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Chicago = Stink Onions!

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#1    Eldorado



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 04:41 PM

'If you were to consult the Atlas of True Names when planning a trip, you might become a little confused. Searching for the big US city on the shores of Lake Michigan, you would find the name "Stink Onions" instead of Chicago'
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Posted 02 September 2013 - 06:34 PM

Stink Onions, lol, at least the name fits.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 06:51 PM

a well known fact (from the wikipedia)


The name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, translated as "wild onion" or "wild garlic", from the Miami-Illinois language. The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as "Checagou" was by Robert de LaSalle around 1679 in a memoir written about the time. Henri Joutel, in his journal of 1688, noted that the wild garlic, called "chicagoua," grew abundantly in the area.


When the city we know today was initially founded in the 1830s, the land was swampy and most of the early building began on low dunes around the Chicago River's mouth. Indeed, Chicago's low lying geography, which ultimately became crucial to its boom town development (as the site of the Chicago Portage and canal), could not initially attract substantial early settlement because the tall grass prairie around its lake and river systems was underlain by hard packed glacial clay, making much of the area forbidding wetlands. Thus, the paradox of Chicago's development as a city in the 19th century became taking advantage of this geography, but also overcoming its limitations.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 07:48 PM

Heh, maybe they should have named the town of Walla Walla, Chicago... Cuz boy howdy, drive through Walla Walla during onion season and it'll make your eyes water like no ones business. LOL. But mmmmmm... Love me some good Walla Walla Whites. Delish!

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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:03 AM

And here I thought Chicago was named for chickens in cars that go...

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