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Perry in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Potawatomi Trail of Death

Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Emily Pursley, June 15, 2019
1. Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker
Inscription.  On Oct. 5, 1838, about 800 Potawatomi Indians camped at McKee’s Creek near here on the forced removal from Indiana to Kansas, known as the Trail of Death. They crossed the Illinois River by ferry. Leaving the river they had to seek water, because of the severe drought of ‘38. This plaque placed in commemoration in 2003 by the people of the Perry, Illinois, community and The Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, Ok.
Erected 2003 by Village of Perry and The Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, Ok.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Potawatomi Trail of Death series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 5, 1838.
Location. 39° 46.99′ N, 90° 44.709′ W. Marker is in Perry, Illinois, in Pike County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and Federal Street on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Perry IL 62362, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Perry Church of Christ Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (about 700
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feet away, measured in a direct line); Cross of Gold Speech (about 700 feet away); Cobb Family Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away); General Grant and the 21st IL Regiment (approx. 4.2 miles away); Skinner House (approx. 5.3 miles away); Griggsville Fire Bell (approx. 5.3 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perry.
More about this marker. Located on the south side of the park next to the veterans memorial.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 23 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 17, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 31, 2023