Superior Hazards?

People once thought it was wise to name their towns either Superior or Hazard. There are only 7 towns that consider themselves Superior in the world. Four towns consider themselves Hazards.

There are towns named Hazard in Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Washington; but 3 of them are very small. Only Hazard, Kentucky, is large enough to count. There are 5,000 people living there in hazardous conditions. The Hazzard in Georgia is a purely fictional town name used for a popular TV show long ago. It is not considered life-threatening to live in Hazard, KY because it was named for Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval hero and not a disastrous condition.

You would think that there would be more towns named Superior than 7, but there are not. The towns that think they are better than others are in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and 2 other states. Superior, AZ is a mining town that began its existence as Queen. About 3,000 people now live there. Superior, CO is far larger because it’s just south of Boulder and north of Denver. About 12,500 superior people live there. The Superior in Montana is a town of fewer than 1,000 on Interstate 90. Superior, NB is near the Kansas border and home to almost 2,000. The largest Superior is the city of more than 27,000 across the bridge from the western end of Lake Superior. It has a tourable ship called the Meteor, is a lake port across from Duluth, MN, which has lots of fun tourist attractions, was the last port-of-call for the Edmund Fitzgerald, a ship that sank in Lake Superior almost 50 years ago, and is close to Wisconsin’s tallest waterfall in a nearby state park. Surprising no one, this city was named after the Great Lake. There are very small Superiors in Iowa and Wyoming. Their combined population is less than 500.

I have never visited a Hazard or a Superior, but Ruth and I have driven through Superior, WI and seen the Superior Entry Lighthouse.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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