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Strange street names

Posted May 5, 2010 10:02 a.m. EDT
Updated May 5, 2010 10:37 a.m. EDT

Friend and long-time WRAL colleague Kevin Shand suggested we do a blog about street names. What is the strangest name you’ve seen on a street, road, boulevard or highway sign? And what does it take to get a road named after you?

There’s a Possum Trot Road in the mountains. I laugh every time I drive by Roach Ranch Road near Jordan Lake. When I was a young television reporter there was a funny road name in Knightdale. Jackass Road was named in honor of a mule trader. In 1987 image conscious town leaders voted to change the name to Knight Road.

Former WRAL Anchorman Charlie Gaddy has a street named after him in Cary. It runs by the library. Former Cary Mayor Koka Booth once said he would work to give me a street name but it would probably have to be in Chatham County!

I once lived on Chimney Rock Road in Houston. The terrain was flat as a pancake and really made no sense.

Siler City has a Sewer Plant Road. That’s a very practical name but I don’t think I’d want to live there.

What is your favorite street name? Surprise and delight us!