Peculiar, Mo.

It’s odd. There are parts of this story that could swear that he’s already written. It’s fitting then that parts of this town’s origin might also have to do with this sense of Deja Vu.

Maybe that’s just Peculiar.

There are are at least two versions of the story on how Peculiar received its name. The first involves the community’s first postmaster, Edgar Thomson. His first choice for a town name, “Excelsior,” was rejected because it already existed inAtchison County, Missouri. Several other choices were also rejected. The story goes that the annoyed Thomson wrote to thePostmaster General himself to complain saying, among other things, “We don’t care what name you give us so long as it is sort of ‘peculiar’.” Thomson submitted the name “Peculiar” and the name was approved.

That sounds reasonable enough. The Wiki landscape is strewn with similar backgrounds. As if understanding this, Peculiar came up with something more unique.

In an alternate version…early settlers were searching for a location to farm. As they cleared a small rise and looked below, one remarkedĀ “Well that’s peculiar! It’s the very place I saw in a vision back in Connecticut.” The land was purchased and eventually a village sprang up on it, which was named “Peculiar.”

And with that you have an explanation of why typing “Peculiar Real Estate” might not be as fantastical as it might first seem.


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