I started this post thinking I’d give you some statistics about Thanksgiving Day in America. A surprising discovery led me down a different path. I had fun doing the research for this one. Enjoy this virtual Thanksgiving meal road trip.
The first Thanksgiving was in 1621.
50 pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag tribesmen attended the three-day feast.
Today, 28% of Americans will have more than 12 people at the dinner table.
The average time preparing Thanksgiving dinner is 7 hours.
The average time eating the meal is 16 minutes.
Not surprising, I couldn’t find an average time to clean up after the meal.
But in the middle of this rather dry research, I came across a bit of fun. These are the American towns or townships you could visit on a virtual Thanksgiving Meal road trip.
The Main Dish
Turkey Creek, Arizona
Turkey city, Texas
Turkey town, North Carolina
Turkey Creek Village, LA
There are Turkey townships in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
The Side Dishes
Two Cranberry townships in PA (two different counties)
Cranberry, West Va
I must say someone forgot the stuffing. Or do you call it dressing? The closest I got was Bread Loaf, Vermont. Anyone know of a town named after stuffing?
Potato Creek, South Dakota
Bean Station, Tennessee
Pea Patch Island, Delaware
(There’s a town called Burnt Corn in Alabama, but I don’t want to jinx anyone with burnt side dishes on Thanksgiving—unless you like it that way.)
Red Onion, Kansas
Soda Springs, Idaho
Hot Coffee Mississippi
Coffee Springs, Alabama
Tea South Dakota
Beer Bottle Crossing, Idaho
Pumpkin Town, South Carolina
Pie Town, New Mexico
Walnut Creek, California
Pecan Gap, Texas
Gnaw Bone, Indiana
Alas, there is no Wishbone that I could find.
I’m certain I didn’t find all the towns named after the traditional foods of an American Thanksgiving. Do you know of any in your state?
This virtual Thanksgiving meal road trip won’t take you any farther than your computer (phone or tablet), but more than 50 million Americans will travel to visit family on this holiday. Safe travels to all and have a happy and (not too) healthy Thanksgiving!