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Old 05-17-2013, 11:30 PM
 
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Hello. I'm a newcomer to the Hot Springs area. While driving around earlier today, I noticed some street names that seemed out-of-place to me: Seneca, Keuka, Otsego, Oneida. I've lived in Arkansas for a little over 7 years overall, and nowhere else have I noticed street names such as these. I'm originally from Buffalo, NY, so I know that these are the names of 4 of Western/Central New York's Finger Lakes, along with innumerable roads and towns across the state. I'm wondering if there's anyone out there who might know what the connection is, if any. I presume the Garland County Library would be the best place to do research, but perhaps someone might have a better idea? This is mainly out of curiosity, considering that I've lived in both places.
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Hello. I'm a newcomer to the Hot Springs area. While driving around earlier today, I noticed some street names that seemed out-of-place to me: Seneca, Keuka, Otsego, Oneida. I've lived in Arkansas for a little over 7 years overall, and nowhere else have I noticed street names such as these. I'm originally from Buffalo, NY, so I know that these are the names of 4 of Western/Central New York's Finger Lakes, along with innumerable roads and towns across the state. I'm wondering if there's anyone out there who might know what the connection is, if any. I presume the Garland County Library would be the best place to do research, but perhaps someone might have a better idea? This is mainly out of curiosity, considering that I've lived in both places.
They are also names of Native American tribes.
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:12 AM
 
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They are also names of Native American tribes.
That is, indeed, where the words originally came from. The Seneca and Oneida were two of the Iroquois Six Nations. "Otsego" is a Mohawk word that means "place of the rock." "Keuka" means "lake with an elbow" in Seneca. I was curious, so I thought I'd look it up. It just strikes me as odd to find those place names here in the middle of Arkansas.
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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That is, indeed, where the words originally came from. The Seneca and Oneida were two of the Iroquois Six Nations. "Otsego" is a Mohawk word that means "place of the rock." "Keuka" means "lake with an elbow" in Seneca. I was curious, so I thought I'd look it up. It just strikes me as odd to find those place names here in the middle of Arkansas.
You should check Cherokee Village street names sometime.
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Old 05-18-2013, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Folklore (questionable) states Indians "from all over the country" gathered here annually for the hot water and ritual baths. Some of the folklore is so ridiculous it is amusing, but I suspect this is the reason for the names.
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:40 PM
 
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Folklore (questionable) states Indians "from all over the country" gathered here annually for the hot water and ritual baths. Some of the folklore is so ridiculous it is amusing, but I suspect this is the reason for the names.
I was kinda thinking the same thing. According to what I've read, the area was called Manataka, and people from all the nations would gather here in peace, because it was considered a sacred spot. That sounds like the simplest explanation.
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Folklore (questionable) states Indians "from all over the country" gathered here annually for the hot water and ritual baths. Some of the folklore is so ridiculous it is amusing, but I suspect this is the reason for the names.
Oh, I forgot . DeSoto came through there too !
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