Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 21:57:09 -0500

From: Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IS2.NYU.EDU

Subject: Re: "Mudville" Update

At 07:46 PM 12/16/97 -0500, you wrote:

Reportedly these two articles point to Stockton, California (formerly

nicknamed Mudville) as the

original Mudville. The two articles (based on the research of others) are

being mailed to me, and I'll pass along any information they contain.

Stockton is a fairly common name throughout the US in the 19th cent. for a

town to which cattle were driven for sale or slaughter or trans-shipment.

I've been in a couple of them, and a couple of my wife's relatives lived in

one. My guess from my experience is that they are usually pretty muddy,

dusty, pedestrian (hoofestrian?) places that might well get nicknamed

"mudville." Good luck, though I guess the caveats given on the name are

still not completely empty.

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]