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Ottawa in Putnam County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Native Americans in Ottawa

Ohio Historical Marker

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, May 3, 2009
1. Native Americans in Ottawa Marker
View of front side of historical marker.
Inscription. [Front Side]:

The Ottawa, or "Tawa" Indians had inhabited the Maumee Valley since the middle of the 1700s. By the 1790s, Ottawa settlements included villages along the Blanchard River at the present-day Village of Ottawa. During the War of 1812, Colonel James Findlay destroyed these villages because the Ottawa aided British forces. In 1817, the United States government established a reserve for the Ottawa in exchange for their lands in Northwest Ohio. The reserve encompassed a five-mile square area; its center was the intersection of the Blanchard River and an Indian trace near what is now Old State Route 65.
(Continued on other side)


[Reverse Side]:

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The reserve included the Ottawa villages of Lower Tawas, on Tawa Run, and Upper Tawas, two miles east on the Blanchard River in the vicinity of present-day County Road 8. Near each of these villages were Ottawa burial grounds, which were eventually unearthed by white settlers and residents of the village. The Ottawa ceded their reserve to United States in 1831 and were removed to a reservation in what would become Kansas. The land was auctioned off to white settlers in 1833 and the Village of Ottawa was established in 1834.
 
Erected 2003 by
Native Americans in Ottawa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 3, 2009
2. Native Americans in Ottawa Marker
View of reverse side of historical marker
Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, First Bank of Ottawa, Sky Bank, Union Bank, The Putnam County Genealogical Society, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-69.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 1.143′ N, 84° 2.954′ W. Marker is in Ottawa, Ohio, in Putnam County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 224) just west of South Walnut Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ottawa OH 45875, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Putnam County World War Memorial Clock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Putnam County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frances Rappaport Horwich (approx. 0.7 miles away); Crawfis College (approx. 4.8 miles away); Columbus Grove Municipal Pool (approx. 6.5 miles away); Pandora Veterans Memorial (approx. 6.5 miles away); Columbus Grove Veterans Memorial Flagpole (approx. 6.8 miles away); Oglevie Post 64 G.A.R. Civil War Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ottawa.
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812
 
Native Americans in Ottawa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 3, 2009
3. Native Americans in Ottawa Marker
View of historical marker looking east down West Main Street.
Native Americans in Ottawa Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, May 3, 2009
4. Native Americans in Ottawa Marker
View of historical marker located in downtown park setting. Note that building to the right of the park as sandbags surrounding its outer perimeter to provide protection from the flood waters of the Blanchard River (located about two blocks to the south).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 984 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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