Sunday, August 15, 2010
Stolen place names
I went to Maine recently. On my way to the Acadia National park, I passed through a village called Lucerne-in-Maine. I looked it up on the internet when I got back to Chicago, and discovered that it was developed about 100 years ago as a 'planned community', but this idea was shelved when the project ran out of money during the Depression. It was called Lucerne because it is surrounded by wooded mountains and lakes in an area that the locals call 'the Switzerland of America'. Apart from a big resort hotel, there was no real town as such.
I suppose the surrounding area is reminiscent of Swizterland. But I would bet that the real Lucerne is very different.