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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 01, 2008
Nacanowhere or Naconowhere or Nacognowhere (Nacogdoches nickname)

The city of Nacogdoches claims to be the “oldest town in Texas,” but it’s not especially big (compared to Dallas or Houston). Some Texans consider Nacogdoches to be a “nowhere” town.

The name “Nacanowhere” (or “Naca-nowhere") or “Naconowhere” (or “Naco-nowhere") has been applied to Nacogdoches since at least 1993. “Nacognowhere” has been used since at least 1998.

Wikipedia: Nacogdoches
Nacogdoches (pronounced /ˌnækəˈdoʊtʃɪs/) is a city in Nacogdoches County, Texas, in the United States. The 2000 census recorded the city’s population to be 29,914, while in 2007 it was estimated to have reached 32,006. It is the county seat of Nacogdoches County and is situated in East Texas. Nacogdoches is a sister city of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Nacogdoches made international headlines in February 2003, after receiving much of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster debris.

Proudly serving the best little one-horse town in Texas! 

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From: (Gary Beason)
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1993 20:40:11 GMT
Local: Thurs, Apr 8 1993 4:40 pm
Subject: Re: OILERS IN ‘93

Ah, the great Piney Woods debate!  I’m from further north in Longview, but lived in Nacanowhere for 4 years. 

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Date: 9 Jun 93 19:23:01 CST
Local: Wed, Jun 9 1993 9:23 pm
Subject: Re: More Badfinger stuff/ WB

my only problem with that is that where i live there are virtually NO import type connections, and i can’t afford Goldmine or the drive to Bill’s in Dallas/Plano or Infinite Records in Houston ( i live in little ol’ Nacogdoches [or naca-nowhere, nasty-dog-cheese, naked-roaches]),

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Date: 11 Aug 93 09:25:37 CST
Local: Wed, Aug 11 1993 11:25 am
Subject: Re: Help Wanted: Meeting with Adventists

Living in East Texas - behind the Pine Curtain, the only thing we have more of than Bible Thumpin assholes are pine trees - and that’s a close race. I think this is part of the “charm” of Nacogdoches - aka nacanowhere.

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From: Jeffry Howard Reeves
Date: 1995/11/22
Subject: Re: please help me find another college

Otherwise, you might also check into SFA, in NacoNowhere, or, SWTSU, south of Austin. 

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From: (Sptsfantx)
Date: 1998/08/02
Subject: Re: Where is everyone from in this newsgroup?

Is there an Astros affiliate radio station in Nacogdoches?  About to go to SFA, really want to listen to my ‘Stros.  What about TV do you get FOXSW in Nacognowhere?

2 February 2003, Washington (DC) Post:
“There’s a nickname—everybody calls Nacogdoches ‘Nacognowhere,’” said Devin Greer, 19, a freshman business major at Stephen F. Austin University.

The Pine Log (Stephen F. Austin State University)
World issues can reach all the way home
By: LaQuitha Williams
Issue date: 2/13/03 Section: Opinions
While watching the multitude of news broadcasts on the Columbia tragedy, it is hard for one to believe that he or she is hearing the word “Nacogdoches” in them.

The once endearingly bestowed nickname of “Naconowhere” has been replaced with “Nacosomewhere”. The old “nothing ever happens in Nacogdoches” became an echo of the past as a frantic rush of media unlike anything Nacogdoches has seen and may never see again hurried here in pursuit of the lead story.

The New Me
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
we took this past weekend off and drove three hours north to visit our former (and future) haunting grounds of nacogdoches, texas.

Commonly misspelled cities? - ars technica
Posted December 03, 2006 17:54
Nacogdoches. Small (~30k) college town in deep East Texas. Most students call it “Naconowhere” both because they can’t spell Nacogdoches and because of its location and lack of anything resembling civilization to those from Dallas/Houston.

8 March 2007, Nacogdoches (TX) Daily Sentinel:
This town has been called “Naconowhere” and “Shangri-ladoches” - a sign of its split personality.

Posted by Barry Popik
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