There was a time in my life when I didn’t realize that Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas were essentially the same city.
I know, I know… they are legally separate cities with different mayors and everything, but I didn’t even realize that they were adjacent. I thought they just happened to be two cities in separate places with the same name.
A friend of mine lived in Kansas City, MO for six months freshman year of college, and I was a dedicated pen pal. As I wrote her address every few weeks, I often pondered the name of the city and found it odd that it was named Kansas City, but I managed to carry on with my life.
I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I discovered the truth about Kansas City, but I find it incredibly intriguing. There are a couple of other places like this:
Texhoma, Texas & Oklahoma has a very original name. It prevents the confusion that Kansas City has by not excluding one of the states’ names. Maybe Kansas City should have gone with Kansourri City or Missansas City. Anyway, Texhoma’s motto is, “So Big, It Takes Two States To Hold Us!” which is beautiful because Texhoma has a population of 1,306.
Bristol, Virginia & Tennessee has the border between the two states clearly marked with metal plates along State Street. This city is particularly close to my heart because King’s College (on the TN side) is where I accepted Christ in July 1998.
Istanbul, Turkey is the only city located on two continents. For the geographically challenged, those two continents are Europe and Asia. Istanbul is also the location of a particularly cheesy episode on the last season of The Bachelorette.
So, that’s that. What about you? Can you enlighten me with any more conjoined cities?