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Indian place name: Chillicothe

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The name Chillicothe is believed to be Shawnee in origin. Shawnee territory included land in what is now Ohio and Pennsylvania. The meaning of the term Chillicothe is unclear. Some suggest that it was the name of the Shawnee leadership clan and the name of the community where the principal leader resided. Others conclude the meaning is lost.


Vogel, Virgil J. 1962. Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (1908-1984), Spring, 1962, Vol.55, No. 1 (Spring, 1962), pp. 45-71.

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