Find My Valentine—or Other Places

The federal Geographic Names Information System lists 14 sites around the nation named Valentine—Including Alta Mills, Kan., and Bedison, Mo., for which Valentine is an alternate moniker. You can search for locations that may share your name, a name associated with some holiday (like Santa Claus, Ind.), or the name of an object of your affection—such as Pansy (W. Va.), whose alternate name is, believe it or not, Mouse. The database, which is used for local transportation planning, regional planning, and emergency preparedness, was established in 1947 to “maintain uniform geographic name usage” for streams, lakes, mountains, or populated places.

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