That title is not a “road not taken” musing, it’s an actual street name in my county!
After more than 18 years at the same agency, you’d think I’d have run across every street name in the county by now, especially if they’re not in a new sub-division. Saturday sprung a new one on me, however. “The Other Road”. It’s in the Kennedy Meadows area of southeastern Tulare County, and I’ve not heard of it before. Neither had I heard of a road that intersects with it… “Up The Hill Road”.
In my defense, while we have a resident Deputy that covers the area (two of them, actually), we almost never get any calls for service from this part of our county. It’s remote… very remote. If a Deputy or backup has to come from the nearest substation, it’s at least two hours. Deputies for that patrol this area have to be a special breed, which is appropriate, since the folks that live out there are a special breed themselves.
When I first heard a fellow dispatcher taking a call from an address on “The Other Road”, we both first thought we were dealing with someone who simply did not know the name of the other road. Turns out WE were the ones who didn’t know!
Now I’m going to be looking over the maps during slow time, to see what other odd names crop up. Years ago the County changed the name of a creek to Negro Creek. I’m sure you can figure out what the old name was.