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VALDEZ, AK - MARCH 31: Clouds hover over snowy peaks near Prince Willam Sound on March 31, 2004 near Valdez, Alaska. Fifteen years after the Exxon Valdez supertanker split open on a submerged reef and spilled 11 millions gallons of crude oil into Prince Willliam Sound on March 24, 1989, legal fights continue. Experts thought the crude would be gone by 1995 but oil still clings to rocks on once-pristine beaches where sea otters digging into relatively fresh oil are still unleashing toxins. Residents and scientists are pushing for a $100 million re-opener of the landmark $900 million civil settlement Exxon signed in 1991 to resolve environmental claims before it expires in 2006, amid fear that the Bush administration will not attempt to secure the additional $100 million. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Nerd alert! The origin of the names of all 50 states. I love stuff like this!

See if you can guess which state was named after a utopian society? Most are names indigenous to the land and the language of the people who were already here. And of course the colonists added their two cents!

 

The Origins of State Names

The following is an article from Uncle John's Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader. A.M. Walzer Co. United States Inlay Puzzle Map (Image Credit: Marxchivist [Flickr]) The following is reprinted from Uncle John’s Legendary Lost Bathroom Reader. You know the names of all 50 states...but do you know where any of them come from?