McGee: Street names have interesting origins

Have you ever wondered where some street names come from? I’m sure folks who pass through our High Plains towns might ponder the naming of John Doe Street in Clovis or Chicago Avenue in Portales.

The Lady of the House and I had such a moment in our recent travels to visit Palm Beach, Fla., to visit my momma; her place is just 1,880 miles from our Stucco Hacienda.

Most of our trip involved traveling the back roads of the South.

To get to Palm Beach we opted for super duper superhighways, zipping down the Florida peninsula at 70 mph.

I was driving, The Lady of the House was navigating as we came to the end of our trek.

“Okay,” I said. “Keep your eyes open for PGA Boulevard.”

“For what?” asked The Lady of the House.

“PGA Boulevard.”

“For what?” she repeated.

“PGA Boulevard.”

“As in professional golf? There’s a street named after the Professional Golfers Association?”

“Yes,” I said.

“I can see a street named after a golf course or a golfer like the ones in Clovis: St. Andrews, Diamondhead, Nancy Lopez, Sam Snead…”

“My dad knew Sam Snead…”

“Pay attention, I’m making a point here. They named a street after an organization?”

“Yep,” I said.

“So is there an AMA Street?” said The Lady of the House. “Or maybe an AKC Avenue?”

“What are you talking about?” I asked.

“Well, if we are naming streets after organizations let’s give everybody credit. What about WWE Boulevard?”

“For wrestling?”

“Why not? Are golfers more deserving than wrestlers?” she asked.

“You don’t even watch wrestling,” I said.

“That’s not the point,” she said.

“Oh I get it,” I said, light bulb blinking on in my head. “When we get back home let’s suggest they name 60-84 ‘Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force Association Boulevard.’”

“Now there you go,” said The Lady of the House.