Potawatomi Trail of Death

Potawatomi Trail of Death (HMMXM)

Location: Springfield, IL 62701 Sangamon County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 48.033', W 89° 38.909'

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On Sept. 29, 1838, 800 Potawatomi Indians marched through Springfield on the forced removal from Indiana to Kansas. Although many had died and they faced severe hardship, they were encouraged by Judge Polke and Chief I-o-weh to exhibit pride, so they put on their best clothes, arranged themselves into line, and with an unusual display of finery, marched through the streets of Springfield. The wayfares were crowded with anxious spectators, so much so as to threaten to impede the emigration. Jared P. Irwin, a stone mason working on the construction of the State Capitol building, recorded in his journal that he saw the Indians marching by. Dr. Jerolaman was sick and requested leave to stay in Springfield a few days.
Series This marker is part of the Potawatomi - Trail of Death series
Year Placed2000
Placed ByPokagon Potawatomi Tribal Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 12:29am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 273255 N 4408976
Decimal Degrees39.80055000, -89.64848333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 48.033', W 89° 38.909'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 48' 1.98" N, 89° 38' 54.54" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-99 E Adams St, Springfield IL 62701, US
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