“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Shelbyville in Shelby County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Whetzel Trace

After the War of 1812

Whetzel Trace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kern Butler, September 15, 2012
1. Whetzel Trace Marker
Side A

After the War of 1812, the U.S. renewed efforts to obtain Indian lands in the Indiana Territory. In October 1818, the Miami, Potawatomi, Wea, and Delaware nations under pressure signed treaties with the U.S. exchanging millions of acres of their lands in central Indiana for annuities and goods, opening this forest region to settlers looking for land to farm.

Side B
In 1818, Jacob Whetzel, his son Cyrus, and axmen cut an east-west trail that began near Laurel on the Whitewater River, crossed the Big Blue River near here, and ended near Waverly and the bluffs on White River. Settlers from east and south used this trace and helped establish Shelby, Rush, Johnson,Morgan, and Marion counties and the new capital at Indianapolis.
Erected 2011 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Shelby County Historical Society, and County Fourth Grade Students. (Marker Number 73.2011.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 36.071′ N, 85° 46.401′ W. Marker is near Shelbyville, Indiana, in Shelby County. Marker is on State Road 9 (Indiana Route 9) half a mile north of County Route 425N, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is three miles north of Indiana Interstate I-74. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4565 State Road 9, Shelbyville IN 46176, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Home of Thomas Andrews Hendricks (approx. 5.2 miles away); Indiana's First Railroad (approx. 5.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Civil War Memorial - Shelby County Indiana (approx. 5.5 miles away); De Witt Pioneer Home (approx. 6 miles away); James Whitcomb Riley (approx. 12.7 miles away); a different marker also named James Whitcomb Riley (approx. 12.7 miles away); Hancock County, Indiana (approx. 12.7 miles away); Birthplace of Democratic Party Rooster (approx. 12.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shelbyville.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kern Butler of Auburn, Indiana. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 71 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Kern Butler of Auburn, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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