“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Bunker Hill in Macoupin County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Bunker Hill Indian Trail

Bunker Hill Indian Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 1, 2019
1. Bunker Hill Indian Trail Marker
Inscription.  During the historical period, the earliest inhabitants of the present-day community of Bunker Hill were the Peoria, Kickapoo, and Winnebago Indians who established an encampment near North Washington and West Morgan Streets. Another Native American site was northeast of Bunker Hill near the Millville School area.

From Fort Russell in Madison County to the old watering place at the head of Paddock’s Creek northeast of town, the eighteen-mile trail ran in a generally straight course through the prairie along the dividing ridge between the waters and timbers of Paddock’s Creek on the east, and Indian Creek on the west.

Native Americans on their northern and southern migrations were accustomed to stopping here near a large spring for water. Soon after the territory opened to American settlement, the indigenous populations were forced across the Mississippi River. The last Native American encampment in Bunker Hill was recorded in 1828, when five wigwams, which stood at the head of Wood River, were taken down and removed to a site further west.
Erected 2010 by The Bunker Hill Historical
Bunker Hill Indian Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 1, 2019
2. Bunker Hill Indian Trail Marker
Marker is located next to the sign
Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 39° 3.087′ N, 89° 57.094′ W. Marker is in Bunker Hill, Illinois, in Macoupin County. Marker is on Bunker Hill Road (Illinois Route 159) 0.1 miles from East North Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the entrance of Mae Meissner Whitaker Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3600 Bunker Hill Road, Bunker Hill IL 62014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Route 66 Illinois (approx. 9.7 miles away); Henry's Rabbit Ranch, Staunton, Illinois (approx. 9.7 miles away); Culp Lane Park (approx. 10.6 miles away); Truckin Down 66 - Cassens Transport and Hamel (approx. 12.6 miles away); In Remembrance - Wood River Massacre - July 10, 1814 (approx. 12.8 miles away); Wann Railroad Disaster (approx. 14˝ miles away); Robert Pershing Wadlow (approx. 14˝ miles away); John Mason Peck (approx. 14˝ miles away).
More about this marker. Marker was dedicated on May 1, 2010 (according to the ISHS's website).
Also see . . .  The Watering Place. From the Bunker Hill Public Library's website (which has several pages that talk about the history of the small community), this features re-prints from old newspapers about the Indian Trail.
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(Submitted on December 2, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
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