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Name that town! - June 16, 2017

This formal portrait shows a group of Delaware Indians. The group have been identified from left to right by their respected rows. FRONT ROW: James Ketchum, James Connor, John Connor, Charles Journeycake, Isaac Journeycake, John Sarcoxie, Sr. BACK ROW: James McDainel, (Cherokee), Black Beaver, Henry Tiblow, John G. Pratt, Charles Armstrong, John Young. Date: Between 1860 and 1865 (Photo via Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)

Q: This eastern Kansas town was named for a Delaware Indian whose name means "shorty." What's the name of this town?


 
A: Tonganoxie
 
The Leavenworth County town of Tonganoxie was platted in 1866. It was named for a local Delaware Indian whose name means "shorty" in the Delaware language. The local Native American was revered and named honorary chief of the tribe by town residents, even though most of the Delaware Indians had moved to Oklahoma. The community of Tonganoxie was incorporated as a city in the late 1870s. 
 
Locals often call the town "Tongy" or "Tongie." One of the town's notable people is Danni Boatwright, a former Miss Kansas USA and the "sole survivor" of the CBS Series Survivor: Guatemala.  
 
Fun fact: The City of Tonge-Noxie was established on July 21, 1866, but after 1900, the spelling was amended to its current form.

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