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Peek-a-ton-o-kee, a large, navigable stream that enters Rock river, in Jo Daviess county, about six miles below the boundary line. It rises in two principal branches, near the Blue Mounds, in Wisconsin territory, called the East and West forks, which unite before they enter the state of Illinois.
The East fork rises north of the Blue Mounds, near the head of Grant river. The West fork runs near the Blue Mounds.
After their junction, the Peek-a-ton-o-kee runs first a south course into Illinois, thence a southeast course, and finally winds round north of east, and enters Rock river. It is one hundred yards wide at the mouth, eighty yards wide at the boundary line, and is navigable for flat boats to Mineral Point, in the Wisconsin territory.
I have had no little trouble in determining the orthography of this name. its aboriginal meaning is said to be "Swift River." by many persons it is written and pronounced Pik-e-tol-e-ka. I have adopted the orthography and pronunciation of gentlemen from its vicinity. [Source: "A Gazetteer of Illinois" by J. M. Peck, A. M. Second Printing 1837]
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