Gnaw Bone, Indiana

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Gnaw Bone
Unincorporated community
Brown County's location in Indiana
Brown County's location in Indiana
Gnaw Bone is located in Brown County, Indiana
Gnaw Bone
Gnaw Bone
Location in Brown County
Coordinates: 39°11′27″N 86°11′28″W / 39.19083°N 86.19111°W / 39.19083; -86.19111Coordinates: 39°11′27″N 86°11′28″W / 39.19083°N 86.19111°W / 39.19083; -86.19111
Country United States
State Indiana
County Brown
Population (2000)
 • Total c. 200[1]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 47448
Area code(s) 812

Gnaw Bone is an unincorporated community in Brown County, Indiana.

The origin of the name Gnaw Bone is obscure. One theory is that the town's name derives from that of the original French settlement in the area, Narbonne, named in turn for the southern French city of that name. To the ears of English settlers at the time, "Narbonne" sounded like and came to be known as "Gnaw Bone."[2][3][4] Another story says that many years ago some one was looking for a certain man and was told, "I seed him over at the Hawkins place a' gnawin' on a bone."[5] Gnaw Bone has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[6]

Gnaw Bone is situated on State Highway 46, between Nashville and Columbus. The small community contains three flea markets.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huppke, Rex W. (February 13, 2000). "Chew on This There's a Town Called Gnaw Bone". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ashley, Leonard. 1995. "Folk Etymology in the Place Names of the United States." In Eichler, Ernst et al. (eds.) Namenforschung: ein internationales Handbuch zur Onomastik (pp. 471–475). Berlin: de Gruyter, p. 472.
  3. ^ Rubino, Carl A. Rubino, & Cynthia W. Shelmerdine. 1983. Approaches to Homer. Austin: University of Texas Press, p. 76.
  4. ^ Huppke, Rex W. (February 13, 2000). "Chew on This There's a Town Called Gnaw Bone". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ ibid.
  6. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. x. 
  7. ^ "Brown County has Fleas". Our Brown County. Retrieved 28 August 2014.