There are four notable towns we’re going to cover in this post – notable because they are all named Hell. Welcome to Hell, Dear Readers. We hope you enjoy the stay.
This tiny village in Norway has a population of about 1500, and gets pretty darn cold. Like, -4 Degrees Fahrenheit cold. Gives new meaning to the phrase “Hell freezes over.” The town’s name comes from the Old Norse term for “cliff cave,” but tourists who speak English like to stop by and have their pictures taken next to the sign above or at the train station, which boasts a sign that says “Gods-expedition.” It’s a play on words with the Norwegian term godsekspedisjon, which means “cargo handling.” Fun.
In 1954, Charles Carr decided to be clever. Either that, or he was a really quirky guy. He founded Hell, California and he and his family were the tiny town’s only inhabitants. They got bored with it, and the town was defunct and empty by the early 1960′s. The California State Division of Highways started building US 60 and US 70, and eventually Hell’s service station, bar, and water tower were burned and torn down by the Division of Highways to make room for Interstate 10. Depressing, huh?
On an island as heavenly as Grand Cayman, it is appropriate that a black, bleak, limestone field would be called “Hell.” The residents of the town of West Bay – where Hell is located – have learned how to capitalize on that quirky half-soccer field full of ugly rocks.
Hell, Michigan is the most well-covered town called Hell on the internet. Meaning, there is more information out there about Hell, Michigan, than there is about any other hell besides the one that you go to if you are mean to puppies. Michigan’s Hell is located in the Putnam Township close to Ann Arbor. It’s an unincorporated community with an unofficial population of 266 people. It also has an ice cream parlor (seen above) called Screams Ice Cream, a general store called Hell in a Handbasket, and a fictional college that offers “signed sealed and singed” degrees.