Chief Wahbememe Burial Site
Potawatomi Chief Wahbememe (White Pigeon) was a signer of the 1795 Treaty of Greenville, which placed Michigan Great Lakes forts in U.S. hands. The chief was known as a friend to the white settlers in Michigan. According to legend, while attending a gathering of chiefs in Detroit, Wahbememe heard of a plot to attack the settlement that became known as White Pigeon. The story states that he immediately set out on foot, running nearly 150 miles across the state without stopping for food or rest to alert the village. After warning of the impending danger, he collapsed form exhaustion and soon died. His remains are buried on this site, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1909 members of the Alba Columba Club, a White Pigeon women's group, raised funds and community support to create this monument to Chief Wahbememe (White Pigeon). The owner of the burial site, John Weaver, with the help of his sons and neighbors, loaded the granite boulder onto a wagon at the Edison M. Rockwell farm in Porter Township, Cass County. Four horses pulled it ten miles to this site. On August 10, 1909, a day-long celebration marked the occasion of the dedication of Wahbememe's memorial. Four thousand people, including Lieutenant Governor Patrick H. Kelley watched as Chief Wahbememe's great-great-grandson,
Erected 2000 by Michigan Historial Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1521.)
Location. 41° 47.867′ N, 85° 39.767′ W. Marker is in White Pigeon, Michigan, in Saint Joseph County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 131 and U.S. 12, on the left when traveling north on U.S. 131. Click for map. The marker is in Wahbememe Park, located at the northwest corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: White Pigeon MI 49099, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of Wahbememe (a few steps from this marker); White Pigeon Fallen Soldiers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Land Survey Office (approx. one mile away); Conveying Michigan (approx. one mile away); Constantine Civil War Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away); Constantine Tribute to Veterans of All Wars (approx. 3 miles away); Constantine United Methodist Church (approx. 3 miles away); William Meek (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in White Pigeon.
More about this marker. There is a large stone marker at the burial site within Wahbememe Park, clearly visible
Flags flown on the flagpole at the park are given in memory of 1LT Jonathan W. Edds, who was killed in Iraq. A memorial stone at the foot of the flagpole, also clearly visible from the marker, denotes this fact.
Also see . . . White Pigeon, MI at Wikipedia. Page mentions Chief Wahbememe (Submitted on September 15, 2011, by Dave Zollinger of Goshen, Indiana.)
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