Have you ever wanted to go down in history for solving a mystery? Well here is your chance to get your name in the books. No one knows why the site of the first land battle of the revolution is named Ninty Six.
The 96 National Historic Site’s name is to this day shrouded in mystery. Most people will try to convince you that the name refers to the distance between itself and the Cherokee Town of Keowee. There is one pretty glaring issue with this theory, only 78 miles are between them.
Others have come up with theories that 96 is an interpretation of 9 and 6. Sets of rivers not too far away. Being 15 of the stream’s total, maybe that is it. To me, this is a good example of Apophenia. Honestly, I don’t find that theory any more convincing than 78 miles being misconceived as 96. It seems to me that no one really knows why. Of course, I can’t be so harsh if I don’t give a theory myself.
What if it is just a much more mundane number, like the number of settlers or the number of patriots who died. Both of which were about 100. How much proof exists that this is, in fact, the original name of the town? Could it not be that it was renamed after its capture in 1780? I don’t know and I’m sure that those aren’t the answers. Still, it is a mystery to this day. Maybe you will be the one to solve it.