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October 21, 2021


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As far as places named for businesses, I compiled a Wikilist of geographic acronyms and initialisms ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_geographic_acronyms_and_initialisms ). That is, places whose names are acronyms. One fairly large section of that list is places named with company acronyms, most of which were company towns.

I once got curious about when these were first named and the earliest I could find was Elco IL, named in 1878. The tradition is that people naming it were meeting in front of the general store and someone noticed boxes stenciled with "E. L. Co." (E Levenworth and Company General Store) so he suggested that name.

That wasn't a company town; the earliest of those was about 1892. I forget off-hand which name that was.

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