By Kern Butler, September 15, 2012
|1. Whetzel Trace Marker|
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.
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
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 17 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Site of Home of Thomas Andrews Hendricks (approx. 5.2 miles away); 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); Nancy Kerlin Barnett (approx. 16.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shelbyville.
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2012, by Kern Butler of Auburn, Indiana. This page has been viewed 121 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on September 18, 2012, by Kern Butler of Auburn, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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