I think that part of the fun in modeling is naming buildings, places, or things
after people you know or places you like, without getting too whimsical or silly.
I've got the Bloated Goat from the original in Mogollon, New Mexico.
There's Woodie's Cantina after Woodie Greene.
MJ Mining Company after my son.
Morrison Borax after Marion Morrison (aka John Wayne).
Washington Street after General and President George Washington.
And Eastwood Ravine from Back To The Future III.
Sometimes you can use history as a beginning point for a name.
Virginia City, Nevada got its name from:
"When a miner named James Finney,
who was more often called “Old Virginny” from his birthplace,
dropped a bottle of whiskey on the ground,
he christened the newly founded tent-and-dugout town,
“Old Virginny Town” in honor of himself.
It was later changed to Virginia City.
By 1862, the population had soared to some 4,000,
and would continue to increase over the next decade and a half."
I have a grave marker for Joe "Hooch" Simpson,
who was hung in Skidoo in 1908.
I always liked that story on how Hooch was hung, buried,
dug up and re-hung, so that a reporter could take a picture.
Enough rambling for now.
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