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Ragged Ass Road

September 6, 2007


This may sound like a joke but it’s not. I visited two years Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories in Canada, and discovered by chance that there is a street called Ragged Ass Road, which means “dirt poor.”

On a map of the city you’ll find the street in what Yellowknifers call the Old Town, located on a peninsula. Just follow 50th Avenue until you reach the corner of Hamilton Drive, where you turn right drive two blocks and presto!

I asked a taxi driver from Ghana to drive me to Ragged Ass Road so I could take a picture of the famous street sign. My comment made him suspicious.

“There’s no such place in Yellowknife.”

“But there is,” I responded.

“I’ll take you there if you show me where it is on the map.”

I showed it to him on the map.

“Wow,” he said, “you learn something new every day.”

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2007 8:00 am

    torn and worn to tatters from stress and strain that could be the perfect place/address for me.
    Y;-) Paddy

  2. nemoo permalink
    September 13, 2007 11:32 am

    Paddy, maybe sometimes for me and others as well. This has got to be one of the most “colorful” street names I’ve ever seen. I challenge any kind reader to show me another street name with a more colorful name.

  3. September 14, 2007 2:22 am

    i can totally relate! thanks for the laugh/smile, enrique!

  4. nemoo permalink
    September 14, 2007 4:10 pm

    Great to hear from you Savannah! Are there any similar names of streets in Georgia?!
    There aren’t any in LA as far as I know.

  5. September 15, 2007 6:21 pm

    good to be back, sugar! on old maps (here in savannah) you could find “runaway negro slave creek” now, it’s just listed as runaway creek…i’m sure we have more around here …

  6. nemoo permalink
    September 16, 2007 3:07 pm

    Wow, what a name! It’s a good matter that times have changed.

  7. inuvikphil permalink
    October 24, 2007 8:27 pm

    The actual road doesn’t have a sign anymore, because people used to steal them so often.

    So now, Ragged Ass Road doesn’t have a sign, but there is a tourist store which is called — I am not kidding — Ragged Ass Emporium.

    True Canadian trivia. )

  8. nemoo permalink
    October 25, 2007 1:53 am

    Hi Inuvikphil! Many thanks for dropping by. Gathering form you name, you’re from the town of Inuvik in NWT. I guess there’s always going to be a problem with people stealing the Ragged Ass Road sign. Even so, Ragged Ass Emporium is really a hilarious name! Many thanks for the heads up.
    One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited was northern Canada.

  9. Onkko permalink
    October 4, 2008 5:33 pm

    This strengthen my believe, youre racist.
    “a taxi driver from Ghana” and why that was important to mention and how he wasnt canadian? And who you are to judge who is canadian or isnt?
    Do you think you have some shine over you when you travel in “ghana cap” instead of “canadian cap”. According your writings you do.
    And if you want “funny” names just look northern part of finland, i assume there were few drunk finns naming these places.

  10. Enrique permalink
    October 4, 2008 8:57 pm

    How can I argue with such an incredulous affirmation: I am racist because I said he was from Ghana. Come on, Onkko, you are too hypersensitive about the whole issue. Do you know what racism is? I have my doubts.

  11. Onkko permalink
    October 5, 2008 4:35 am

    Racist is one who makes any difference between races, as you do.

  12. October 5, 2008 12:05 pm

    Wong. A racist is a person who DISCRIMINATES against other people because of their race.

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