One letter wrong

Yesterday I was driving through Tichigan. Yes, you read that right. There is a small town on Wisconsin named Tichigan. Passing through, I wondered: how many times do they have to say, "It's Tichigan, not Michigan"? It must be exhausting. That made me think there must be other places that are one letter off from famous locations—causing endless confusion. Like the beleaguered folks from Milwaukie, Oregon... or residents of The Dalles, Oregon (who at least have that weird "The" at the beginning to prevent complete confusion with Dallas, Texas). My personal favorite is a small town in Wisconsin named Arkansaw... yeah, with a "w" (above). Of course, the biggest example of this problem is Iran and Iraq; Tim Pawlenty embarrassed himself badly mixing up the two recently. Maybe that's why he left the race. See, geography really is important!

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  1. Longdon, England anyone? http://maps.google.com/maps?q=longdon,+england&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=35.273162,79.013672&vpsrc=0&z=11

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  2. To make the Oregon example more complicated, there's also a Dallas, Oregon.

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    1. When travelling west through The Dalles, OR on I-84, you'll find yourself in West The Dalles. That's right folks. Not The West Dalles, West The Dalles.

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  3. I live near Hersey, MI. It's almost spelled like the place with the chocolate factory, but there's no second H in Hersey.
    -Jason in MI

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