The Question:

Can you tell me what Ohio's old state capital was?

The Answer:

Chillicothe, which is located south of the current capital, Columbus, was founded on August 20, 1796 and served as Ohio's capital twice from 1803-09 and from 1812-16.

"Chillicothe" is a Shawnee word for a certain clan. Several historic towns in Ohio were known by that name because when a village was home to the principal chief of the tribe it was given the name "chillicothe"—as he moved, so did the name. Ironically, the modern Chillicothe was never the site of a Shawnee town.

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—The Fact Monster


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