The world is changing. Today it’s OK to name your town Glasgow, but what about tomorrow? Will this name still be acceptable? There are 7 towns in the United States, for example, that began life with this name and still call themselves Glasgow. About 35,000 people live in towns with this name even though it’s really a city in Scotland where the ancestors of today’s residents were probably born before deciding to emigrate to America Three towns with the name Glasgow have gone completely out of business. They used to be viable towns in Iowa, California, and Alabama. This last one is said to be a ghost town in this Southern state. The other 2 have not existed for more than 100 years. There are said to be 14 towns in America with the name Glasgow. Will the residents of these towns eventually change the name of their town? We’ll know soon enough.
The towns with the name Glasgow are in Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia, and Montana. The Glasgows in Delaware and Kentucky are the largest. About 28,000 people reside in these 2 towns. The Glasgows in Missouri, Oregon, and Virginia have shrunk to a thousand or fewer residents. The Glasgow in Montana advertises itself as the most isolated town in America despite its 3,000 and more people. It’s in the eastern part of this vast state and is truly alone.
I have investigated the Glasgows in the other 8 states and am wondering if they plan to keep this name or change it? Most are very small towns if still on maps. The Glasgows in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, and Georgia barely exist anymore. Will their residents move or are they still proud to be called residents of Glasgows?
And what about the people who live in the Glasgow in Ontario, Canada? Are they still happy with this name? I assume that the residents of the Glasgows in Suriname and Guyana will eventually want a more appropriate local name. What about the people who live in Glasgow, Pennsylvania, on the Ohio River? Its population has dropped to 70 or fewer. Will they want to stay and keep the name of their town or will they change it?