Thursday, April 23, 2009


Having just spent several days mountain biking on Florida's Panhandle, I got to wondering how many such "panhandles" there are in the United States. What's your guess? I mentally counted six.

First, I guess we should review what a "panhandle" is. This folksy term derives from its similarity to the handle on a cooking pan and the term is generally confined to the United States. Paraphrasing the entry in Wikipedia: A panhandle is similar to a peninsula in shape, but unlike a peninsula it is not surrounded by water on three sides, but rather is a land region surrounded on three sides by land regions not of the same jurisdiction.

So how many are there in the USA? The answer is 10 -- Alaska, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Eastern West Virginia, and Northern West Virginia. Here's a map to demonstrate:

So, how many did you get?

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