Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Why do they call it Fields Avenue?

Do they think it was named in honor of W. C. Fields?

You hear people say, “Fields Avenue” or simply “Fields” when they are referring to Field Avenue. Look around the Internet and you will find this is a common error even in print. It seems many businesses located on Field Avenue have perpetuated the error by listing their address as being on Fields Avenue (with the “s”).

Field Avenue was not named in honor of W. C. Fields or any other person with the name Fields. It started out as a road next to an army airfield and as was common practice it was named Field Avenue.

If you look at old maps or street signs you will find the spelling to be “Field” (without an “s”).

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