Re: NANFA-- unusual creek names

R. W. Wolff (
Mon, 17 Jul 2000 14:10:10 -0700

There is a coffee creek near here. It is so named to my guess as the water
is very coffee colored, where as most streams in that area are clear of look
like chocalate milk. There are lots of interestingly named creeks that flow
out of the east into Lake Petenwell and Castle Rock. Witches Gultch, Dead
Horse Creek, Devils Elbow, have neat stories around them. Most of the
flowing water in the marsh have "mapping" names, like creek T22 or creek T 5
E to designate which grid they fall along. Many of these get unofficial
nick names. A great darter creek north of here is named Puff Creek. On the
other side of the Yellow though is an aptly named creek, Rocky Run. That is
obvious, but Puff? Could be some of these odd names are people who owned
good amounts of land along them long ago. Not a stream, but a town near
Puff is called Pittsville. Being out and away from other towns, and being
small it is joked as to what it means. The actual reason for the name is
the first family to own land there were the Pitts.

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