Date: Thu, 24 Feb 1994 21:04:29 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ARIZVMS.BITNET
Subject: Re: Texas town names
The trouble was they kept the wrong spelling: if they had just written it
as Picket Wire, nobody would have been the wiser. This reminds of the
famous double etymology of Smackover, Ark. The folk etymology is that it
was so named because "it was smack over the river" from somewhere. The
alleged real etymology is "chemin couvert", according to Ernest Haden.