Potawatomi ?Trail of Death' Route

Potawatomi ?Trail of Death' Route (HM3TW)

Location: West Lafayette, IN 47906 Tippecanoe County
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N 40° 30.389', W 86° 50.64'

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Indiana to Kansas, September 4 - November 4, 1838

The 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe on this site was decisive, leading to the loss of their homelands and the removal of Indians from Indiana.

At Gunpoint, about 850 Potawatomi passed this location on September 12th, 1838 on a 660-mile trek known as the "Trail of Death" because so many, mostly children, died along the 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 Trail 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 form him.) Nan-Wesh-Mah was given his adopted father's name, was sent to school, and grew up as Abram Burnett.

He farmed near Topeka, Kansas and died in 1870. Many Potawatomi were later removed from Kansas to Oklahoma.

Erected May 31, 1996 by Oklahoma Descendents of Nan-Wesh-Mah (Abram Burnett) & By Girl Scouts, Lafayette, Indiana
HM NumberHM3TW
Series This marker is part of the Potawatomi - Trail of Death series
Year Placed1996
Placed ByOklahoma Descendents of Nan-Wesh-Mah (Abram Burnett) & By Girl Scouts, Lafayette, Indiana
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 11:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 513217 N 4483986
Decimal Degrees40.50648333, -86.84400000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 30.389', W 86° 50.64'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 30' 23.34" N, 86° 50' 38.40" W
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Area Code(s)765
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3001-3039 Battleground Ave, West Lafayette IN 47906, US
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