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What is the northernmost town or city that you can think of, that has a Spanish or apparently Spanish name?

Asked by Brian1946 (24884points) March 15th, 2010

There are a few candidates on the North American continent, but I don’t want to give away my answers.

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DeanV's avatar

San Francisco? Just a wild guess…

grumpyfish's avatar

If you go by major cities, would seem to be Sacramento (which is the most northern in CA the Spanish got)

Of course, Toledo is spanish, and that’s a bit norther than Sacto.

Edited to add: I’m putting my money on Toledo, Ohio at 41 degrees 40 minutes North =)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

There are a lot of candidates on the North American continent. My entire state has a spanish name. Off the top of my head, the northernmost one I can think of is Buena Vista, Colorado.

Chongalicious's avatar

Spanish Harlem, NY :)

Brian1946's avatar


Toledo, OH is about 20º south of the town that I’m thinking of.

grumpyfish's avatar

@Brian1946 I knew you had one up your sleeve. 60N is Way up there!

jaytkay's avatar

Port Alberni, British Columbia (49°14′2″N), named for Captain Don Pedro de Alberni, a Spanish officer, who commanded Fort San Miguel at Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island’s west coast from 1790 to 1792.

San Juan Island (48°32′N) The name “San Juan” comes from the 1791 expedition of Francisco de Eliza, who named the archipelago Isla y Archiepelago de San Juan to honor his patron, Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo.

grumpyfish's avatar

@jaytkay That’s funny, it didn’t occur to me the Alberni is a spanish name… =)

jaytkay's avatar

Valdez, Alaska (61°7′51″N)

On June 15, 1790, [the Salvador Fidalgo expedition] discovered a port, which they named Puerto Valdez, after Antonio Valdés, then Minister of the Spanish Navy.

Same people who named Cordova, BTW.

AstroChuck's avatar

Is there an echo in here?

susanc's avatar

Mail carriers know more than is quite fair. About this.

Tropical_Willie's avatar


I can’t hear you there is an—E C H O !

SeventhSense's avatar

Montana: from “montaña,” mountain. Representative James M. Ashley of Ohio suggested using the Spanish word in honor of the territory’s mountainous western part.

grumpyfish's avatar

@SeventhSense Montana’s not a town or city =)

SeventhSense's avatar

Oh….now I have to read directions…aww man.

cockswain's avatar

Cocksueno, Alaska

Mamradpivo's avatar

Umatilla, OR?

Half the American West has Spanish influence and naming.

AstroChuck's avatar

And then there is Alta, Norway. 69°56′25″N

Alta does mean “upper” in Spanish. Of course this town wasn’t named for that, but it would make sense if it was.

SeventhSense's avatar

Then there is the Taco Bell at Saskatchewan. Of course made famous by a little dog who remarked to the utter surprise of early settlers, “Quiero Taco Bell”.

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