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Old 04-10-2012, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Aroma Park is Rankin, hopefully it will Greenup and provide nice Valley View!
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:20 AM
 
Location: "Chicago"
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I always thought Loogootee was a funny name. Indiana has a Loogootee also.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Herriman, UT.
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I once spoke to a native of Vienna downstate that told me how the town got it's name. It is NOT pronounced like the city in Europe. It was a area that was traveled through to get to Anna-Jonesboro hence the "Via Anna" name stuck. So it's pronounced Vi-enna. I got a kick out of that story anyway ;-)I remember when I went to SIU Carbondale back in the early 70's how odd I thought that was when they pronounced it that way on TV.....
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Everything you say is true. There is even a Kickapoo Town Hall, but, the unincorporated township called Kickapoo has always been a township. In fact according to records before the name was changed to Kickapoo in 1856 it was called Orange Township. There maybe a City, Town or Village in Illinois Kickapoo - but it is not in Peoria County.

The information provided to me came from the County maps in the Peoria County Sheriff's Office, and also research from the main library in Peoria,



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The people that live in the unincorporated village call it Kickapoo and the road sign outside of town says the same.
There are about a dozen streets, 100 homes or so, several restaurants, several very popular little league ball fields, churches, a fire station...

It is located on US Rt 150 and Kickapoo Edwards Road, just a few miles outside the city limits of Peoria.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Bristol, WI
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Most towns with French names have brutally Americanized pronunciation, Marseilles (mar-SELLS), Bourbonnais (bur-BOHN-ess). One of my favorites is not a town, but a street in Chicago, Devon Avenue, pronounced duh-VOHN.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Bristol, WI
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One that is not funny in itself has a funny story: Romeoville. It is a suburb of Joliet. Joliet was named for a French explorer, but the founder of Romeoville thought it was named for Juliet in the Shakespeare play, so he named his town Romeoville for Juliet's boyfriend.
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Most towns with French names have brutally Americanized pronunciation, Marseilles (mar-SELLS), Bourbonnais (bur-BOHN-ess). One of my favorites is not a town, but a street in Chicago, Devon Avenue, pronounced duh-VOHN.
I have never in my life heard Bourbonnais pronounced "bur-BOHN-ess." I've always heard it pronounced relatively close to its original French pronunciation, "bur-buh-NAY." Maybe the Anglicized pronunciation came and went, but "went" it has. What's more, "deh-VON" is a lot closer to a French pronunciation than the standard English pronunciation "DEH-ven" is. It should be noted that the French language puts equal emphasis on all syllables, which might explain why it would sound more like "deh-VON" to our ears than "DEH-ven" since we'd expect an emphasis on the first syllable that's not there.


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One that is not funny in itself has a funny story: Romeoville. It is a suburb of Joliet. Joliet was named for a French explorer, but the founder of Romeoville thought it was named for Juliet in the Shakespeare play, so he named his town Romeoville for Juliet's boyfriend.
While Joliet was named after the explorer, the original spelling was in fact "Juliet" most likely to reflect the pronunciation used by local Indians. Hence the Romeoville, which isn't really a suburb of Joliet at any rate -- Joliet doesn't quite have enough economic pull to have its own suburbs, not while the whole region falls under the shadow cast by Chicago.

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Old 04-11-2012, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Speaking of foreign names of cities in America I've heard Bourbonnais pronounced burr bon-aaze and San Jose (san hoe zay) pronounces as San Joe's Illinois. Thankfully we missed getting this town, a name I have no idea how to pronounce: Auxvasse. Oy Vey!
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Aroma Park is Rankin, hopefully it will Greenup and provide nice Valley View!
If you come downstate you can find a true Green Valley view not too far from a Bath or the Wolf fish hatchery.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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If you come downstate you can find a true Green Valley view not too far from a Bath or the Wolf fish hatchery.
Sounds like one of those commercials with the man and woman in the bathtubs next to each other
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