Rhine Creek

“Rhine Creek is a stream in Preston County, West Virginia, in the United States. Rhine Creek was named after the Rhine river, in Europe.” (Wikipedia)

Zur Namensentstehung des nach dem Rhein benannten Flusses in Amerika (ein zweiter Rhine Creek existiert im US-Staat Minnesota) gibt ein Artikel im Toledo Blade vom 22. April 1971 Auskunft:

“Many streams in West Virginia (…) still carry descriptive titles of the colorful Indian language, Monongahela was known to the Delawareans as the “river of falling banks”. Pocatalico was the “river of fat doe.” Ohio means “river of many whitecaps,” and the Great Kanawha pays tribute not to the river but to the once-great tribe of Canoys.
“Lots of towns, of course, got their names from ethnic backgrounds of various settlers – Little Italy, Ireland, Polandale, Welsh Glade, and Germany Valley. But other towns got their names from environmental conditions that existed in those days. Because of the settlers’ dependence on root and herb medicines, there are towns called Ramp, Spice, Sang, and Seng Runs.
“Where things got pretty wild, the hardy folks named their hamlets Panther Fork, Copperhead Branch, and Wild Cat Knob. Where things were more civilized towns sprang up called Pigeonroost, Cow Creek, Bull Run, Goose Lick, and Turkey Wallow Branch.
“The ladies, no doubt, were responsible for the dubbing of settlements such as Cupboard Run, Kitchen Creek, Kettle Run, Pot Branch, Skillet Run, Tub Run, Tearcoat Hill, Mitten Ridge, Scissorsville Branch, Wash Hill Fork, and Suds Run.
“Along with Peddler Run and Gunbarrel Hollow, you find foods immortalized as in Apple Pie Ridge, Potato Hole Knob, and Pickles Fork. (From which the modern pickle fork no doubt was named!)
“Religion and moral character also played a role in the naming of towns, and West Virginia abounds with such places as Canaan Valley, Eden, Herods Creek, Pharao Run, Pisgah, Job Knob, Moses Creek, Christmas Ridge, Paradise, Purgatory Knob, Devil’s Tollgate, and Hell for Certain.
“Then there are more chilling towns like Desolate Branch, Shades of Death Creek, and Troublesome Valley. You also will find some very descriptive names such as Ugly Creek, Hardscrabble, Stinking Creek, and Hateful Run. (…)
“Proof that the pioneers were aware of literature lies in the naming of towns like Avoca, from Moore’s “Irish melodies,” and Ravenswood, from Sir Walter Scott. And, of course, names like Caesar Mountain, Socrates Mountain, Eureka Island, Polemic Run, and Styx River. There also are Congo, Nile, and Rhine rivers, showing that somebody, at least, had a geography book. (…)