Towns Named Hanover

According to the experts, there are 24 Hanovers in America. I have found all 24 of them, and most are very small. This was a fun activity. At one time, naming your town after a German city must have been a popular pastime, There are 31 Hanovers in the entire world with the biggest one in Germany. West of Berlin and its kind of forgotten city, it’s the capital of Lower Saxony and is a city of about 530,000 people known for its trade fairs and gardens. It was a medieval burg and fairly large by the13th century but was heavily bombed during World War II. Its people reportedly love fireworks and often spell their city Hannover. Ruth and I have been to Berlin, Munich, Aachen, and Bonn, Germany, but we’ve never set foot in Hanover during our travels.

The largest Hanover in the United States is either the city in Pennsylvania, a state that has 2 Hanovers, or the city in New Jersey with about 14,000 people in it and close to New York City. There is also a substantial Hanover in New Hampshire with more than 8 thousand people living in it. Its near a town called Lebanon in the central part of this tiny state. It is a stand alone community like the Hanover in New York State in Chautauqua County. The Hanover in Texas is not too far from a town with a colorful name if you consider Dime Box an unusual name.

There is another state with 2 Hanovers besides Pennsylvania. There is a Hanover in this state near Allentown with a population of 800 and another Hanover not too far from its capital and Gettysburg with a much larger population. The other state with 2 is Illinois. There is a Hanover not too far from Galena is the hilly northwestern part of Illinois and a suburb in Chicago called Hanover Park near Schaumburg.

There are fairly large Hanovers still in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Indiana, a state with many, many town names as I have pointed out on previous occasions. All the rest of the Hanovers are relatively small towns, like the one in New Mexico near Silver City with a population of only167 people.

The few international Hanovers are in Germany as I said before, and there’s a Hanover in Canada. The Hanover in Ohio is also not too far from a town named Bethlehem and it’s close to the Ohio River. However, my favorite Hanover appears to be on an island off the coast of Maine.


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