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Name Those Towns! - August 25, 2017

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Q: One Johnson County community is named after an Indian princess, the wife of Blackhoof, a Shawnee Indian chief. Another Johnson County community takes its name from the Shawnee Indian word for beautiful. What are the names of these two Kansas City suburbs?


 
A: Lenexa and Olathe
 
The Johnson County community of Lenexa is named after an Indian princess. The woman’s name was actually "Na-Nex-Se Blackhoof." She was the widow of Chief Thomas Blackhoof, a Shawnee Indian Chief. Lenexa is a derivation of the name Na-Nex-Se. The nearby Kansas City suburb of Olathe is taken from the Shawnee Indian word for beautiful. So, if you drive through suburban Johnson County, you just might encounter a beautiful Indian princess. Well… sort of, anyway.  
 
Fun factoid: In the 1930s, Lenexa became famous for its superior quality spinach. To honor this heritage, the town hosts an annual Spinach Festival. This year's Spinach Fest will be held Saturday, September 9

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