Date: Tue, 29 Nov 1994 22:27:30 -0500 From: Robert Kelly Subject: Re: 'the' in place names (Kaye) Most curious American usage of THE I know is on the COlumbia in Oregon, The Dalles, (pronounced something like /d&lz/ (&=digraph). Never did find the reason. Big town. Dalles must be the dam or weir across the broad river there. It was 107 degrees when I passed through it, so I have not returned. RK