There’s a town in Michigan called Zilwaukee, which was named so that people would confuse it with Milwaukee and move there to work.
The owner and only resident of this ghost town Lucin, Utah is a former Prague University engineering student who at 24 escaped the Iron Curtain in 1984 using his DIY glider powered with a 600cc Trabant engine, and landed undetected at Vienna International Airport.
The town of Bridal Veil in Oregon maintains a functional post office despite not having had any permanent residents for more than three decades. This is because several thousand couples go out of their way each year to mail their wedding invitations from Bridal Veil for the unique postmark.
The currency US-Dollar is indirectly named after the Czech town Jáchymov. The town’s German name is Joachimsthal and the coins produced here were called “Thaler”. The Dutch called those coins “Daler”, which then later turned into “Dollar”.
The town motto of Normal, Illinois is “Everything Is Just as It Seems!”
A small town in Minnesota attempted to secede from the United States, as it could not get funding to fix it’s water system, and believed that it would be easier to accept foreign aid. It received it’s first “aid” in the form of a Ford squad car, and 10 cases of Jeno’s Sausage Pizza Mix.
In the Town of Green Bank WV it is illegal to use any WiFi and cellphones. This town is part of the National Radio Quiet Zone, in which radio transmissions are heavily restricted by law to facilitate scientific research and the gathering of military intelligence.
The town of Shitterton, England, kept getting its town sign stolen. In 2010, they finally solved the problem by installing a 1.6 tonne concrete slab with the town name inscribed on it.
The FBI has an entire fake town for training agents. Hogan’s Alley has a bank, post office, hotel, laundromat, barber shop, pool hall, shops, and homes. The town is populated by actors who roleplay parts like bystanders, terrorists, bank robbers, and drug dealers so scenarios always change.
Coober Pedy is an Australian town where 80% of its residents live underground.