Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Community Names

This interesting little article appeared in The Crittenden Press in October of 1931. 
 Various Reasons Assigned For Names In This County.

The name "Going Springs," has been a puzzle to many residents of Crittenden County, but a simple explanation of why this community is so called lies in the fact that back in 1802 an early settler, John  Going, came from South Carolina, bringing a lot of slaves, and located in Crittenden County by a spring, later known as Going Spring. As time passed on the whole community became known as Going Springs.  This locality lies about midway between Marion and Repton. (In the early 1900s there was a county school located here, it was also known by the name of Going Springs School.  Later it was closed and consolidated with the Mattoon School district.  The name, as the community, today has slipped away into history.  Not many people today ever heard the name Going Spring. )

Mexico, named for that revolutionary republic just south of us, was once known as "Harold," but when Uncle Sam found that mail addressed there often found its way to Herald, Ky., the name was changed.  The first railroad station at Mexico was known as Annora, but difficulty arose because that Illinois Central often mixed freight shipments intended for Annora with those marked Aurora.  When the railroad changed the name to Mexico, Uncle Sam changed the post office name to match.  Thus the similarity of names which led to confusion, caused this little town to become known as Mexico. (Today Mexico is a  very small community located about 7 miles south of Marion, it's name is still listed on the county maps to show it's location.)

For much the same reason Crayne is now officially known by that name, instead of the earlier "Crayneville."  The Illinois Central cut off the "ville" and left it Crayne because freight often got mixed with that intended for Caneyville farther up the line.  (Crayne is also a very small community, located 5 miles south of Marion.  It is the  home of 3 churches and is very fortunate to still have it's original Post Office.)

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