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Manteno was named after Manteno Bourbonnais, a daughter of Francois Bourbonnais, Jr. and his Potowatami wife. A Potawatomi Indian name, it is a possible anglicization of manito or manitou, a Potawatomi word for spirit.Oliver W. Barnard, an early settler in this area, spells her name "Mantenau" in one of his books. Other 19th century books spell it "Mawteno" and "Manteno".Because of her Indian blood, Manteno (spelled "Monteno" in the treaty, but considered incorrect, as the clerk also misspelled "Bourbonnais") was given a section of land, now part of northeastern Kankakee County, by the treaty of Camp Tippecanoe of December 20, 1832.Both Kankakee and Iroquois counties were part of Will County, Illinois before the State Legislature granted a plea of Kankakee's citizens and permitted them to incorporate in 1853.The present Township of Manteno was then the east half of the Township of Rockville. On March 12, 1855, the town's petition that the area become the Township of Manteno was granted by the county's Board of Supervisors.The town was also home to Manteno State hospital, one of the largest mental hospitals at the time. It received its first patients in 1930 and closed in 1985. The North half of the original campus has been turned into a Veterans home. Some buildings have been torn down and housing has been put up. A lot of the buildings have been renovated, and very few buildings on the south side of the campus are left in original condition, but yet still abandoned.
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