Towns Named Brooklyn

There are said to be at least 2 dozen towns named Brooklyn scattered about. Geotargit says there are 29. Brooklyn has become a popular name for people. There are lots of parents who name their offspring Brooklyn or a variation of this name. The name Brooklyn for a town, however, comes and goes. I well recall a part of East St. Louis across the Mississippi River from us was known as Brooklyn when I was growing up. Is it still there? A lot of Brooklyns have changed their names. Present-day Dayton, Kentucky, was once called Brooklyn. A lot of Brooklyns have been absorbed into large cities. Brooklyn, Florida, for example, is now a neighborhood of Jacksonville.

Some say there were Brooklyns once in every state. This is apparently no longer true. The champion country with towns named Brooklyn appears to be Australia. There are said to be Brooklyns in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland. There is a neighborhood called Brooklyn in Waterbury, CT, but I have found a town with this name in the eastern part of the state with an East Brooklyn nearby. I give up when it comes to towns with this name.

A town named Brooklyn used to be part of Charlotte, NC, but it was entirely torn down. As far as I can tell, there are definite towns still with this name in the states of Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, and Wisconsin. There are also Brooklyns in Ohio because a suburb of Cleveland has this name, and there are apparently tiny Brooklyns in the states of Washington and West Virginia. The Brooklyn in Wisconsin is definitely on my map south of Madison. The Brooklyn in Maryland is now Brooklyn Park, a city of more than 14,000 people and now a part of Baltimore. There is even a controversy about the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. A place where at least 2 and a half million people live and the city that spawned all of the other Brooklyns is either a city or a county, but it’s not classified as both. My atlas lists Bronx but not Brooklyn, which seems to explain this.

The weirdest Brooklyn to me is the town in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is surely on maps in my possession. There are also rumored Brooklyns in Newfoundland and Labrador that Come From Away. There is also said to be a town called Brooklyn on Prince Edward Island. Saint Louis and Covehead are on my current map, but it’s not.


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