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Truth or Consequences (the town) - Originally called Hot Springs, New Mexico, the townsfolk of this tiny desert community agreed to change their name in 1950 for the pleasure of being the broadcast site (the town's high school gymnasium) of one episode of the game show TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, a popular radio (and later television) program hosted Ralph Edwards. Today the town exhibits displays touting their one-day of fame as well as memorabilia from Ralph Edward's career-all housed in The Geronimo Springs Museum at 325 Main Street. The town of Truth or Consequences is located off Interstate 25 about 70 miles north of Las Cruces.

TRIVIA NOTE: Other towns to change their names:

  • On November 15th, 2006, the Texas town of Clark (pop. 125) renamed itself "DISH" in exchange for free DISH Network satellite and TV programming after the company posted an offer of free TV to any city in America willing to meet their terms, namely change the exiting town name to "DISH". The Mayor of Clark Bill Merritt said, "We accepted this challenge because we believe this relationship will give us a unique opportunity to put our town on the map," DISH (Clark) is located 25 miles north of Forth Worth.
  • Halfway, Oregon, (pop. 345) signed a deal with (a subsidiary of Ebay) in 2000 to get new computers for their elementary school in exchange for changing the town name Halfway to for a period of one year. The new town of became the first city in the world.
  • The town of Ismay, Montana (pop. 28) changed its name in 1995 to Joe Montana to honor the legendary San Francisco 49ers/Kansas City Chiefs quarterback.
  • To honor Olympic champion Jim Thorpe, the Pennsylvania boroughs of Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk merged to became the borough of Jim Thorpe in the 1950s.

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