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Five Texas Towns With Great Names – And What To Do If You Visit

Hondo, Texas

February 27, 2023



been to Uncertain and Ding Dong. Texas has so many towns with great names as these plus Sweet Home, Gun Barrell, Earth, etc.


These towns have interesting histories to go along with their names, and there’s more to do in them than just pose for a picture next to the city limits sign.

By Kinsley FisherJune 20, 2019 9:34 amArts & Culture, Weekend Trip Tips

Kermit, Texas is known for more than just having the same name as the famous Muppets character. It’s home to champion bull rider Jim Sharp, and the town named a street after the decorated athlete. If you ever find yourself in Kermit, stop by the bricked and columned Winkler County Courthouse. Another landmark rich in history is the Compromise of 1850 marker: the compromise led to Texas giving up one third of its land in exchange for profit. Also, don’t miss Kermit the Frog Boulevard, and don’t forget to take a picture with the Kermit-style water tower.


Telephone, Texas is in the northeast part of Fannin County. The town of about 210 people got its name from Pete Hindman who, around 1880, had the only telephone in the area located in his general store. He applied to open a post office but was denied several times because the names he chose were already being used. Then, he submitted the name “Telephone” and it was approved. The post office opened in 1886. If you plan to stay awhile, the hotels are walking distance from local restaurants. And if you’re in the mood for some peaceful scenery, Sandy Creek RV Parkis known for its beautiful woods.


Ding Dong, Texas is named after two settlers: Zulis and Burt Bell. They opened a store and hired an artist to make a sign. He painted two bells and underneath them wrote “ding” and “dong.” That’s how the town got its clever name. Although the town itself is quite small, it’s located on the Lampasas River and close to bigger towns such as Killeen. The cozy town had its 15 minutes of fame when it was featured on the Johnny Carson Show and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!


Uncertain, Texas, home to the mysterious Caddo Lake, has an abundance of water activities. Take a day tour of the lake on a steamboat, pontoon or mud boat. Other activities include fishing, hunting and paddling. While you’re on the water, keep an eye out for birds. After you’ve explored the lake, head to the local flea market for some unique finds or grab a bite to eat at Shady Glade Café.


Bigfoot, Texas got its name from William “Bigfoot” Wallace. He was a Texas war hero, a Texas Ranger and a, at 6 feet, 2 inches and 240 pounds, he was Texas-sized guy. At the edge of town is the Bigfoot Wallace Museum. And

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