Truth or Consequences (the town) -
Originally called Hot Springs, New Mexico, the townsfolk of this
tiny desert community agreed to change their name in 1950 for the
pleasure of being the broadcast site (the town's high school
gymnasium) of one episode of the game show TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, a
popular radio (and later television) program hosted Ralph Edwards.
Today the town exhibits displays touting their one-day of fame as
well as memorabilia from Ralph Edward's career-all housed in The
Geronimo Springs Museum at 325 Main Street. The town of Truth or
Consequences is located off Interstate 25 about 70 miles north of
TRIVIA NOTE: Other towns to change
On November 15th, 2006, the Texas town of Clark (pop. 125) renamed
itself "DISH" in exchange for free DISH Network satellite and TV
programming after the company posted an offer of free TV to any city
in America willing to meet their terms, namely change the exiting
town name to "DISH". The Mayor of Clark Bill Merritt said, "We
accepted this challenge because we believe this relationship will
give us a unique opportunity to put our town on the map," DISH
(Clark) is located 25 miles north of Forth Worth.
Halfway, Oregon, (pop. 345) signed a deal with Half.com (a
subsidiary of Ebay) in 2000 to get new computers for their
elementary school in exchange for changing the town name Halfway to
Half.com for a period of one year. The new town of Half.com became
the first dot.com city in the world.
The town of Ismay, Montana (pop. 28) changed its name in 1995 to Joe
Montana to honor the legendary San Francisco 49ers/Kansas City
To honor Olympic champion Jim Thorpe, the Pennsylvania boroughs of
Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk merged to became the borough of Jim
Thorpe in the 1950s.