Texas Towns That Share Their Name With Cities All Over the World
Naming a city after another city is nothing new. It happens a lot. Here's a list of Texas towns that share their name with cities all over the world. Think about it, you could take an international adventure.....without leaving the comfort of your own home.
Athens is the capital of Greece and is one of the oldest cities in the world. It's home to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. It's also a small town in Texas. It wasn't named for it's Greek counterpart, though. It was actually named after Athens, Alabama. Weird.
While there isn't technically another Corsicana out there running around (that we know of), the name does come from a Mediterranean island named Corsica. Close enough.
If you're guessing that this name is inspired by the Scottish city of Edinburgh, you'd be right. The town name was changed to Edinburg in honor of a businessman who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. It rests in the deep southern portion of the Lone Star State.
Not sure why they left off the h in Edinburg, TX. I blame early copyright lawyers.
While this one isn't necessarily named after another city, it does share it's name on a galactic scale. Originally it was going to be named Fairchild, until it was discovered that a town with that name already existed.
In a move of brilliance or admirable slack, the town wound up named after the planet it resides on. Yes, you may slow-clap here.
In Italy, Florence is home to what is arguably the world's most famous artistic display of full frontal nudity, Michelangelo's "David."
In Texas, Florence is a small town 40 miles north of Austin. Flo-town is home of Florence High School, which is the only high school in the state with its own complete meat processing lab and meat market.
If we're going to include a planet, we might as well include an entire country or region. Which leads us to Holland. The Holland of international acclaim is a region in the Netherlands. They're known for windmills, tulips, and clogs.
Holland, TX isn't named for the geographical region. Instead it's named after James Holland.
The capital of England. Home to a giant clock and the Queen...and Queen as far that goes. The Texas counterpart is an unincorporated community in Kimble County. And it's TINY, coming in at a population of just 180 in the 2010 U.S. Census
To make matters even more confusing, there's a New London, TX as well. They had to change their name because of the other state-side London.
Internationally, Memphis is the capital of ancient Egypt. In Texas, it's a little town on 287 that got its name from an honest-to-God mistake. Someone tried mailing a letter to Memphis, Tennessee but put Texas instead. That letter was returned because that town didn't exist.
Needing a name for the town, Memphis was submitted and the rest is history. At least that's how the legend goes.
This one is another geographic region. Palestine is considered to include Israel, the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and parts of western Jordan. In Texas, Palestine is a city that got its name from another city located in Illinois.
It has a train museum, and is located in the Piney Woods. It's also home for a museum dedicated to the culture of East Texas.
Home of the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and croissants; Paris is internationally known as the capital of France and a place that really appreciates a good beret. It's the capital of a place that has it's own globally recognized method of kissing.
Paris, TX on the other hand has a replica Eiffel Tower wearing a big red cowboy hat.