The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

25 October 2005

What's more, Sugar Land rots your teeth

Voters in White Settlement, Texas, on the western edge of Fort Worth, have rejected a measure to change the town's name to "West Settlement".

Mayor James Outzts, reports The Dallas Morning News, said the name has a negative perception to some potential residents and developers.

Where did the name come from?

In a time when many predominantly white pioneers were moving to the area, several surrounding settlements were still occupied by Native Americans. In 1849, in an effort to help protect the pioneers, the War Department constructed a small fort at the confluence of the Clear and West Forks of the Trinity River. It was given the name Fort Worth.

This historical chain of events led to the development of two settlements, one occupied by white settlers and another encompassing a grouping of seven villages occupied by Native Americans. Thus, the name White Settlement was coined.

As of the 2000 Census, White Settlement was about 78 percent white.

There is apparently no sentiment in Nueces County for renaming its largest city "Corpus Someguy."

Posted at 2:57 PM to Dyssynergy

Yo! Dustbury just appeared on Ed Murray's Blog Spot segment (KWTV). Way to go!

Posted by: LilRed at 5:25 PM on 25 October 2005

I'm sure it wasn't for anything functional, like widening the comments box.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:35 PM on 25 October 2005