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In Whisper Creek streets are named for flowers, so shouldn’t Bougainville actually be Bougainvillea?

Ken Little


The flower bougainvillea is spelled with an 'a.' Halifax Media Group file photo.

Q. In the Whisper Creek subdivision most streets appear to be named after flowers, so shouldn’t Bougainville actually be Bougainvillea? Without the “a” at the end, it is a place with some World War II significance but with the “a” it is a flower.

A. Bougainvillea Way is indeed a flower-named street.

“We investigated this and found that the sign was, in fact, missing the ‘a’ at the end,” said Donald Bennett, city of Wilmington traffic engineer.

A work order was created last week to replace the sign with one having the correct spelling, Bennett said.


How do new streets get named?

Why do so many streets change names at intersections?

How did streets such as Queen, Castle, Church, Nun, Ann, Orange and Dock get their names?

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