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Fort Wayne in Allen County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Chief Little Turtle

1752 - 1812

 
 
Chief Little Turtle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
1. Chief Little Turtle Marker
Close up view of this historical marker
Inscription.
ME-SHE-KIN-QUAH, Chief
of the Miami Indians
Teacher of his people
Friend of the United States

His endeavors toward peace
should serve as an inspiration
for future generations
This plot of ground, the last
resting place of Chief Little
Turtle, is dedicated to the
children of America and made
a public park in 1959
through the generosity of

Eleanor Smeltzly and
Mary Catherine Smeltzly

Under the auspices of the
Allen County - Fort Wayne
Historical Society

 
Erected by Allen County - Fort Wayne Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 5.484′ N, 85° 7.938′ W. Marker is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Allen County. Marker is on Lawton Place 0.1 miles east of Spy Run Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 664 Lawton Place, Fort Wayne IN 46805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Meshekinnoquah (here, next to this marker); Site of Last French Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Wells (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Philo T. Farnsworth
Chief Little Turtle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
2. Chief Little Turtle Marker
View of the large rock that this historical marker is affixed to.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Duck Creek: Early Industry and Business Development (approx. half a mile away); Jail Flats (approx. half a mile away); Emerine Jane Holman Hamilton (approx. half a mile away); Earliest Railroad (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Wayne.
 
More about this marker. This historical marker is located about 0.5 miles due north of the point where the St. Mary's and St. Joseph's Rivers come together to form the Maumee River. It is located just east of Spy Run Avenue, in the middle of a residential neighborhood, about 0.1 west of the St. Joseph River.
 
Regarding Chief Little Turtle. In the Wikipedia link, when discussing the legacy of Chief Little Turtle, the following information is shared; "In 1911, a very old grave was accidentally discovered by a homebuilder on Lawton Place in Fort Wayne. Research showed that the tomb was indeed that of Michikinikwa. The sword given to him by George Washington was found in the grave and is now in the Ft. Wayne and Allen County Historical Society Museum. The body was not disinterred, and the plans for the house
Chief Little Turtle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
3. Chief Little Turtle Marker
View of the small park, in the middle of a residential neighborhood, that was created for Chief Little Turtle.
were altered.

"In 1959, the site was purchased by the Smeltzly sisters of Fort Wayne, with the express desire of holding up Little Turtle's peacemaking efforts "as an example to future generations" and donated to the city as a public park 'dedicated to the children of America.' In 1994, the memorial was improved with additional markers and a trust established for its maintenance."
 
Also see . . .
1. LittleTurtle. This web link was both published and made available by, "Touring Ohio." (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Michikinikwa, Also known as Little Turtle. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on July 24, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Wikipedia entry for Michikinikwa. (Submitted on July 25, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Clean Up of Grave Site
The Spy Run Neighborhood Association is working with the Fort Wayne City Parks department to revamp and clean up the Little Turtle grave site. It has been neglected for years. Overgrowth from the native plant life, as well as graffiti, has made a mess of the memorial. Improvements will restore it to the original place of honor. More updates to come.
    — Submitted October 23, 2013, by Jerry Huffman of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,893 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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