Towns Named Willow

There are lots of towns with willow trees in their names. The problem is that almost all of them are followed by other words. I am familiar with Willow Springs, MO, for example, a town of more than 2,000 people near Mountain View. Ruth had relatives in Mountain View when we first got married and we visited them often.

Willows are interesting and beautiful trees. I asked Ruth about weeping willows and she told me that she would not have one because they take up a lot of room and nothing grows under them. There are 400 types of willow trees. They originated in Asia. They always grow near a body of water and are widespread in North America, where 13 types grow well. The most popular variety seems to be the weepers. All weeping willows are willows but not all willows weep. I don’t know for sure, but Ruth may not like willows because they are ideal snake shelters. They grow well in most places and tolerate many growing zones. Ruth had to learn about different zones when we moved to Washington. There are Willow towns in at least 15 states.

There’s a very small town named Willow in Virginia. It’s in Richmond. There’s also a town called Willow Oaks in this eastern state. There’s a Willow City in Texas that is very small. The Willow in Oklahoma is also an exceedingly tiny community, but it’s still on most maps. The Willow in Ohio is followed by Wood. There are 2 Willows in New York where these trees grow exceedingly well. They are Willow Point and Willow Ridge Estates. The Willow in Michigan is south of Detroit. There is a species of Black Willows that grow especially well in Maryland, so there are some towns with Willow in their names close to Baltimore. There are 2 towns with Willow in their names in Kentucky, Willow Shoals and Willow Grove. There are also 2 Willow towns in Florida and one each in New Mexico and Nebraska. There are 2 Willows in the Chicago area, Willow Springs and Willowbrook. They are very close to each other. About 14,000 people live in them. There are also 2 Willow towns in Florida and one in Arkansas, and there’s an entire Willow Valley in Arizona. There’s a town named Willows in California and also a Willow Creek.

There’s even a Willow in Alaska, so it’s a good thing that willows like cold climates. It’s a town of more than 2,000 Alaskans about 50 miles north of Anchorage and not all that far from Denali National Park, a very popular destination in the summer.


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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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