Claus gets an asterisk, because the town was abandoned less than a decade ago. The town's history was surprisingly well documented, and the origin of the name is tracked down to some weird lady who wanted to make a whole Christmas-themed town.

4) Miami

Well, we have the heat in common, but not the humidity or the ocean.

3) Mexican Water

There's hardly any readily available information for this town on the Navajo Nation. However, it was probably named well before "don't drink the water" became the most common piece of advice given to people visiting Mexico.

2) Nothing*

Although Nothing was abandoned for several years, someone tried to revive the town in 2008. Recent pictures seem to show that Nothing's nothing again.

1) Three Way

A map of Three Way gives the likely explanation of the town's name, but let's not rule out any other explanations.

Honorable mentions:
  • Wagon Wheel
  • Planet
  • Chloride
  • Avenue B and C

The authenticity of town names was verified using the federal Geographic Names Information System.

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