Blackwater in Cooper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Osage Indians thought so much of the French Explorer, Pierre Chouteau, as a fur trader, that on March 19, 1792 they gave him land along the Lamine River including what is now Blackwater township, Pilot Grove township and of course, the once famous summer resort, Chouteau Springs.
This Indian represents the Osage chieftain with a staff in his left hand and in his right, a scroll, or "deed" which he presented to Chouteau with the promise that if the Osage Indian "offspring" gave him any trouble as land owner of said tract of land, he need only to show them the scroll. Opposition to the land ownership came not from the Indians but from the U.S. Government which seemed to think the land was theirs. Chouteau didn't agree and the case went to court and was in litigation until 1837, when the grant got acknowledgment. Chouteau sold it to Gov. William Ashley and when Ashley died in 1839 he was buried on a spot that he had chosen as his final resting place, an ancient Indian mound on a high bluff overlooking the Missouri river near the junction of the Lamine [sic] river north of what we know as the town of Lamine.
Stacey Robinson carved this Indian with a chain saw in just a few hours with only a picture to go by. He is from Montgomery City, MO. Sculptor donated by the Blackwater Preservation Society.
Location. 38° 58.764′ N, 92° 59.602′ W. Marker is in Blackwater, Missouri, in Cooper County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Missouri Route K) and Davis Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 Main Street, Blackwater MO 65322, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blackwater Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Replica of The Statue of Liberty (approx. 13.8 miles away); POW MIA (approx. 14.6 miles away); Greater Love Hath No Man Than This - (approx. 14.7 miles away); WWI Soldier (approx. 14.7 miles away); Santa Fe Trail (approx. 14.7 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Osage Nation. (Submitted on July 3, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Pierre Chouteau. (Submitted on July 3, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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