Old Ohio State Capital

Updated July 24, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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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