Streets names first by letters then filled in with names?

06/04/18 - posted by Holt Macon

Perhaps this is just old news and I am the last one to find out about this but in reading numerous historical documents in the 1870s, 80s and 90s, I have noticed that the outside lands streets were always named by letters, I,J,K,L,M,N,O etc. It seems that this would have been one of the best ways by
memory to organize streets alphabetically and then only later would they have found names to fill in to those letters.

I have never read that that was the case but by all appearances and references and never ever mentioning the names of
these streets, it appears to be exactly the case.
Am I right?

If I am right, then I suppose that at some point the board of supervisors sat down and drew up a list of names that began with those letters and then voted which one they would fill in to the appropriate letter. If all my assumptions are true then that was a very curious way that we got those street names - first by letter, then by filling in the names.

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