If the clue is The Icebox of the United States," you might be tempted to answer Durango. However, for GeoQuiz
purposes, you would be wrong.
Sure, it has been cold here. But do you really want to compete with International Falls, Minn., which went so far as
to get a U.S. patent for the Icebox" moniker? International Falls set a personal record a few years back with a low
of minus-40 Fahrenheit. For you foreigners who need the conversion, that's minus-40 Celsius.
Heck, Durango can't even compete with Silverton, where 20-below is nothing, or Fraser, a town near Winter Park that
fought a long battle with International Falls over the right to call itself The Icebox of the United States." That's
what led to the U.S. patent.
As usual, we're off on a tangent. The focus today is on U.S. city nicknames. The focus is not on this mind-numbing
chill that we've experienced for weeks now. The focus today is on the colorful labels we come up with for our towns.
Your challenge, should you accept it, is to read the nicknames below and come up with the city to which they are
Should you not accept this challenge, you should turn this page quickly before anyone realizes what you're up to.
Here we go. By the way, welcome to 2010. Answers below.
1. City of the Big Shoulders. This Midwestern city has another nickname, but it would blow you away.
2. Motor City.
3. Sin City.
5. City of Angels.
6. Iron City.
7. The Duke City. (Hint: This has nothing to do with John Wayne.) 8. The Big Apple.
9. The Little Apple. It's in Kansas. Think university towns.
10. The Gem City of the Plains. You probably won't get this one. OK, maybe this will help: It's on Interstate 80 and
begins with an L."
12. The Big Easy.
13. The Twin Cities. Yes, this requires you to name two cities.
14. City of Brotherly Love. It's all Greek to me.
15. Music City.
16. The Mile High City. Let's end with an easy one.
1. Chicago. It's also called the Windy City. (Get it: Blow you away"?)
2. Detroit. At this point, we quietly refrain from jokes about the auto
3. Las Vegas.
5. Los Angeles.
6. Pittsburgh. It's also the Steel City.
7. Albuquerque. Named after the Spanish Duke of Alburquerque. That extra r" was
removed because it confused somebody.
8. New York City. Apparently it was named Big Apple" by an NYC
9. Manhattan, Kan., home of Kansas State University.
10. Laramie, Wyo. (The author used to live there. Speaking of cold )
11. Hollywood, Calif.
12. New Orleans.
13. Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., which straddle the Mississippi River.
14. Philadelphia. In Greek, the name literally means brotherly love."
15. Nashville, Tenn.
16. Denver. One of the state Capitol's steps is at exactly 5,280 feet.