(Detectivistic Unscientific Causeristic Kickshaw 'Bout Utterly Redundant Gewgaw)
This is perhaps the most frequently asked question regarding Barks' comic book stories. And with good reason, because the town seems to be quite elusive and hard to put on a map. When asked, Barks always placed Duckburg in the fictitious state of Calisota, and that is not too much help in locating the town.
never fear. Luckily, Barks gave us numerous hints as to where one
may find the locality and it is just a simple matter of reading
the comics through a magnifying glass.
So let's go solve the problem!
revealed in an interview how Duckburg was born: That
came about just out of necessity. I couldn't imagine the
Disney Studios being the residence of all these people
and I finally just thought, well, why not call it
Duckburg because that's where the ducks lived.
Unlucky for us Barks never drew any maps showing the location of Duckburg. One thing we do know, however, is that Duckburg must be somewhere in USA because all Duckburgians speaks American English!!!
Now we have really narrowed it down!!!
|THE FALSE EVIDENCES|
First of all, let's get the red
herrings out of the way. Barks was a very shrewd guy and
it seems that he tried his best to mislead us.
The Seven Cities of Cibola
|It seems that Barks had foreseen this great interest in the whereabouts of Duckburg and deliberately tried to make it hard for us. He would have his little joke but we are not caving in!!!|
|THE ELIMINATION PROCESS|
|Knowing at least that Duckburg is situated somewhere inside the boundaries of the United States we can rule out some of the states. Because through the years the ducks have visited the following during vacations and such:|
Alaska (FC0062, FC0256, FC0456, U$19, U$35, U$59)
Arizona (U$19, WDCS058, WDCS246)
Florida (FC0062, U$14, U$32, WDCS147)
Mississippi (U$11, U$GTD)
New Mexico (WDCS081)
New York (WDCS049, WDCS142)
Ohio (FC0108, U$28)
That was only 12 states. Not very helpful after all...
|THE GUMSHOE METHOD|
|There are multiple and indisputable indications that Duckburg is located by the ocean because the ducks made several boat trips to different faraway places from the harbour. That must mean that it can be found on either the west coast or the east coast. Let's examine the evidence:|
Duckburg is on the Pacific:
Asia (U$46, U$70)
South Seas (MOC41, WDCS312)
Mexico, Acapulco (WDCS053)
South Pacific (U$08, WDCS211)
Taro Island (WDCS291)
U$37 Deep Down Doings
The ducks envision a map of rivers flowing
into an ocean. Being at the westside of the
land the ocean must be the Pacific, i.e.
Duckburg is located on the west coast
Duckburg is on the Atlantic:
Africa (SF2, U$15)
Cape of Good Hope (U$25)
|Well, it seems that the detective approach has failed miserably, because we are not even able to place Duckburg on either the left or the right of the map...|
|THE SCIENTIFIC APPROACH|
Okay then. Let's see what we can deduct from the stories themselves:
Terror of the River
But according to the Chief Area Postmaster there is no town by the name of Duckburg in his district. If you just had the zipcode, he uttered helpfully, then I could have helped you. Alas, we have no such thing, and so our scientific investigation falls apart...
|So-o-o from all we now know we can
deduct with great certainty
that Duckburg is located in one of these places:
Or maybe not...
|THE LAST WORD|
|Let's face it: We are
luckily, Barks at long last pinpointed the whereabouts of
Duckburg in an interview:
|WELL, YOU CAN'T GET MUCH CLEARER THAN THAT, CAN YOU?|