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    Trail of Death - Battleground, Indiana

    by Toughluck Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Battle Ground: plaque and map on boulder at Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum. Sponsored by descendants of Abram Burnett and erected 1996 by Girl Scout Troop 219.
    Battleground Trail of Death Marker.

    Located on the grounds of Tippecanoe State Memorial

    Other Sites:
    Plymouth
    Rochester
    Logansport
    Carrol County
    Battleground and West Lafayette
    Independence
    Williamsport

    Fondest memory: Potawatomi "Trail of Death' Route
    Indiana to Kansas, September 4 - November 4, 1838
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    The 1811 battle of Tippecanoe on this site was decisive, leading to the loss of their nomelands and the removal of Indians from Indiana. At gunpoint, about 850 Potawatomi passed this location on September 12th, 1838 on a 660-mile (1,056 km) trek known as the 'Trail of Death' because so many, mostly children, died along teh way. After two months, about 750 Potawatomi arrived at what is now Osawatomie, Kans., joining those who had gone earlier.

    A 26-year old Potawatomi and interpreter on the Traio of Death was nan-wesh-mah. After his father died, he had been adopted by a half-white older cousin, Abraham Burnett, a merchant at Fort Wayne, who had fought on the Indian side at the Battle of Tippecanoe. (Burnett's creek nearby was named for him.) Nan-wesh-mah was given his adopted father's name, was sent to school, and gre up as Abram Burnett.

    He farmed near topeka, Kansas and died in 1870. Many Potawatomi were later removed from Kansas to Oklahoma.
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    Erected May 31, 1996 by
    Oklahoma Descendents of Nan-Wesh-Mah (Abram Burnett)
    & by Girl Scouts, Lafayette, Indiana

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    Trail of Death Marker - West Lafayette

    by Toughluck Updated Nov 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Lafayette: metal sign on boulder on County Road 500 North between Morehouse Road and 225 West just west of the Mt. Zion Church, erected by Tipecanoe County Historical Association in 1988. Potawatomi Trail of Death site.

    Other Sites:
    Plymouth
    Rochester
    Logansport
    Carrol County
    Battleground and West Lafayette
    Independence
    Williamsport

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  • Little know historical attraction

    by bmks Written Apr 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Be sure to check out the watchtower in Cairo. Take Salisbury St. North all the way to county farm road. Go north on county farm road past Harrison High School and follow the road past 725 north. Road curves W then curves N. Keep following road and don't blink you eyes until you get to Cairo. Turn Right watchtower on Right.

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    One Room SchoolHouse

    by Toughluck Written Apr 21, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Located north of West Lafayette on County Road 500 N, just east of County Road 75 W. Today, it is a private home and not open to the public. Most one-room school houses are gone and this is a fine example of the support for public education that this nation had.

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  • I forgot, if you're at Purdue...

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: I forgot, if you're at Purdue in the fall on a Saturday, come to a football game! They're a lot of fun and you can watch our Boilers take on any of a number of opponents! Sometimes the media gives us too little credit, other times, too much! :) But we really are one of the top football teams in the nation and most of the games are pretty exciting!

    Fondest memory: The last three games of the 2000 season! The first two of those were incredibly exciting as we barely won against Michigan and OSU, two top teams. The last home game was against Indiana, which we won by a large margin! This also secured us a bid to the Rose Bowl in Padadena! Anywho, this picture is after that game when we rushed the field (for a third time).

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