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Near Marion in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Chief Waupaca

 
 
Chief Waupaca Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
1. Chief Waupaca Marker
Inscription. Chief Waupaca, better known as Sam Wapuka, was a friendly Potawatomi Indian who lived in this vicinity about the time the first white men arrived. Although he was friendly to the settlers, his tribesmen were bitterly opposed to the invasion of the white man. Once on a trip with several of his warriors, they stopped where the present city of Waupaca is located. His men were eager to massacre the entire small settlement and Waupaca talked long and eloquently to prevent it. He succeeded but when he remounted his pony to continue on his way, he suddenly fell dead from his horse. His companions hurriedly buried him almost where he fell. Later relatives purchased several acres of land, including this site, and brought the body here. His sons Shopodock and Hongkoot, stepson Jake and at least sixteen other relatives are buried here with him.
 
Erected 1957 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 73.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 36.959′ N, 88° 53.991′ W. Marker is near Marion, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 110 and Schoneck Road, on the left when traveling south
Chief Waupaca Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
2. Chief Waupaca Marker
on State Highway 110. Click for map. Marker is by a small parking area. Marker is in this post office area: Marion WI 54950, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Big Falls (approx. 5.7 miles away); Clintonville Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.9 miles away); Portion of Wall of China (approx. 6.9 miles away); Four–Wheel Drive (approx. 7 miles away); Birthplace of an Airline (approx. 8.3 miles away); Melvin O. Handrich (approx. 10.7 miles away).
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Chief Waupaca Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 14, 2013
3. Chief Waupaca Marker
The posts have been replaced.
Chief Waupaca Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
4. Chief Waupaca Gravestone
Chief Waupaca
Tribe of
Potawatamis
Erected May 1926
Chief Waupaca Historical Site image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, July 4, 2009
5. Chief Waupaca Historical Site
Marker is at the left edge of the photo.
 
 
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