Sunday, June 8, 2014

Oronogo, Missouri

From where do communities obtain their names?  Consider the case of Oronogo, Missouri:

According to Wikipedia:  "The name, according to local tradition, came about when it was found that the previous name, "Minersville" was already taken. At a public meeting to change the name, after considering many possibilities, a man in the back blurted out "its ore or no go", referring to the mining operations. Elaborating on that, Colonel J. M. Young, suggested substituting the Spanish word "Oro" for ore, and the dropping the "or" to make the word euphonius. He pronounced it "Oronogo" and the audience accepted the name."

However, Vance Randolph, in his folklore book Pissing in the Snow, gives an alternative version.  According to local sources, a prostitute practiced her chosen profession there, but always required payment in gold ore.  She would say, "It's ore or no go."  And the town assumed that name.

You take your pick.


Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

I prefer the second version.

TexWisGirl said...


Mike said...

Never heard of Oronogo,Missouri. Maybe I'll visit Oronogo, or not go.

Bilbo said...

Too bad Oronogo isn't located on the Orinoco.

Anemone said...

A funny name origin story makes for a fun history,

Cloudia said...

Love your findings!

ALOHA from Honolulu
=^..^= <3

John Hill said...

If you ever decide to visit this oddly named town, give me a holler. I'm not too far away.