A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 26, 2016
Montana: Stub Toe State (nickname)

Entry in progress—B.P.

7 January 1890, Logansport (IN) Daily Reporter, pg. 4, col. 4:
The following are the Nicknames for the new states. North Dakota is the” flickertail state.” This completes the list of the four new commonwealths. South Dakota is the “swingecat state.” Washington is the “chinook state,” and Montana is the “stubbed-toe state.”

19 April 1890, Boston (MA) Daily Advertiser, “The Breakfast Table,” pg. 4, col. 5:
North Dakota is called the “Flickertail State,” South Dakota is the “Swinge Cat State,” Washington the “Chinook State,” and Montana the “Stubbed-Toe State.”

Google Books
The Detroit Journal Year-book for 1891
Detroit, MI: The Detroit Journal Company
1890
Pg. 86:
Four of the new States are locally entitled Flickertail State (North Dakota), the Swinge-cat State (South Dakota), the Stubbed-toe State (Montana), and the Chinook State (Washington).

Posted by Barry Popik
Other ExpressionsOther States • Friday, February 26, 2016 • Permalink