10 Most Ridiculous Street Names in Atlanta

Silly Atlanta Road Names on Google MapsWhen I first moved to Atlanta in 2003 I quickly began to realize that the road-naming scheme in this city was considerably different than in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. I was used to names like Front Avenue and Broadway and loads of streets designated by numbers. In short, simple names that fit on standard road signs at street corners.

What I found here in Atlanta were street names that weren’t so much names as they were identifying phrases. Names like something Bridge Road, something Mill Road, something Ferry Road and something Spring Road. To make things even more interesting, street signs were rarer and names would even change from one block to the next and back again.

So almost immediately I began building a short mental list of the most unusual and ridiculous street names I came across. Last week, I even created a Google map (with their new My Maps feature) marking these interesting streets. And then yesterday, a post on the Freakonomics blog came out on whether street names have an impact on housing prices. The stage has been set perfectly for my latest list masterpiece.

Enough already, on to the list:

10.) Peachtree Road/Street/Industrial Boulevard – This single, winding, miles-long Atlanta artery has a chameleon name, and is a favorite local target for jokes. In fact, so much so that any native of the city reading this now is rolling their eyes and sighing. Sorry, the list wouldn’t be complete without this tourist terrorizer. (Just be happy I got it out of the way quickly. :) ) Oh yeah, and all other streets in the greater Atlanta area named Peachtree anything are also automatically included in #10.

9.) Honour Avenue – This one gets an honorary mention for being pretentious two ways; being called “honour” and being called “honour” with the superfluous English ‘u’. (No offense meant to those on the other side of the pond, but it just looks silly over here out of context. Innit.)

8.) Sugarloaf Parkway – It’s hard to put my finger on the silliness here, but I know it’s there. The wikipedia definition for sugarloaf just adds more confusion to it all. I gather it has something to do with a lot of some white powder substance, or a pile of dirt that reminded somebody of a pile of white powder substance. Either way, silly.

7.) Hardscrabble Road – Hardscrabble! Triple word score! What the heck is “hardscrabble” anyway? I looked it up, it has two meanings: 1.) “Yielding a bare or meager living with great labor or difficulty.” and 2.) “Marked by poverty.” Good call on the road name folks. All it needs is a small dead-end side street called “Slow Painful Death Court.”

6.) Settingdown Road – Even my spelling checker hates the name of this road.

5.) Flowery Branch Road – At a loss for words here. Was “Floral Avenue” already taken? We’re talking about a road, here, not a Haiku.

4.) Beaver Ruin Road – All I can say is that must have been one hell of a beaver accident, because it ruined this road for life. (I’m so clever, I should write country music lyrics!)

3.) Land O Lakes Drive/Court – Were to begin. These streets (there is a “drive” and a “court”) are named after butter! I checked online, the company of the same name is based in Minnesota somewhere, a business can’t be blamed. Also, the name has “O” in it. Not “O’ ” or “Of” which would make it less ridiculous, but “O”. And there are two streets with this name; they made the same mistake twice!

2.) Best Friend Road – This road just makes me shudder ever time see the sign.

1.) Jot Em Down Road – This should not be the name of a street, it should be the name of a bad country song. And I should write the lyrics. Somebody with a name containing as many double consonants as possible should sing it. It’d win an award for the one hit wonder band and a few years later people would ask, “Whatever happened to those A-holes that wrote Jot Em Down Road? God I hate that song!” The singer would later be found dead in a hotel room of an overdose of Colt 45 and double consonants. I think that pretty much covers it.

(Dis)Honorable Mentions
There were a few other funny names I ran across when I was pushing pins in the map for this post.

Mechanicsville - The name of neighborhood just outside Atlanta perimeter highway 285. I did a quick search for information on the place and found nothing. I guess a city full of mechanics wouldn’t spend all that much time online. But it’s in good company, according to wikipedia, there are 23 other cities out there with that name. (6 of them are in Pennyslvania!) Unfortunately, the large numbers don’t prevent this from being a ridiculous name.

Sam’s Crossing – I found this one by accident, it’s the name of a 500 foot stretch of road that crosses a railroad track. On either side of this small slab of cement are roads named Arcadia. While the name isn’t particularly comical, the fact that has a name at all is.

Cynthia McKinney Parkway – Named for the former Georgia congresswoman who punched out a capitol hill security guard because he had the gall to ask for her identification. Heck, I used to think you had to do something great to get your name on a road or a town, like, I dunno, found a nation or head up a major civil rights movement. But I guess beating the hired help did get her name in the papers across the nation.

Ooo! Gotta run, I see a security guard, I’m gonna go get my name put on a street sign!

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22 Comments

  1. babychaos said,

    May 3, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Beaver ruin…. phnark (laughs dirtily). Impressively barking, especially when you think that your country should be new enough to have avoided this kind of tomfoolery!

    Cheers

    BC

  2. Cyndi said,

    May 3, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Peachtree Industrial is also called McEver Road once you get into Hall County and ends up in Gainesville. ;) I’ve lived just miles from Flowery Branch since I was three and my list of silly names could kick your list of silly names butt!

  3. Cyndi said,

    May 3, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    And Cumming didn’t even get an honorable mention… I’m ashamed. :D

  4. Brian said,

    May 3, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    babychaos: Georgia is one of the original thirteen colonies, so it has had just enough time to cultivate a mild amount of tomfoolery. Given enough time, it will probably be the first state to bloom into full silliness.

    cyndi: Actually, I had mentioned it, but I deleted it :) In a previous, unpublished version, I had incorrectly located Mechanicsville near it, and made a snide, suggestive comment about it. It was terribly clever, but I’ll let you put the elements together.

    I hope you’ll post your list of silly road names! I’ll update the post and link to it. :)

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  6. can u show me more information said,

    January 4, 2008 at 2:11 am

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    please alot of streets name.

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  8. Kevin McIntyre said,

    August 5, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Here’s another one to add to your list: Dunmovin Ct. in Kennesaw

  9. Ed Young said,

    July 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I did a web search on ridiculous street names to compare those in my hometown of Columbia, Maryland, with other cities. I shared this information with others in other locations around the country. They in turn have responded in kind. We’ve started a trend: Name Your Most Ridiculous Street Name! In Antelope, CA, it’s “Snafflebit Way.” In Mountain View, CA, it’s “Lois Lane.” In Columbia, they include “Melting Shadows Drive” and “Forty Winks Way,” not to mention “Quiet Hours Drive” – one street down from Forty Winks Way.

  10. lance canker said,

    August 19, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    It is a little outside of Atlanta on the east side, but I always liked Snapfinger Road. Snap those fingers!!!

  11. Brian said,

    February 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    A minor correction–Mechanicsville is actually inside the perimeter, in the southwestern part of downtown. It is near the old railroad artery/gulch, from which it derives its name; at some point, it was the part of town where the locomotive mechanics lived/worked.

    And if you’ve ever been near Valdosta on interstate 75, there is an exit for Gornto Rd., as in “Where is this road gorn to?” (going to).

  12. Dan said,

    March 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Near the Mall of Georgia (or the “Mall of Gah” as my son puts it) one finds “Cross Road”. Ugh.

    Then there are the street names that as so long they don’t fit on any form you might have to fill out: “Old Shadburn Ferry Road” in the Atlanta burb of Buford (and yes, close by is “Shadburn Ferry Road” just to confuse visitors.) Or how about “Lawrenceville/Suwanee Road” a name so long that it doesn’t fit on the signs so they abbreviate it to L’ville/Suwanee Rd. (though certainly not as bad as the ubiquitous “Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard” found in every city including Portland – but to fit on signs we just get treated to “MLK Jr Blvd.”

    And don’t even get me started on the local highway numbering schema in Georgia; you drive on country roads around here that have, like , 4 different state and country route numbers weighing down a single post on the side of the road. Which road are we on? 211, 11, 53? Apparently all of them at once!

  13. Laly said,

    April 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    lol!
    I live on settingdown or if its on the other side of 400 its Setten Down…Or something like that lol. Its confusing.
    I, personally, hate Punchhamnd Rd and Picklesimer Rd…Eeekk!

  14. sridhara said,

    June 28, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Near the Mall of Georgia (or the “Mall of Gah” as my son puts it) one finds “Cross Road”. Ugh.

    Then there are the street names that as so long they don’t fit on any form you might have to fill out: “Old Shadburn Ferry Road” in the Atlanta burb of Buford (and yes, close by is “Shadburn Ferry Road” just to confuse visitors.) Or how about “Lawrenceville/Suwanee Road” a name so long that it doesn’t fit on the signs so they abbreviate it to L’ville/Suwanee Rd. (though certainly not as bad as the ubiquitous “Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard” found in every city including Portland – but to fit on signs we just get treated to “MLK Jr Blvd.”

    And don’t even get me started on the local highway numbering schema in Georgia; you drive on country roads around here that have, like , 4 different state and country route numbers weighing down a single post on the side of the road. Which road are we on? 211, 11, 53? Apparently all of them at once!

  15. Donna said,

    July 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    and then there’s “Five Forks Trickum” – wrong on so many levels

  16. March 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Belatedly, I’ll point out that there are in fact *two* “Mechanicsvilles” in the Atlanta area, one an intown neighborhood (near what used to be the location Terminal Station, where now stands the Richard Russell Federal Courthouse) and one OTP just north of Doraville. Both locations are correct, and both were named for/by the railroad mechanics who worked in the yards and lived nearby.

    “Five Forks Trickum Road” derives from that tradition of naming a road after the towns/communities it serves. It connects Five Forks and Trickum.

    Just saying that every street name, however silly it sounds, had a reason for being that sounded good at the time. Well, except for Cynthia McKinney Parkway, which is hard to justify on any level.

    The ones I wonder about are “Boulevard Drive” and “Boulevard Avenue”.

    • Cayanna said,

      April 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Ditto to everything you said, Daniel. Should have read yours before I posted mine. As for Boulevard, well, I live near the old Boulevard Dr that has been changed to Hosea Williams Dr–I guess to differentiate from the other Boulevard downtown that runs thru Old Fourth Ward and is barely a mile away. It may be silly like having 2 last names.

  17. Betty said,

    October 16, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I read once that there is (approx) 154 different streets in Atlanta by the name of Peachtree….whether it is St,. Rd, Ct, Cir., and they all have the S. SW, SE, N NE NW, E and W with all the variations. Then there are all the Peachtrees that have other words tacked on before the directions…
    I found a new one the other day that I had never heard of….Peachtree Battle….
    The most confusing place I could never figure out was Hickory NC….I finally had to move out of there…..

  18. Cayanna said,

    April 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Mechanicsville used to be where the mechanics who worked on the railroad lived. (All lines met at Five Points) Anyway, I don’t think those names are very silly. I kept looking for The-By-Way and couldn’t believe you left it off.

  19. Jill said,

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    There’s also Jimmy Carter Blvd. in Norcross which becomes Holcomb Bridge Rd.towards Roswell, then Highway 92 all the way out by Woodstock/Acworh. It has others names as well in other cities but i can’t think of them all at the moment…

  20. Geena said,

    January 22, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I actually heard an announcer on talk radio mention a traffic snarl on Ass Clench Road. The guy filling in for that sap Eric Erickson was hysterical as were we. Is that a real road? Can’t find it on Mapquest.


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