Potawatomi Trail of Death Camp - Keytesville, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 39° 26.075 W 092° 56.232
15S E 505404 N 4365006
Another camp site on the long Trail of Death of the Potawatomi
Waymark Code: WMQQ4R
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 03/17/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member MountainWoods
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County of marker: Chariton County
Location of marker: Park St & Bridge St., Price Park, Keytesville
Marker erected: Sept. 24, 1993
Boulder donated by: Harvey and Juanita Grotjan
Plaque donated by: Berry Funeral Home

Marker text:

In Remembrance of
Encamped at Keytesville
Oct. 20, 21, 1838

[The Keytesville Historical Society and Keytesville Tourism Bureau show on their web sites this marker at the Maxwell Taylor Park. This is incorrect. The marker is in Sterling Price Park.]

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History of Mark:

"The Potawatomi Trail of Death was the forced removal of 859 members of the Potawatomi nation from Indiana to reservation lands in what is now eastern Kansas in 1838. Under an armed escort of volunteer militia, the march began at Twin Lakes, Indiana, (Myers Lake and Cook Lake, near Plymouth, Indiana) on September 4, 1838, and ended on November 4, 1838, along the western bank of the Osage River, near present-day Osawatomie, Kansas. During the journey of approximately 660 miles (1,060 km) over 61 days, more than 40 persons died, most of them children. It marked the single largest Indian removal in Indiana history.

"Although the Potawatomi had ceded their lands in Indiana to the federal government under a series of treaties made between 1818 and 1837, Chief Menominee and his Yellow River band at Twin Lakes refused to leave, even after the August 5, 1838, deadline had passed. Indiana governor David Wallace authorized General John Tipton to mobilize a local militia of one hundred volunteers to forcibly remove the Potawatomi from the state. On August 30, 1838, Tipton and his men surprised the Potawatomi at Twin Lakes, where they surrounded the village and gathered the remaining Potawatomi together for their removal to Kansas. Reverend Benjamin Marie Petit, who was a Catholic missionary at Twin Lakes, also joined his parishioners on their difficult journey from Indiana, across Illinois and Missouri, into Kansas.

"Historian Jacob Piatt Dunn is credited for naming the Potawatomi's forced march "The Trail of Death" in his book, True Indian Stories (1909). The Trail of Death was declared a Regional Historic Trail by the states legislatures of Indiana, Illinois, and Kansas in 1994; Missouri passed similar legislation in 1996. As of 2013, there were 80 Trail of Death markers along the route, at each campsite every 15 to 20 miles, in all four states. See www.potawatomi-tda.org for photos, 1838 diary, GPS locations, history. Historic highway signs have been placed across Indiana in Marshall, Fulton, Cass, Carroll, Tippecanoe and Warren counties, signaling each turn. Many signs have been erected in Illinois and Missouri. Kansas has completed placing highway signs in the three counties crossed by the Trail of Death." ~ Wikipedia

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