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Kentucky Place Names Paperback – January 4, 1988


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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (January 4, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813101794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813101798
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A bonanza for historians, linguists, geographers, folklorists, genealogists and people who are simply nuts about names." -- Appalachian Newsletter



"Good reading for anyone interested in Kentucky history and folklore, and it whets the appetite for more." -- Louisville Courier-Journal


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Daniels on September 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Kentucky's founding fathers excelled in making counties, today there are 120 of them in the Bluegrass state. As well they went above and beyond the call of duty when it came to naming the communities in which they lived. Few states if any can boast of a Bugtussle, Monkey's Eyebrow, or even a Thousandsticks among their place names. Rennick's book chronicles these diverse and unique names found in Kentucky. Most of the communities listed include the directions within the county in which they are located, as well as a brief description of how the community got it's name. The book is a valuable asset especially to those interested in the social and economic development of Kentucky and good reading for anyone interested in Kentucky History. By the way Stop is located in Wayne County near the Parnell community and is named for where the road ended or stopped.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Kimmel on March 18, 2007
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I am using this book as a source of information for some railroad travel guides I am putting together, and it is very helpful, in that it is not merely a "list of place names," like so many other similar books I have seen are. This book actually has historical information and useful material which I can incorporate into my guides, which will make train travel passing through the places listed in the book much more enjoyable and interesting. It is an excellent resource!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Yu on March 19, 2013
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This is a very impressive, well-researched work that will prove of interest especially to Kentuckians who are into the history of the commonwealth as well as to people who just enjoy place names and what they can reveal to us. My one reservation about this book (which is why I didn't give it five stars) is that the pronunciation key does not distinguish between the so-called long-i sound and the short-o sound. In other words, the two vowels of a name like Pine Knot are given the same phonetic rendering, but though Kentuckians and other southerners do reduce the long-i to the initial part of the diphthong, they definitely do not fail to distinguish it from the short-o.

One more comment, concerning one of the other reviews here. Stop, Kentucky, was not so named because the road stops there. The road most certainly does not. I know this because my family is from just east of there. The name was chosen because the postmaster at Mt. Union was given limited choices of the names he could choose for the local post office in the early 20th century. This is how, for example, Rector's Flat, to the east of Stop, got a post office name Murl, where one of my grandparents was the postmaster.
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