Country roads, take me home…

I’ve always wondered how roads and streets get their names. For instance, West Lane, which stretches from Lodi to Stockton, runs north-south. On the north end in Lodi it becomes Hutchins Street. In Stockton, it becomes Airport Way south of Harding Way. I’m guessing that some of the names take some research, thought or maybe even some furrowed brows, as people rack their brains to come up with something new and different. One developer named all the streets after famous basketball players in his Lodi subdivision. For Star Trek fans, Klingon Court and Romulan Court intersect in south Sacramento.

I can imagine after exhausting all name possibilities in the future that a city or county might string along some random letters in a nonsensical fashion for new street names.

On a recent assignment in Yolo County, it seems like they’ve taken all the hassle out of road naming. All the county roads (at least the ones around the county seat of Woodland) were numbered. Not very creative, but at least they won’t run out of numbers.

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