Pendleton in Madison County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Indians Murdered 1824
U.S. took American Indian lands in central Indiana by treaty in 1818. Some Indian villages and camps remained in the area as white settlers rushed to buy land. In the spring of 1824, white men murdered nine Indian men, women and children living at their winter camp on a stream about eight miles east of here. White residents soon arrested all but one of the culprits. (Continued on other side)
To allay fears of settlers and Indians, U.S. Indian Agent John Johnston used federal funds to provide supplies to families of Indian victims and to build a log jail near here to secure the accused. Following jury trials, three perpetrators were hanged in 1825; Governor James Ray pardoned one young man. In this rare case, Indians obtained some justice from U.S. law.
Erected 2017 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Historic Fall Creek, Pendleton Settlement. (Marker Number 48.2017.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & SettlersIndiana Historical Bureau Markers series list.
Location. 40° 0.386′ N, 85° 44.698′ W. Marker is in Pendleton, Indiana, in Madison County. Marker is on N. Pendleton Ave. 0.1 miles north of Fall Creek Parkway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 N Pendleton Ave, Pendleton IN 46064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Abolitionists Mobbed (a few steps from this marker); The Falls (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Falls Park (about 700 feet away); Three White Men Were Hung Here (approx. ¼ mile away); Pendleton Town Hall Explosion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Carnegie Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bicentennial (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Anderson Street Railway (approx. 7½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pendleton.
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