Near Bellevue in Sarpy County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
In September 1835 the Merrill family relocated to a log cabin and schoolhouse the government provided on the Platte River about three miles west of here. Part of the Oto and Missouri led by Chief Iatan built a village nearby. As the Mission developed, Merrill prepared a spelling book, a reader, and hymnals in Oto language. More buildings were erected and a blacksmith and farmer joined the staff.
The Oto were plagued by diminishing game supplies and demoralized by liquor. On April 28, 1837, Iatan was killed in an Indian feud, and his successor was unable to maintain the village at the Mission. Merrill died on February 6, 1840, and was buried at St. Mary, across Missouri River from Bellevue. In 2011 only a stone fireplace and chimney remain at the mission site.
Erected 2011 by Sarpy County Historical Society and Nebraska Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker can be seen from US 75 south of Bellevue on the west side of the highway. Marker is in this post office area: Bellevue NE 68123, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fontenelle Bank - County Courthouse (approx. 4.7 miles away); Bellevue Log Cabin (approx. 4.9 miles away); Company A – First Nebraska Volunteer Infantry (approx. 4.9 miles away); Cass County Courthouse (approx. 5 miles away); Budweiser Building 1888 (approx. 5 miles away); Wetenkamp Building (approx. 5 miles away); Vienna Bakery (approx. 5 miles away); Drew/Weckbach (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bellevue.
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Categories. • Native Americans •
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