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What Does Opa Locka Mean?

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Opa-locka is the name of a city situated in Miami-Dade County, located in Florida in the United States. The city Opa-locka gets its name from a contracted version of "Opa-tisha-woka-locka", which is the name given to the area by the Native Americans. "Opa-tisha-woka-locka" roughly means a dry place present in the swamp which has trees.

Glenn Curtiss developed this city which is based on the theme of the Arabian nights. Its streets have different names based on this theme such as Sultan Avenue, Sabur Lane, Sesame Street, and Ali Baba Avenue.

This city that was founded in the year 1926 now has a population count of 14,951 people (according to the 2000 census). It has a general aviation airport, 2 lakes, 3 parks, and a number of interesting, unique buildings.
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There is more than one "Native American" language, and from the 1700s the local language in what's now Miami-Dade County was Seminole, a dialect of Muskogee. According to the "Place-Names" chapter in Martin and Mauldin's "A Dictionary of Creek-Muskogee," Opa-locka may be derived from either "opel-rakko" (big swamp) or "opel-likv" (swamp site, as in campsite). Opelika, Alabama probably has the same original name. For pronunciation, see the Creek Language Archive: Www.wm.edu/linguistics/creek/

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