Tom Smart, Deseret News
Heaven’s impact on the United States is now a lot clearer. Sort of.
Designer Jonathan Hull recently created a Heaven USA map, which names notable cities, towns and areas with religious names and connections, according to the Huffington Post. The map shows places that are named after “derivations of God, Heaven, Saints, Church, Angels, and Christmas,” the Huffington Post reported.
"There's the more obvious trends toward using saintly names where we live, with so many large cities bearing names of saints, or other heavenly titles as with Los Angeles. This in opposition to the concentration of more infernal names in the wilds,” Hull said to the Huffington Post.
On his blog, Hull wrote that many of the findings on the Heaven USA map offer inspiring titles.
“There are also some titles inspiring an investigation into the venue such as The Angel, a peak in Alaska, Bridge of the Gods across the Columbia, Stairway to Heaven Trail in Hawaii, and Cathedral Caverns in Alabama,” he wrote. “Not to mention Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park which I’ve hiked, reminding me that being an Angel is the only way you’re going to land from the top of that redrock peak.”
This isn’t the first time Hull has created a map of the United States with religious connections. In 2012, Hull published a Devil’s map on his blog. This map shows different locations across the country with devilish connections to find how many “geographic ‘devils’ and accompanying ‘hells’ we have across the country,” Hull wrote on his blog.
But it’s the Heaven USA map that’s grabbed the attention of The Atlantic, which detailed some of the locations that were noted on Hull’s map.
“Obviously the Salt Lake City resident has decided to drop his dark experiments and walk the righteous path, for he's now released a map of place names inspired by all things heavenly — from New York's Christmas Knob to Illinois's Christian County to North Carolina's Holy Ghost Drive,” wrote John Metcalfe for The Atlantic.
With the two maps, Hull has created a mixed map, too, which compares the devilish and heavenly spots across the country, according to The Atlantic.
Although there are more places named after the Devil than God, there are more locations on the Heaven map than the Hell one, Hull told the Huffington Post.
"Nice to see that heaven is winning out," Hull told the Huffington Post.
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