Early morning fog lifts from the Arkansas River near the Terry Lock and Dam. The dam, and the Big Dam Bridge that runs over the dam, are the structures in the distance just visible beneath the shroud.
Toponymy, or the study of place names, can provide fascinating insight into history, language and the thinking of the people of a particular region, country or hamlet.
To quote from Wikipedia: In 1954 F. M. Powicke said of place-name study that it “uses, enriches and tests the discoveries of archaeology and history and the rules of the philologists”. Toponyms not only illustrate ethnic settlement patterns, but they can also help identify discrete periods of immigration.”
That being said, one has to wonder what is being said by the names of these places, or whether all the good names were already taken.