Okay, I seem to have come upon the U.S. Department of Commerce, Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 55DC
There are about two million places listed. As I posted earlier the list goes on and on.
And indeed there can be found many "fun" [Fort Knox] and "not so fun" places, e.g., prisons, yes, like San Quentin,
You can download the entire Federal list or by smaller geographical limits, such as State or County to narrow your review.
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It actually is probably harder to find a place that is not on the list, because it is intended to be a comprehensive list of all known designations of places, big or small, like a single
building, a square, a road junction, etc. And it includes historical named places. And one can submit to have places added to the list of designated places and places are regularly being added and renamed, for example, there has largely been a culturally sensitive renaming of all places once using the word squaw, which typically get redesignated with an native american language name.
I live on Indian Country, on the Flathead Reservation and one could use as your hailing port the name of the reservation, or you could use the name of a County. I think a good hailing point for a Montana would be Big Sky.
Or one of the mountain ranges, Mission, Madison, Gallatin, Tobacco Root, etc.
or a summit, a ridge, a butte, a pass, a knob, a lake, a creek, a river, a trail, a hill, a draw, a rock formation, a national forest, a state park, a cabin
, a school
or university, both historical and present, a saloon
, a campground, a marina, a church, a cemetary, a canal
or ditch, a guard station, a mine or quarry, a glacier, a pond, a well, a swamp, a divide, a cliff, a meadow, an oil
or gas field, a bar or island, a park [e.g, American Legion Park] a Place [which is often how we describe a ranch or homestead, .e.g, Kingrey Place] and of course lot's of named ranches.
A sampling of "fun" actual places with a quick look at just Montana:
Angel Wing. [a glacier]
Bad Marriage Mountain
Bear Skull Creek
Big Ox Bottom
Blackfeet Boarding Dormitory
Blessed Sacrament Church
Boothill Cemetery Note: Every cemetery is listed so your hailing port me where you wish to be desired forever place.
Bozeman Trail Not spelled or pronounced as BOOZEman.
Broken Jaw Creek
Broken Leg Creek|
Calamity Jane Horse Cache [a bench]
Carl O'Hara Ranch lot's of ranches designated as places.
Billings Central Catholic High School
Yep, every school is listed so you can be a proud alumni.
Charles M Russell NWR Station Ranger
stations are common places.
Chewing Blackbones Campground - Indeed this is a place.
Chicken Coop Coulee
Chief Plenty Coups State Park|
Cracker Box Creek
Crazy Horse Creek
Dead Horse Creek Lots of Dead thing places. Dead Indian, Dead Man, etc.
Devils Kitchen Loads of devil related places.
Dirty Woman Creek Like this one! Has various connotations.
Dream Island Now this place designation depends on the kind of dreams one has, good, nightmarish or wet.
Dripping Hole Spring
Dry Blood Creek Loads of Dry places.
Dusty Star Mountain
Eagle Feathers Creek
Eagle Nest Peak
Eyeful Vista Point|
Fairy Lake Invokes nice thoughts
Fly Cemetery. Well I guess this where the bugs go when they pass.
Fort Smith Ruins. Fixer upper.
Four O'Clock Reservoir
Fourth of July Creek Probably where Captain
Mullen was at years ago.
Fox Homestead Don't blink you will likely miss the many homesteads.
Freezeout Lake I suspect this be cold water
Froze to Death Creek
Frozen Dog Coulee
Frozen Leg Canyon It is forecast
to be a balmy -19 Fahrenheit tonight.
Goat Haunt Lake Spectacular alpine lake.
Going-to-the-Sun Mountain The most beautiful road leads through Glacier National Park to this mountain.
Grace Lake Spiritual place.
Grizzly Mountain Of course there are those bears here.
Halfway Retaining Pit Okay, not a good place to say you are from.
Hangmans Creek Appropriate given our vigilante justice and code 3-7-77
Happy Gang Reservoir Like that one.
Heart Lake Because that is its shape.
Hell Creek Hell is a common place for everything. Many places.
Hole in the Wall
Hole-in-the-Rock A natural arch.
Glacier Hey its water
so whatever floats your boat
Ice many versions thereof, as in berg, lake, cave, etc.
Ice Cream Butte Heck who wouldn't want to go to this place. And why would you leave.
Jackass Butte Because if you are from here you are one perhaps.
Morning Star Lake A good place to awaken.
Muskrat Creek Cute rodents.
Never Laughs Mountain So not going to be the party boat with this hailing.
No Name Lake
Now this is a winner. I bet there is someplace called No Where.
Old Woman Lake
Packs the Hat Creek
Paleface Reservoir So not referring to our native population.
Pettapiece Badland I suspect there are not a lot of boats from here.
Sure to be the subject of a thread regarding guns
Pleasant Creek Could be worse places.
Poison Creek So not where you wish to draw your water maker from.
Police Creek Well your boat will not be the first choice for thieves.
Pompeys Pillar Awesome!
Pond Number One And there is a Two and a Three.
Porcupine Creek Sounds a bit prickly.
Poverty Coulee Some where you are glad to leave.
Ptarmigan Tunnel Now that is a special place.
Reservoir Number One Hundred Sixty-eight You guessed it there be that many, so just pick one, anyone.
Riverview Cemetery Hey it might have a view of boats that float by.
Rocky Reef The name of a cliff.
Rocky Windmill Because the windmill is the only thing out there so they use that as a designation of a place.
Rough Creek Because not every place is easy.
Ruins of Fort Maginnis
Saint *** Yep every saint there is.
Salamander Falls So not navigable.
Seven Winds of the Lake
Shotgun Creek Another gun thread.
Skunk Creek Best if you anchor
You will need to fly the Quarantine flag.
Snow Moon Lake Would not be understood in warm climates.
Baking Powder Creek
Hot Dance Creek
Becomes the designated party boat.
Kills At Night Creek
For when you desire to anchor
Starved to Death Creek
I'm think this one is like fly fishing
in the sewer lagoon
Where one is born every minute.
Yet another awesome place.
The Big Eddy
Name of a rapids.
The Deep Ground
The Devils Backbone
Great name for a pirate ship.
The Garden Wall
Just wow! If you have seen it you know.
There is only one, "The Island" so don't ask which one or where.
The Little Sag So much nicer than the big sag.
Yep a name for a lake.
The School House Again THE as the one and only. Like THE traffic light.
Thomas Massacre Graves. Historical Cemetery.
Tin Cup Creek
Two Ocean Glacier
Likely along the continental divide.
Two Shacks Flat Where it is easy to know all your neighbors.
Vinegar Hill A bitter place.
War Dance Creek So not the designated party boat.
Warwhoop Springs Hope you don't hear yelling coming from this boat.
Water Holes Creek
Whoop-up Rodeo Ground A cowboy's boat.
United States Customs and Border Protection Wild Horse Port of Entry Too many letters but certainly not like to be inspected by Customs and Border Patrol.
Another party boat.
Your Name Reservoir
For real that is an actual place.
This is listed as being "a populated place."
Hell Roaring Creek
Honey Run Creek
Don't ask for directions.
Wounded Man Creek
Wildhorse Hot Springs
Saint Olaf Cemetery.
Sober Up Coulee.
Juniper Spring Gulch.
North Fork Muddy Creek.
Mountain View Cemetery
Hungry Horse Reservoir.
Louie and Scottee Creek
Frying Pan Creek.
Arch Apex Gas Field