Cahto, California

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Cahto[1] is a former settlement in Mendocino County, California.[2] It was located 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of Laytonville.[2]

Cahto was founded by John P. Simpson and Robert White in 1856.[2] They built a hotel there in 1861, and a store in 1865.[2] A post office operated at Cahto from 1863 to 1901.[2] The Independent Order of Odd Fellows maintained Cahto Lodge No. 206 in the town as well, which met in a two-story hall constructed in 1872 that doubled as a public hall and meeting place.[3]

"Cahto" means "lake" in the language of the local Pomo people.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The California Mining Bureau's 1917 map has the town name misspelled as Canto. Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 91. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 91. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Palmer, Lyman L. (1880). History of Mendocino County, California : Comprising its geography, geology, topography, climatography, springs and timber. Also, extended sketches of its mills and milling, mines and mining interests : also a historical sketch of the state of California, in which is embodied the raising of the bear flag. Allen Bowen & Co. 
  4. ^ Kroeber, Alfred L. (1916), "California place names of Indian origin" (PDF), University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology 12 (2): 31–69 .