1Gettysburg, South Dakota
Gettysburg lies near the Missouri River and boasts roughly 1200 inhabitants. Now you know where to go when you want to get away from any Civil War reenactments.
Note in case you missed History class: The Battle of Gettysburg, fought from July 1-3, 1863 in the state of Pennsylvania, is considered the most important engagement of the Civil War. (Source)
The agricultural town of Happy is in northern Texas, on Highway 87 in Randall and Swisher counties, and is part of the wider metropolitan area of Amarillo. Happy is, in fact, on the way to Amarillo.
The town is overflowing with friendly people who possess the kind of charm you only find in the American South. One resident said, "Despite our problems, I'd rather live in Happy any day than Boring (Oregon), Tightwad (Missouri) or No Name (Colorado), though I've always been tempted by Sweet Lips (Tennessee.)" (Source)
The 61-year-old sign seems simple enough, perched near a curve on a hillside knoll on what's informally known as “the Old Road to Whitesburg.” Its white backboard has gotten dingy with age, but it's red and blue Royal Crown Cola logo is still gleaming, and it still welcomes folks to a town of “1,534 Friendly People Plus 2 Grouches.”
Bradley Bentley started the RC Cola Bottling Company in the 1940s and erected the sign a few years later. He said Letcher County residents have always been curious about who the town grouches are. People would stop stop him and other family members on the street to ask about it, but that's a secret the family never revealed, and won't anytime soon.
The sign initially acknowledged one “grouch” in the city of Whitesburg. Another was added around 1993.
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6Rennie, MB (Canada)
home of something…
or somebody famous…
someday… maybe” (Source)
10Tisdale, Saskatchewan (Canada)
Rape refers to rapeseed, which has a number of varieties, including canola. However, seeing the word on the Welcome to Tisdale sign has upset some people, who point out that, fair or not, it evokes sexual assault.
The Tisdale survey does not deal with that aspect of the controversy, but notes that today, organic rapeseed accounts for less than one per cent of the crops grown in the region. (Source)
12Toronto, Ontario (Canada)