A NUMBER OF ISSUES CONCERNING THE NAME "DOGTOWN"
- The Name "Dogtown," its Location, and Maps. This file is concerned with
competing names for the neighborhood and the questions of geographical boundaries.
- The Earliest Usage of the term "Dogtown." Finding the name "Dogtown" in
- What is the root of the name "Dogtown?" This essay from 2007
replaces the view below which Bob Corbett held until the view
in this essay was put forward
- What is the root of the name "Dogtown?"
This essay was Bob Corbett's original stand. While Corbett
continues to utterly reject the Igorot theory, he no longer
think the watch dog theory is the ORIGIN of the name, rather,
it seems to have grown up along with the name as the essay above makes clear.
- "Do You Know Dogtown?" An (alas) undated article from "The Observer" newspaper. Thanks to Henry Herbst for
taking the time to transcribe this piece.
- TALE OF THE MISSING DOGTOWN POOCHES A series of three
short essays in the Post-Dispatch in September of 1986 discussing neighborhood folks' views of
the origin of the name "Dogtown."
- Mississippi Mud A 1991 article from The Riverfront Times by Wm. Stage which reviews
some of the views of Dogtown folks on the origin of the name of Dogtown.
- DOGTOWN U.S.A.: AN IGOROT LEGACY IN THE MIDWEST This essay by Virgilio R. Pilapil
tackles this issue from the Philippine perspective, with pride that both Dogtown and the hot dog carry their names because of the
Igorot presence at the fair. This is a strong position on the Igorot theory as the root of the name for Dogtown. It's important to note
that the dog hunting in Dogtown may well be true without that being the ORIGIN of the name. Dr. Pilapil
also points out, as Bob Mirielli first told me, that several communities were called Dogtown around this time
and only the Tamm and Clayton are carries the name today. This is a long and useful essay on the Igorots at the fair and their
- 1875 MAP OF CHELTENHAM This is the area from Tamm to Mackland,
and from Wilson Ave. (just about where I44 is now) to about Clayton Ave.
- 1890 MAP OF DOGTOWN