It’s always a little disappointing when a town that sounds awesome ends up being a big letdown. Here are 5 great examples of this in Minnesota.
5. Cosmos, MN. Apparently back in the late 1800’s, a town resident had the idea to change the name of Nelsontown to “Cosmos” to bolster some tourism and possibly get a university built there. So the town changed the name. Unfortunately, there is little more here than streets named “Milky Way Avenue” and “Jupiter Street,” and the cosmically painted water tower.
4. Mountain Lake, MN. Where is the mountain, or the lake? This name could actually work somewhere up in the Iron Range or on the North Shore. But instead, it’s the namesake of a town in southwestern MN, on the flat prairie. There is a small, shallow, man-made lake outside of town, and according to the city’s website, one of the small islands looked like a mountain rising from the lake.
3. Bird Island, MN. The name itself conjures up all sorts of images of a lush, island oasis with exotic birds and wildlife. Names can be misleading, however, as this tiny town in the farm country of western Minnesota is more exemplary of the Great Plains than of Lakes Country. Not even a lake in sight. But their city website says there used to be a swamp.
2. Lakeville, MN. It should have been a pretty big competition for who gets to call themselves “Lakeville” in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. With literally hundreds of towns that sit right on these beautiful waters all across the state, the coveted term “Lakeville” unfortunately goes to a cookie-cutter, nameless suburb of Minneapolis that sits on the border of strip-mall-city, and farmland.
1. Castle Danger, MN. Along the wild and scenic North Shore of Lake Superior, there are many little townships that are nothing more than a restaurant/gift shop, or a resort, maybe a gas station. And the scenery is spectacular. But this one is extremely misleading too, as there is no castle. There really isn’t even a town. And the only danger is driving off the side of the highway and tumbling into Lake Superior.