How Flin Flon Got Its Name

There are very few cities in the world that are divided between more than one statoid. You might think of places like Bristol,  Tennessee/Virginia, but that is two cities, each with its own municipal administration. In many countries, the laws regarding municipalities prohibit a city from straddling subdivisions..Flin Flon, Manitoba/Saskatchewan is an exception, thanks to the Flin Flon Extension of Boundaries Act ). What kind of name is Flin Flon? In about 1914, a group of prospectors found a cast-off dime novel titled “The Sunless City”, by J. E. Preston-Muddock. It was a tale of an explorer who discovered a city of gold, engulfed in a bottomless lake. When the prospectors later found an actual deposit of copper-zinc ore near a deep lake, they named their claim “Flin Flon” after the fictional explorer, Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin. The city commissioned “Li’l Abner” cartoonist Al Capp to design a statue of the explorer.flintabbatey-flonatin-flin-flon-mascot-statue-josiah-book-sunless-city-who-town-manitoba-52395097

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