I was sitting in Starbucks one day talking to a lady that I had just met sitting next to me, as I often do. When I told her I was originally from New Orleans, LA she said, “My husband’s dad was from a town in Louisiana called Waldo. We tried to visit once but couldn’t find it.” This made me curious enough to start my own search for Waldo, LA. Unfortunately, I also had no luck.
It got me thinking, however, of all the towns in the U.S. that are named Waldo. This led me on a completely different search. So I present to you the Waldo’s on our great country.
This city is located in Alachua County and boasted a population of about 1,015 in the last census. Perhaps its biggest claim to fame would be ranking third in a National Motorists Assocation listing of its “Worst Speed Trap Cities” in North America in 2012. Yikes!
A part of Waldo County, this town was founded by farmers and later became known for its prize-winning cattle. It grew steadily and by 1859, Waldo was home to seven sawmills and a gristmill. Today, it’s just a sleepy town with humble beginnings.
To call this town tiny would be an understatement. According to the last census taken Waldo, AL had a total area of 2.9 square miles. As of 2000, there were 281 people and 102 households residing here.
What sets this small town apart from the other Waldo’s would be the famous G&R Tavern which has garnered national attention for its fried bologna sandwiches. So if you ever visit be sure to go on an empty stomach as a visit to G&R is about the only thing to do here.