At 5/4/00 02:34 PM -0700, you wrote:

>Most towns were named after their founders (Castroville), or for another
>place (Cambria, which is anice coastal town), or the name was just pretty
>or poetic, or evokes a certain image "Pleasanton".

Some were named because the founders with delirious or crooked:

Antelope Valley -- no antelopes in the area ever
Lake LA -- not in LA, no lake (developers promised to build an artificial one,
but backed out)
Palmdale -- not a "dale", no palm trees.  Local folk lore says they thought
Joshua Trees were palm trees, which shows that they had never seen palms.