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Blue Ball, Pennsylvania

Blue Ball
census-designated place
Along US 322 approaching PA 23
Along US 322 approaching PA 23
Blue Ball is located in Pennsylvania
Blue Ball
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Lancaster
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,031
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 17506
GNIS feature ID 1169864[1]

Blue Ball is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place in East Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania near 40°N 76°W. Blue Ball lies approximately 2 miles east-northeast of the town of New Holland, Pennsylvania at the intersection of US 322 and PA Route 23. As of the 2010 census the population was 1,031 residents.


  • Name and origin 1
  • Trivia 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4

Name and origin

The name originates from the Blue Ball Hotel, built more than two hundred years ago, which stood on the southeast corner of the PA 23-US 322 crossroads. The inn was torn down in 1997.[2] In the early 18th century, John Wallace built a small building in Earl Town at the intersection of two Indian trails, French Creek Path (Route 23) and Paxtang (Route 322). He hung a blue ball out front and called it "The Sign of the Blue Ball." Locals soon began calling the town "Blue Ball" after the inn. In 1833, Earl Town officially changed its name to Blue Ball. During Prohibition, the inn changed its name to Blue Ball Hotel.[2]


The town's name is suggestive, alluding as it does to the slang term "blue balls" (1916), which refers to the sexual condition of temporary testicular and prostate fluid congestion due to prolonged and unsatisfied sexual excitement.[3] The publisher of Eros once asked that its magazine be mailed from Intercourse.[4] Intercourse and Blue Ball are often listed among the "delightfully-named towns" in Pennsylvania Dutchland, alongside Mount Joy, Lititz, Bareville, Bird-in-Hand, and Paradise.[5][6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Blue Ball, Pennsylvania
  2. ^ a b SUNDAY NEWS, LANCASTER, PA,Pg. D-1, July 13, 1997
  3. ^ Glenn, Jules (1969). "Testicular and Scrotal Masturbation".  
  4. ^ Krassner (1963)
  5. ^ Ward's quarterly (1965) p.109 quote:
  6. ^ Anderson (1979) p.214 quote:
  7. ^ Museums Association (2006) p.61 quote:
  8. ^ Rand McNally and Company (1978) p.52
  9. ^ Mencken (1963) p.653 quote:


  • Anderson, William Charles (1979) Home sweet home has wheels: or, Please don't tailgate the real estate
  • Henry Louis Mencken, Raven Ioor McDavid (1963) The American language: an inquiry into the development of English in the United States, Volume 1
  • Museums Association (2006) The Museums journal, Volume 106, Issues 1-6, Indexes to papers read before the Museums Association, 1890–1909. Compiled by Charles Madeley.
  • Paul Krassner (1963) The Trial of Eros Magazine in The Realist No.44, pp. 1, 11-23
  • Rand McNally and Company (1978) Vacation & travel guide
  • Ward's quarterly, Volume 1, 1965
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