It's easy to arrive Early and Uncertain when you are in the Lone Star State, and these are just two of many extraordinary town names on the Texas road map. Filled with facts and anecdotes, Tandem Towns tells the stories behind the names of Bigfoot, Gun Barrel City, Dime Box, Jot 'Em Down, Fort Spunky, Cut and Shoot, Turkey, and many other places. A special feature of the book is its unique pairing of town names based on rhyme, alliteration, or natural association -- Tarzan and Notrees, Quanah and Quitaque, Schertz and Tye, etc. For added benefit to name collectors, an appendix provides 500 funny, weird, and puzzling names from maps of the 49 other states.
Helpfully, Tandem Towns shows preferred pronunciations for Waxahachie, Mexia, Refugio, Hico, Lajitas, and other Texas town names often mispronounced..
Bill and Clare Bradfield dedicated this book to transplanted Texans "who are living useful lives and accomplishing significant things across America and around the globe."
About the Editors:
Bill Bradfield published Financial Trend: The Newsweekly of Southwestern Industry & Investments for a dozen years and earlier was editor of Dallas-area daily and weekly newspapers. An Air Force veteran, he is a member of the Texas State Historical Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He and Clare Sargent married in April 1952, several months after she joined his staff as a reporter and feature writer for the thrice-weekly Garland News. The Bradfields live in Dallas.