This week my travels have taken me north of Champion into some interesting areas. I spent some time in a rectangle bordered by Routes 45 on the west and 193 on the east. The north and south borders were Routes 87 and 305. I was going through there on both personal and church business.
Driving around is one of the things that I like and that relaxes me. If you look at a map you will notice a lot of different names. Not being from the area I assume the names represent a lot of different families. Names such as Philips-Rice or Mahan-Denham naturally led me to think of the families they may represent. They could have been early settlers here or landowners or maybe they donated the land for the roads.
Because of the natural border of Mosquito Lake you can easily get confused or lost because Mahan-Denham is on both sides of it. So it is back down to Route 88 and across Mosquito Lake into Mecca and then find the connection to where I am headed. It?s no big deal just a little adventure.
I don?t know about you, but I wonder about the names of some of the places that I have driven through or stopped in. I like maps and I use them so I pay attention to names that are there. But I can tell you that I have driven through some of these places and didn?t even see the sign to let me know I had arrived. Or for that matter I didn?t see the sign that let me know I was leaving.
Some of the names on the map I find quite interesting and since I have a weird sense of humor I sometimes find myself having a Far Side moment. Take for instance, ?Deacon Creek Corners.? I chuckled when I thought about being up a creek with some deacons. There have been times I felt backed into a corner by a deacon, but I digress.
There is a small place called Klondike Corners and I seriously wondered how it got its name. I didn?t get an ice cream bar there or see any dog sleds. What?s up with that? Then you have Mecca which is on the eastern side of Mosquito Lake. I didn?t see any mosques but I did see a motorcycle on the roof of a bar, an ice cream stand and a little grocery store. Now how do you think that place got its name?
There is a town just outside of where I was traveling that was intriguing to me because of its name. That would be, Corinth. There are two books of the Bible written to the Church that meets in Corinth and there were some serious problems addressed by the Apostle Paul when he wrote to them. I?m not sure if there are any churches in Corinth, Ohio, but it makes my mind work overtime.
So what?s in a name? Some of these names represent people. Some of the people may have settled the land a long time ago. Some people may be forgotten except for their name that still stands on a map or street sign. It may even be worth a little study of local history to learn more about what?s behind the name. What about you, do you know what your name means or why your community has its name?
Mazey is a Trumbull County pastor.