Friday, November 08, 2013 4:37 am
Some towns that have changed their names
By The Associated Press
- Berwyn, Okla., changed its name to Gene Autry in 1941 after Autry bought a nearby ranch, according to news reports.
- North Tarrytown, N.Y., changed its name to "Sleepy Hollow" in 1996, according to the town's website. It is the village where Washington Irving set "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
- Mauch Chunk, Penn., merged with East Mauch Chunk in the 1950s and the new town became Jim Thorpe, after the famed Native American athlete. According to news reports, Thorpe's third wife Patricia made a deal with the towns that included a memorial in his name after the governor of Thorpe's native Oklahoma balked at the cost of a planned monument there.