Chief Wahbememe Burial Site

Chief Wahbememe Burial Site (HMVR6)

Location: White Pigeon, MI 49099 St Joseph County
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N 41° 47.867', W 85° 39.767'

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Potawatomi Chief Wahbememe (White Pigeon) was a signer of the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, which placed Michigan Great Lakes forts in U.S. hands. The chief was known as a friend to the white settlers in Michigan. According to legend, while attending a gathering of chiefs in Detroit, Wahbememe heard of a plot to attack the settlement that became known as White Pigeon. The story states that he immediately set out on foot, running nearly 150 miles across the state without stopping for food or rest to alert the village. After warning of the impending danger, he collapsed form exhaustion and soon died. His remains are buried on this site, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Side 2
In 1909 members of the Alba Columba Club, a White Pigeon women's group, raised funds and community support to create this monument to Chief Wahbememe (White Pigeon). The owner of the burial site, John Weaver, with the help of his sons and neighbors, loaded the granite boulder onto a wagon at the Edison M. Rockwell farm in Porter Township, Cass County. Four horses pulled it ten miles to this site. On August 10, 1909, a day-long celebration marked the occasion of the dedication of Wahbememe's memorial. Four thousand people, including Lieutenant Governor Patrick H. Kelley watched as Chief Wahbememe's great-great-grandson, Willie White Pigeon, aged six, unveiled the finished monument.

HM NumberHMVR6
Marker NumberL1521
Year Placed2000
Placed ByMichigan Historial Center, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 3:14am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 611096 N 4628188
Decimal Degrees41.79778333, -85.66278333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 47.867', W 85° 39.767'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 47' 52.02" N, 85° 39' 46.02" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14956-14998 W Chicago Rd, White Pigeon MI 49099, US
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