Discovering Lahore in the US


Momekh, only yesterday, brought a revelation to many who did not know about a small town called Lahore in the US state of Virginia. And for one Akmal Aleemi, it must have been exciting to discover something this interesting by surprise.

Mr.Akmal writes:

Columbus discovered America: I discovered Lahore in America. Both discoveries were accidental.

What everyone found mystifying was that there was a Lahore in the state of Virginia, yet none of the Pakistanis living in Washington had ever heard of it. The map was pulled out again and, lo and behold, there it was: Lahore. We did not have far to drive, in fact, no more than a mile and a half before we were in Lahore. But where was Lahore, we wondered, because all we could see was a cabin, a filling station and a few scattered houses. There were five or six girls playing on a patch of grass. We got out of the car and I asked one of them to come closer. The others followed their friend. “What is your name?” I asked. “Doris.” “Where do you live?” “Right here.” “Where is the city of Lahore?” “Lahore is not a city; it is a village.” “Are all your friends from Lahore?” “Yes, we go to the same church.” “You see, we all come from a city called Lahore.” “Where is your Lahore?” “Lahore is in Pakistan.” “How big a city is it?” “As big as Washington.” “We have never seen Washington.” “What is the population of your Lahore?” “Population? We have twenty-five family homes.” “Our city has millions of people living in it.” “Oh my God!” “Stand next to that sign. Can I take a picture?” “Sure.”

Until the middle of the 19th century, this area had no name, which was inhabited by about a dozen families. Their mail would often get misdelivered or even remain undelivered. A resident by the name of Phillip Marshal Jackson realised that their tiny settlement must have a name. One day while going through a book about India, he came upon the name Lahore and liked it so much that he proposed that their helmet be called Lahore.He wrote to the federal government which offered no objection to the name Lahore and, thus, the Lahore Post Office was established here in 1885.

Read more about Lahore, VA at Lahore is for Lovers

Link Credit: Jiya

4 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    Oh yeh lahore tu GREEN hay :P

  2. Hafiz (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 3:59 pm


  3. Opee (unregistered) on October 24th, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

    Hasan, also post the videos as the main items on lmb!

  4. Zainub (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 6:33 am

    What a fascinating discovery!

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