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Near New Berlin in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Potawatomi Trail of Death

Island Grove Encampment

 

—Sept 4-Nov 4, 1838 —

 
Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker image. Click for full size.
New Berlin Area Historical Society, August 25, 2009
1. Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker
Island Grove Encampment Sept 4-Nov 4, 1838
Inscription.
Potawatomi
Trail of Death
Sept 4 - Nov 4, 1838
Island Grove
Encampment

During a drought, 850 Potawatomi Indians were force-marched more than 600 miles from Indiana to Kansas. 40 died, mostly children.

After a 6 mile march from McCoy's Mill east of here, the Potawatomi encamped at Island Grove. A child died a few hours after making camp. He is buried near this spot.

The Potawatomi left for Jacksonville on Oct 1, 1838.

Erected by
Rainbow Dancers
Pow Wow Committee
Clayville Folk Arts Guild
1995
 
Erected 1995 by Rainbow Dancers, Pow Wow Committee, Clayville Folk Arts Guild.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Potawatomi Trail of Death marker series.
 
Location. 39° 45.819′ N, 89° 57.387′ W. Marker is near New Berlin, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on Old Jacksonville Road (County Route 8) 0.1 miles east of Peters Road (County Route 8), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. This marker is located on the north side of the Old Jacksonville Road, approximately 1/4 mile west of the Woodwreath Cemetery/Island Grove Methodist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16284 Old Jacksonville Road, New Berlin IL 62670, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker image. Click for full size.
New Berlin Area Historical Society, August 25, 2009
2. Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker
Historical Marker signs appear in both directions along Old Jacksonville Road.
At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clayville Tavern (approx. 7.8 miles away); Peter Cartwright (approx. 8 miles away); a different marker also named Potawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 9.5 miles away); Colonel Ulysses S. Grant (approx. 9.5 miles away); Lincoln’s Store Partner (approx. 12.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Mentor Graham (approx. 13.8 miles away); Historic Tree (approx. 13.8 miles away); Sangamon River (approx. 13.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Berlin.
 
Also see . . .
1. New Berlin Area Historical Society. (Submitted on July 2, 2010, by New Berlin Area Historical Society of New Berlin, Illinois.)
2. Potawatomi Trail of Death map and additional information. (Submitted on July 2, 2010, by New Berlin Area Historical Society of New Berlin, Illinois.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansNotable EventsWars, US Indian
 
 
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