We are coming up on the anniversary of the naming of our town.
The name Rabbit Hash originated after the 1847 flood devastated the community between Thanksgiving and Christmas, putting a damper on the celebrations and driving all of the rabbits to higher ground. When residents complained about the future of their holiday meals, one resident joked that at least there would be plenty of rabbit hash. This became the nickname of the town.
When a post office was established in 1879, the town’s official name was Carlton.Carlton had trouble receiving its mail because of confusion with Carrollton, Carroll County, Kentucky, just about 35 miles down the river. When residents of the town were asked to change its name, Rabbit Hash was the obvious choice.