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For a town with “No Name,” it sure has a variety of eponymous namesakes. The town “No Name” in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, is named after both “No Name Creek” and “No Name Canyon,”  which strikes me as ironic. Not being able to think of a creative and suitable name is one thing, but, subsequently, titling your town “No Name” seems like giving up. Of course, in this case, the town IS named for something – a creek and a canyon, which other people gave up on naming, settling on “No Name.”
I wonder what would happen if you tried to name a child “No Name.” I suppose, when the child tried to explain the situation, it might be reminiscent of an Abbott and Costello “Who’s on First?” routine. 
“What’s your name?” someone asks.
“You don’t have a name? How don’t you have a name?”
“No Name is my name.”
“No name can’t be your name. You have to have an actual name to call it a name.”
“No Name.” And then, of course, an eponymous child would say, “I’m named after my father.”
“Oh, what’s his name?”
But, I digress. Anyway, this is a location we’re talking about and there couldn’t possibly be any confusion regarding the name, or lack thereof. However, if “No Name” fell into some category regarding town names, I’d bet it would fall into the same category as “Placerville” in San Miguel County. Immediately after learning of the existence Placerville, I searched for “Location Town,” just to make sure, but it doesn’t exist. Placerville does, however, have a namesake in the placer gold mines. 
While those names seem to exist in some form of name purgatory, there is a town in Colorado that literally is “Purgatory.” It is named after the Purgatoire River,  which stems back to the North Fork Purgatoire River and the Middle Fork Purgatoire River,  just in case anyone tried to track the existence or origin of Purgatory. These things are complicated for a reason, folks, although I can’t necessarily tell you what it is.
Now, if you’re headed to Colorado and you happen upon Last Chance in Washington County, then you might want to fill up on gas, because it’s name was reportedly received because of the inability to do so elsewhere nearby.  Then again, times change, and it wouldn’t be so appropriate if you were heading west (past Denver) toward Lake County’s Climax, which was named for its’ position atop Fremont Pass.  Furthermore, if you were traveling west on 70 beyond Climax, you would eventually come to Parachute, which was also, reportedly, named for the topography of the land. 
Then again, if you were traveling east from Parachute through Climax toward Last Chance, you could make a slight detour north around Denver and find Hygiene, in case a little cleaning up is necessary after Climax, although that would be approximately a two hour wait. Located in Boulder County, the town name Hygiene stems from the fact that the town once housed a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients.  It could be worse, I suppose; it could have no name.
Author: Rich Kachold