Some towns that have changed their names

  • Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 11:14 p.m.

(AP) — Hot Springs, N.M., changed its name to Truth or Consequences, after the then-popular game show, in 1950. The change came after host Ralph Edwards called on any town in America to rename itself in honor of the show’s tenth anniversary, according to the town’s website.

• Berwyn, Okla., changed its name to Gene Autry in 1941 after Autry bought a nearby ranch, according to news reports.

• North Tarrytown, N.Y., changed its name to “Sleepy Hollow” in 1996, according to the town’s website. It is the village where Washington Irving set “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

• Mauch Chunk, Penn., merged with East Mauch Chunk in the 1950s and the new town became Jim Thorpe, after the famed Native American athlete. According to news reports, Thorpe’s third wife Patricia made a deal with the towns that included a memorial in his name after the governor of Thorpe’s native Oklahoma balked at the cost of a planned monument there.

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