Date: Thu, 24 Feb 1994 21:04:29 -0700 From: Rudy Troike 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. Rudy Troike