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These 9 Towns In New Mexico Have The Strangest Names You’ll Ever See New Mexico

Often the strangest town names are in places where there’s not much around. You know, the middle-of-nowheres that populate our vast and beautiful country. New Mexico is not exception to the strange town name epidemic. Here are 9 towns I think you’ll find to be quite strange in New Mexico.

1. Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico - Photo by Benjamin

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico – Photo by Benjamin

Well the sign says it all. Truth or Consequences slightly contradicts my first statement that towns with strange names are “middle-of-nowheres.” Truth or Consequences is well known throughout New Mexico and even has a famous haunted hospital!

2. Pep

Pep, New Mexico - Photo by J. Mulhouse

Pep, New Mexico – Photo by J. Mulhouse

Perhaps the most ironic of town names in world history is Pep, New Mexico. This was the best image I could find of this not-so peppy town!

3. Dusty

Ranch sign in Dusty, New Mexico - Photo by Jack Parsons

Ranch sign in Dusty, New Mexico – Photo by Jack Parsons

Dusty, New Mexico says it all; it’s dusty. And boy is it desolate. If Pep is the most ironic name of a town than Dusty is the most literal.

4. Chilili

Chilili, New Mexico – Photo by Adobepillow

About 30 minutes southwest of Albuquerque, New Mexico you can find the small 100 resident town of Chilili. Not chili; Chilili.

5. Flying H Ranch

Flying H Ranch, New Mexico - Photo by Flying H Ranch

Flying H Ranch, New Mexico – Photo by Flying H Ranch

It’s so small that it’s not really a town but instead a ranch. It’s actually quite a lovely place with lots to do. It even has its own Facebook page.

6. Weed

Weed, New Mexico - Photo by Terry Bell

Weed, New Mexico – Photo by Terry Bell

This little fixer-upper is exactly what I’d expect to find in a town called Weed. I also expect to find some good herbal supplements.

7. Organ

Organ, New Mexico - Photo by ap0013

Organ, New Mexico – Photo by ap0013

There isn’t much happening these days in good ol’ Organ. The name however, comes from the Organ mountains that the Spanish explorers believed to resemble the instrument.

8. Pie Town

Pie Town, New Mexico - Photo by Dave Arnold

Pie Town, New Mexico – Photo by Dave Arnold

This image is of an old abandoned gas station in ruins. However, Pie Town is a place famous for pies. I’m not making this up. With a population of roughly 80 people and about 80 miles away from larger towns in all directions.

9. Toadlena

Toadlena, New Mexico - Photo by John Wise

Toadlena, New Mexico – Photo by John Wise

Toadlena is famous for one thing mostly and that is this trading post pictured above. If you feel like trading or buying kitsch items to show your friends that there is indeed a land known as Toadlena, then stop by.

 

John Newell

John Newell is a professional musician as well as student, who is currently working on his PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at The University of Washington. He is also a photographer and freelance writer.

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