What a Dirty Shame!

What a Dirty Shame!

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Title: What a Dirty Shame!: 100 Unforgettable Place Names of Oklahoma
Author: Jim Marion Etter
Description: There is probably not an Oklahoman or a visitor to Oklahoma who hasn’t wondered about the meaning or origin of the names of many of our cities and towns and other landmarks.

 

Those names mirror the 46th state’s diverse culture and unique history. They sing with the beauty of American Indian languages, reflect the hope or earthy humor of early settlers, or ring with the energy of entrepreneurs.

In some instances, the record documenting the birth of an Oklahoma place name no longer exists – if it ever did. In others, the "official" version varies from local legend – or is greatly enlivened by it!

Respected Oklahoma author Jim Etter examines both history and folklore – and that intriguing blend of both – in this work that results from his years as a journalist whose work has taken him to hundreds of Oklahoma communities where he talked with – and listened to – thousands of Oklahomans.

The result is a book that is both informative and entertaining and quintessentially Oklahoman – part fact, part fiction and bigger and better than either.

J. Blake Wade, Executive Director

Oklahoma Centennial Commemoration Commission

Contents:
  • Foreword ix
  • Acknowledgements x
  • What a Dirty Shame! 100 Unforgettable Place Names
  • of Oklahoma 1
  • Spiro Mounds (circa 950 A.D.) – Long, Long Ago 2
  • Devil’s Canyon (circa 1611) – ‘Cañón del Diablo’ 4
  • Cimarron River (circa 1650) — A Pot of Beans 7
  • Ferdinandina (circa 1719) – A Royal ‘Mess’ 10
  • San Bernardo (1759) – The Wichitas 12
  • Navajoe (circa 1760) – The Comanches 15
  • Rainy Mountain (circa 1797) – The Kiowas 19
  • Sequoyah (circa 1829) – The Cherokees 22
  • Wigwam Neosho (circa 1829) – Sam Houston 24
  • Eagle Town (circa 1832) — The Choctaws 26
  • Cutthroat Gap (circa 1833) – A Sad ‘Presence’ 28
  • Boggy Depot (1837) – ‘On the Boggy’ 30
  • Going Snake (circa 1839) – A Memorable Name 32
  • Antelope Hills (circa 1849) – Animals, Art and Stories 34
  • Packsaddle Crossing (circa 1858) – A Span of Theories 37
  • Tamaha (1864) – The Steamboat 40
  • Camp Napoleon (1865) – Big Powwow 42
  • Robbers’ Roost (1867) – ‘Blast ‘em Out!’ 44
  • Ghost Mound (circa 1867) – The Rise of Legends 46
  • Left Hand Spring (1868) – The Chisholm Trail 48
  • Ghost Hollow (circa 1871) – Spooks and Gun Smoke 52
  • Cowboy Hill (circa 1871) – The Great 101 54
  • Glass Mountains (1873) – ‘Glassy’ or ‘Glossy’ 59
  • Polecat Station (circa 1873) – Stages, Not Skunks 61
  • Hennessey (1874) – The Ambush 62
  • Doan’s Crossing (1874) – The Great Western 65
  • Needmore (circa 1875) – Not Short of Memories 67
  • Trail (circa 1875) – Horses and Trains 69
  • Sacred Heart (circa 1875) – A Mission and Mystery Books 71
  • Wauhillau (circa 1879) – Ned and a Water Mill 73
  • Robbers Cave (circa 1880) – Belle’s Abode? 74
  • Oklahoma (1881) — An OK Idea! 76
  • Wetumka (1881) –- A Bunch of Suckers 78
  • Dead Indian Lake (circa 1881) – Non-politically Right 80
  • Paw Paw (1882) – ‘Way Down Yonder ...’ 82
  • Tin City (circa 1883) – Prairie Patchwork 83
  • Keokuk Falls (circa 1888) – Jim Thorpe 85
  • Beer City (circa 1888) – A State Line Tradition 87
  • Nowata (1889) – A Dry Place? 89
  • Corner (circa 1889) – ‘Bootlegger’ and Four Nooses 91
  • Loco (1890) – A Town with Savvy 93
  • Okarche (1890) – ‘Bless you!’ 95
  • Eldorado (1890) – ‘All That Glisters ...’ 97
  • Hope (1890) – Still Plenty of It 99
  • Fairmount Cemetery (circa 1890) – A Good Horse 101
  • Oologah (circa 1890) – ‘Will’ 103
  • Spook Light Road (circa 1890) – ‘Looking For His Head’ 105
  • Chickiechockie (1891) – Chickie and Reba 107
  • Grand (1892) – A Fine Mystery 109
  • Dogtown (circa 1892) – Howlin’ Days of Summer 111
  • Horsethief Canyon (circa 1892) – A Catchy Name 113
  • Buzzards’ Roost (circa 1892) – Jesse James? 115
  • Okeene (circa 1892) – Snakes Alive! 117
  • Saddle Mountain (circa 1893) – The Peak of Nostalgia 119
  • Lost City (circa 1893) – Found by a Star 121
  • Geronimo (1894) – A Warrior 123
  • Moscow Flats (1894) – Pure Americana 125
  • Violet Springs (circa 1894) – No Flowers 126
  • Kansas (circa 1894) – The Little One 128
  • Mustang (circa 1894) – Horses and High Class 130
  • Sulphur (1895) – Name with a Smell 132
  • Maud and Bowlegs (1896 and 1927) – Not Very Nice 134
  • Berlin (circa 1896) – Luck of the Draw 136
  • Wildcat (1897) – More Like a Kitten? 138
  • Frogville (1897) – River Serenades 140
  • Wildman (1900) – Mining Mayhem 141
  • Big Pasture (circa 1900) – Texas Cattle and Wolves 143
  • Gotebo (circa 1900) – A Popular Guy 146
  • Nofire Hollow (circa 1900) – Wes Lived There 149
  • Punkin Ridge (circa 1900) – Watermelons, Too 151
  • Roman Nose (circa 1900) – Name with a Face 154
  • Texhoma (circa 1901) – A Pair of States 156
  • Starvation Creek (circa 1901) – Tough Times? 158
  • Hooker (1902) – Not Really 160
  • Dempsey (1903) – Oklahoma Weather 162
  • America (1903) – More Than a Name 165
  • Bugtussle (1903) – ‘Little Giant’ 167
  • Okesa (circa 1905) – Unforgettable Elmer 168
  • Vamoosa (1906) – ‘That Name Will Do!’ 170
  • Saint Louis (circa 1906) – Joking Around 172
  • Wild Horse Mountain (circa 1906) – Barbecue Country 174
  • Moonshine Road (circa 1907) – Spirited Memories 176
  • Medicine Spring (circa 1909) – Gilbert’s ‘Hidalgo’ 178
  • Strong City (circa 1911) – Firewater Express 180
  • Ragtown (1913) – Tents, Shacks and Peddlers 182
  • Titanic (circa 1915) – Unsinkable? 183
  • Salt Springs (1920) – Racing for Dollars 185
  • Pie Flat (circa 1920) – Sweet Things 187
  • Wizzbang (1921) – Boomtown 188
  • Tater Hill (circa 1924) – Dizzy Dean 190
  • Dirty Shame (circa 1925) – A Lovely Landmark 192
  • Ticky Ridge (circa 1925) – Itchy Subjects 195
  • Cross Bell Ranch (circa 1927) – Trouble in the Osage 197
  • Slapout (1932) – A Small Inventory 200
  • Possum Hollow (circa 1934) – ‘A Way of Life’ 202
  • Tia Juana (circa 1938) – North of the Border 204
  • Gene Autry (1941) – A Magic Name 206
  • Red Rock Canyon (1956) – Unique, Sorta 209
  • Lottawatta Road (circa 1964) – A Way of Talkin’ 211
  • Nowhere (circa 1976) – Definitely There 213
  • Afterword 215
  • Index 217
 
Reviews:

"WHAT A DIRTY SHAME!" is further proof that Jim Etter is a master storyteller.

Dennie Hall,

Book Editor, The Sunday Oklahoman

 

What a dirty shame that this book is not twice as long. Jim Etter has a genius for unearthing such marvelous tales as these and writing them up with humor or a historian’s touch – most often with both.

Dale L. Walker of El Paso, Texas,

Western historian and past president, 

Western Writers of America

 

What a dirty shame to drive across Oklahoma and not know the story behind these many names. Jim Etter has dredged them all up in this wonderful book. It’s funny, tragic and historical.

Dusty Richards of Springdale, Arkansas,

Auctioneer, rodeo announcer and veteran novelist

 
About the Author: Jim Marion Etter is a retired newspaper reporter and a longtime writer of history and folklore. He grew up in the small eastern Oklahoma town of Oktaha, and began his career with The Muskogee Daily Phoenix & Times-Democrat. He did newspaper and television work in Laredo, Texas, served as a military journalist in Latin America, and for more than 20 years wrote for The Daily Oklahoman.

 

 
Details: 2006 [ISBN: 1-58107-122-1; 248 pages; 5 ½ x 8 ½ inch; softcover]