Potawatomi "Trail of Death" march & death of Fr. Petit

Potawatomi "Trail of Death" march & death of Fr. Petit (HM1C92)

Location: Parker, KS 66072 Linn County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 14.104', W 94° 56.655'

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[Map] Designates 1838 'Trail of Death' route from Indiana to present day Osawatomie, Kans.

In September 1838 over 850 Potawatomi Indian people were rounded up and marched at gunpoint from their Indiana homeland. Many walked the 600-mile distance, which took two months. More than 40 died, mostly children, of typhoid fever and the stress of the forced removal. Their young priest, Rev. Benjamin M. Petit, also became ill on the trail and died shortly thereafter near this location in St. Louis.

Dots on Trail are some of the 48 places where the Potawatomi people camped one night or more on the forced removal, according to the official journal kept by a government agent.

Approximate route of Father Petit & Potawatomi escort Abram Burnett (Nan-Wesh-Mah) to St. Louis in January 1839. Petit died a month later.

People shown here were all Potawatomi painted by artist Geo. Winter in 1837. All went to Kansas in either 1837 or 1838. Reproduced with permission of Tippecanoe County Historical Association, Lafayette, Indiana.

Map by T. Hamilton, Fulton County Historical Society, Rochester, Indiana, 1996.
HM NumberHM1C92
Series This marker is part of the Potawatomi - Trail of Death series
Year Placed2003
Placed ByFulton County Historical Society's Indian Awareness Center, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, et al
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 2:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 329838 N 4233683
Decimal Degrees38.23506667, -94.94425000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 14.104', W 94° 56.655'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 14' 6.24" N, 94° 56' 39.30" W
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Area Code(s)913
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 183 Unnamed Road, Parker KS 66072, US
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