[Ads-l] cotton-picking

Tue Jun 26 10:36:32 EDT 2018

Somewhere, maybe 7 or 8 years ago, I saw online a series of maps of the US that had all the waterways named "kill" plotted in one color, all those named "run" in another, all those named "branch" in a 3rd, etc.  Its purpose was to demonstrate the use of GIS datasets, but it did a grand job of showing the regional variations.  I just spend a little time looking for it to link here, but had no luck.

> > >
> > > In Virginia it is common for a small stream to be called a "run",
> > > such
> > as Bull Run (which gave its name to two major Civil War battles) or
> > Four Mile Run which is only two or three miles from DC. In the
> > Baltimore area "falls" does not mean a waterfall but rather a stream
> > that has rapids or waterfalls in it, e.g. Jones Falls which runs through downtown Baltimore.
> > In the Hudson and Delaware valleys "kill" (from the Dutch) is used for
> > a waterway, sometimes a major waterway such as Arthur Kill and Kill van Kull.
> > There is a town in I think Delmarva called "Whorekill" and I find it
> > macabre that the wreckage from the World Trade Center was dumped in an
> > area of Staten Island called "Fresh Kills".
> > >
> > > There are other regional names for a stream; the above are the ones
> > > that
> > came to mind.
> > >
> > > - Jim Landau
> > >
> > >

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