It’s an actual name. Slaughterville, OK. You can only imagine how a town in Oklahoma might get a name like that. Surely it had to do with something like a “gunfight at the OK corral.” Or, maybe a battle between Native Americans and the cavalry. The town’s website lists a number of rumored origins:
- The beef processing plants in the region
- The number of traffic accidents at a particular bend on Highway 77
- The number of brawls at a bar on the highway
The real origin is much less romantic. Jim Slaughter owned a grocery store at a prominent intersection along Highway 77. The town grew up around the business and the name only seemed appropriate. The name did tell a story, after all. Just not a particularly exciting one.
Not so with many of the Biblical towns and areas. Their names are often a direct reference to something that happened there. Such is the case with Achor, actually not a town; but a valley, which was located where the trial of Israel took place. There, in the Valley of Achor, Joshua went through the tribes and families of Israel until he discovered the family of Achan, the man who stole the devoted goods from Jericho and buried them in his tent. That action cost 36 men their lives at the battle with Ai.
Achor—the Valley of Trouble. It is certainly an appropriately named location.
It makes you wonder about the stories of Boring, Oregon; Good Grief, Idaho; and, Sweet Lips, Tennessee.