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

Kekionga

 
 
Kekionga Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
1. Kekionga Marker
Inscription. This area of the Three Rivers was a site of settlement of Native Americans for as much as 10,000 years. The collection of villages known as Kekionga, located in the present-day Lakeside neighborhood, was a center of the Miami nation in historic times. At the time of the Miami confederacy in the 1790s, Kekionga also was the gathering place for the Huron, the Ottawa, and the Shawnee.

Tradition holds that Kekionga means "the blackberry patch." To the Miami people this also had the meaning of an ancient, sacred place. In the spring, the scattered families of the several clans came to Kekionga from their winter hunting grounds to conduct their business, prepare for war, and cultivate the fields.

Kekionga was described in the 1790s as being a very large settlement called "Miami Town" by eastern Americans who feared the place as the center of Indian resistance to the expanding United States frontier.

Kekionga occupied the ground above the flood plain of the Maumee and the St. Joseph rivers and was surrounded by wide expanses of corn fields, as far as the eye can see," according to one observer. Anthony Wayne commented on the broad corn fields that extended all along the Maumee River. Others noted the herds of cattle and the many gardens growing pumpkins, melons, and squash. Dome-shaped houses, called "wiccias,"
Kekionga Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
2. Kekionga Marker
View of historical marker with Maumee River flood levee in the background.
log homes, and bark-covered long houses, for business or religious purposes, covered the many acres of Kekionga.

Kekionga remained a place of native settlement until the Miami were forcibly removed from Indiana in 1846.
 
Erected by Journal-Gazette Foundation.
 
Location. 41° 4.905′ N, 85° 7.826′ W. Marker is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Allen County. Marker is on Edgewater Avenue half a mile west of Lafort Street, on the left. Click for map. This historical marker is located just downstream from the "Three Rivers" area (where the St. Mary's and St. Joseph's Rivers come together to form the Maumee River), along the north side of the river. Marker is at or near this postal address: 740 Edgewater Avenue, Fort Wayne IN 46805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Site of General Wayne's Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Fort Wayne Well (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Last Two American Forts/The Siege of 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Kekionga (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle of Harmar's Ford (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mother George (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pirogue Landing (approx. 0.3 miles away); Journal Gazette Building (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Wayne.
 
Also see . . .
Kekionga Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 20, 2009
3. Kekionga Marker
View of historical marker looking eastward with view of Edgewater Street on the left side of the picture and a view along the length of the north side of the Maumee River flood levee on the right side of the picture.

1. Miami Indians. This link is published and made available by, "Ohio History Central," an online encyclopedia of Ohio History. (Submitted on August 3, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Miami Indians. This web link was both published and made available by, "Touring Ohio." (Submitted on August 3, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Kekionga. An encyclopedia article posted on Absolute Astronomy.com. (Submitted on August 3, 2009, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
 
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