Near Centerville in Linn County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Kanza Indian Site?
The rock lined pits in this area pre-date the arrival of the Potawatomi Indians. Theories are that they may have been used for seed or food storage. The rocks here are shaped differently than any other in the area and their origin is uncertain. It is not clear if the Potawatomie used the pits but they did build on the site. Located in this area were Rosary beads, an 1810 American coin, religious medals dated 1830 with French & Latin inscriptions, glazed European pottery with Roman & Grecian themes, children's school slates & writing tools, clay and stone marbles, a pewter spoon, Indian beads made of turkey quills and bone, a thimble and straight pins, a stylus for writing, surgical scissors, square nails, locks, lead rifle balls, animal bones with charcoal, and numerous other items. A fire place foundation indicates that there was a building here.
Archeologist in charge Henry J. Roeckers
Erected by Indian Awareness Center of the Fulton County Historical Society and St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park Committee.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Potawatomi Trail of Death marker series.
Location. 38° 14.303′ N, 94° 56.654′ W. Marker is near Centerville, Kansas Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park, off 1525th Road, about four miles ENE of Centerville. Marker is in this post office area: Centerville KS 66014, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. [Potawatomi] Trail of Death (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named [Potawatomi] Trail of Death (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial and Historical Park (about 600 feet away); St. Mary's Mission (approx. 0.2 miles away); Potawatomi Burial Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); Father Petit and the Potawatomi 'Trail of Death' (approx. 0.2 miles away); Potawatomi "Trail of Death" march & death of Fr. Petit (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Centerville.
Also see . . .
1. St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park, KS. (Submitted on December 3, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Kaw Nation. (Submitted on December 3, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Potawatomi Trail of Death. (Submitted on December 3, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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