It seems every West Virginian attempts to determine how and why landmarks got their names.\r\nSome attempts are humorous and others show a lot of ingenuity. For instance, some don\u2019t even try to explain the spelling of Monongalia County. Through the years we\u2019ve heard numerous explanations, such as the misspelling of Monongahela in official attempts to identify the county\u2019s name. Good enough for me.\r\nWhy couldn\u2019t they do like others who named their post offices with simple names, like Wewanta post office. They cried about it for so long that they got it. However, Wewanta post office was at the mouth of Big Ugly Creek, but the post office no longer exists.\r\nThere is one town\u2019s name I always noticed in traveling through Pendleton County. One would think Onego would be an Indian name. But it\u2019s pronounced WUN-go, maybe one mile to go?\r\nThen there\u2019s Bergoo, a town in Webster County, that lumberjacks believed they were fed too much \u201cburgoo,\u201d a thick stew. Then there was a wealthy man named Berwind who may have entered the naming picture.\r\nAnother tale from lumber camps in Webster County, involving a town\u2019s name. It was said that workers were offered the choice of \u201cbeans \u2019er bacon,\u201d and they chose \u2018er bacon. Thus the town of Erbacon. Actually there was a B&O Railroad Co. executive named E. R. Bacon.\r\nSod, a post office in Lincoln County, was named for S. O. Dunlap, not a dirt pile.\r\nIn Mingo County the naming of a town was as easy as Pie. The story goes that a leader in town was so fond of pie that the name was submitted for the post office and was accepted.\r\nWhile the name Monongalia remains a mystery, everyone knows the Monongahela River was named by Delaware Indians. We know it means, something like \u201criver with crumbling banks.\u201d\r\nAs for the Ohio River, it could be a shortened version of another word. To some it means \u201criver with white caps.\u201d To others it may mean \u201criver of blood,\u201d the east-west dividing line in bygone days.\r\nKanawha is an interpreted word named for early settlers and Indians along the river Conoys.\r\nAs for Paint Creek a tributary of the Kanawha, it was named because Indians painted trees to mark a gathering area.\r\nDuring the Civil War, Glen Dale was known as Hell\u2019s Half Acre, because of its association with rebels\u2019 cause.\r\nThe town of Cicerone in Roane County has a name that means \u201cone who guides tourists.\u201d\r\nPocatalico River, in Kanawha County, means \u201criver of fat doe.\u201d\r\nTuckahoe Run in Greenbrier County described as \u201cthe place where deer are shy.\u201d Chief Powhatan and his daughter Pocahontas (Matoaka) are West Virginia names. The Allegheny mountains are named by Cherokees.\r\nWheeling got its name after a prominent resident was killed in the 1700s.\r\nMany names of places in the state came in the late 1800s and 1900s when the oil and coal industries took hold.\r\nLeading a list is Arnettsville, named for James Arnett, land owner of that area that included a coal mine.\r\nBeechwood, a coal and coke oven community formed in 1886, but no longer exists It was on the eastern side of the Monongahela. There was a school there and teachers often crossed the river by boat to reach the school.\r\nBuckeye, a small community near Mason-Dixon Park. Named for grove of buckeye trees bordering Dunkard Creek.\r\nCanyon, community named for Canyon Coal and Coke Co. On rim of Cheat Canyon, on road between Point Marion Road and Cheat Road.\r\nLots more where this came from.