Hood Quiz -- June 22

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How did Stony Island get its name?

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Early Pioneers named the area Stony Island because they said from a distance, it looked like an island.

stony island is named,because from a distance it looks like an island.

The island that they say it looked like from a distance resembled a stone.

Lake Michigan once occupied all of the land/area east of Stony Island Avenue, such as the neighborhood now called South Shore. That area that was formerly part of the lake was filled with cement/concrete, and started at what is now called Stony Island. Stony Island was an island of stone or cement that extended east for land development to the Lake.

Stony Island Avenue was named after a stony hill that was once an island when the glacial Lake Chicago covered the area thousands of years ago. Early pioneers gave this hill, located in the present day neighborhood of Calumet Heights (also referred to as Pill Hill for the large number of doctors who used to live in the area), Chicago at 41°43′42″N, 87°34′47″W, the name Stony Island because at a distance it looked like an island in set a tractless prairie sea.

Let me give it a try!

The geographical feature for which it was named is a stony hill, that was once an island when the glacial Lake Chicago covered the area thousands of years ago.

Also, early pioneers gave this hill the name Stony Island because at a distance it looked like an island set in a tractless prairie sea.

When all of Chicago was a lake, this limestone ridge protruded above the water line between certain streets in the "92nd and 93rd" streets.

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