'What's In A Name?' | Snapfinger Road

Jul 10, 2018

This summer on All Things Considered we’re telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting names.

Host Rickey Bevington takes your submissions and then brings you the history behind the places Atlantans call home.

We're calling it “What’s In A Name?


Today's name comes Jireh Rowdan, who wants to know how Snapfinger Road got its name.

The road winds through Decatur and according to the book Georgia Place-Names is named after Snapfinger Creek.

Historians claim the stream's name comes from its being a branch--or finger--of Snapping Shoals Creek. But legend says in the 1800s, a DeKalb County surveyor tripped at the edge of a then unnamed creek and broke his finger. Because he "snapped" his finger, the waterway was christened Snapfinger Creek. 

A drawing of geological surveyors around the time of the legendary finger snapping
Credit USGS Publications Warehouse

Keep listening to All Things Considered this summer. We will continue to answer your names on 88.5 FM GPB Atlanta weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.