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#1 Apr 4, 2013
Why do people around here pronounce Bogata, buh-go-da, instead of the correct way, bo-ga-tah? That is an A after the G, not an O.
#2 Apr 5, 2013
Honestly, we were hearing it pronounced that way before we knew how to spell it. Ofcourse we have since seen the city in Columbia SA with the same spelling but pronouced Beaugatau. I have not heard anyone from the Texas town pronounce it differently so I still pronounce it Bagoda.
Nobody knows where you are talking about unless you pronounce it Bagoda.
#3 Apr 5, 2013
There are no rules for spelling or pronouncing names in English, and more especially in Texas. The proper pronunciation is bugota.
#4 Apr 5, 2013
no rules on topix fo sur
#5 Apr 5, 2013
BOGATA, TEXAS. Bogata, at the junction of U.S. Highway 271, State Highway 37, and Farm Road 909 in southwestern Red River County, serves a farming and ranching area and houses employees of firms in Paris, Clarksville, and Mount Pleasant. Oil and gas are produced in the vicinity but not in bonanza quantities. The town's population, which grew slowly through the decades when most of the area was losing ground, reached 1,508 in 1980, when Bogata had a 154-bed nursing home, medical and dental clinics, a locally owned bank, and thirty business establishments.
William and Mary McGill Humphries settled near springs on Little Mustang Creek in 1836 and called the settlement that grew up around them Maple Springs. Humphries had come to the area as a teenager in 1818 with the Nathaniel Robbins party. After his father's death in 1821 he accompanied his mother "back east" but eventually returned to Texas with his young family on learning of Sam Houston's victory at San Jacinto. Mary Humphries's life was a paradigm of the westward movement. She was born in Carolina in 1809 and was four times moved to new frontiers—as an infant to Tennessee, as a child to Alabama, as a young woman to Mississippi, and finally to Texas, where she lived until 1899.
By 1844 the Maple Springs community comprised enough families to support a school. A post office followed in 1851. Commercial development began after the Civil War with the opening of a store selling goods freighted from Jefferson. In 1880 the settlement divided, apparently as a result of increasing growth. The old Maple Springs post office adopted the name of Rosalie, and in 1881 a second post office opened a few miles to the west, slightly north of the site of present Bogata. When the United States government refused to accept Maple Springs as the new post office's name, postmaster James E. Horner submitted an alternative. Horner, who had a romantic enthusiasm for Latin-American republican revolutions against Spanish rule, suggested the name Bogotá, after the Colombian capital, which was the scene of his hero Simón Bolívar's victory in 1814. The suggestion was accepted, but, perhaps owing to Horner's penmanship, the name was misspelled Bogata. The town inhabitants accepted the official spelling but pronounce the name "Buh-góh-ta."
#6 Apr 5, 2013
Bogota named by someone, like Hugo Chavez, who admired Simon Bolivar. I think the same goes for the naming of the Bolivar Peninsula.
#7 Apr 6, 2013
bogata hell if you don't like it ;)
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