Indianola in Red Willow County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Pawnee Woman’s Grave
The major encounter in the region was the Battle of Massacre Canyon, fought on August 5, 1873. It took place twenty-five miles west of here near present Trenton. A thousand Sioux warriors surprised and defeated a Pawnee hunting party of 350 men, women and children, killing 69 of them. The Pawnee retreated to this vicinity, where they mourned their dead throughout the night.
One survivor was a severely wounded Pawnee woman, whose child had been killed in the battle. A homesteader found her a few miles upstream and brought her here to Indianola a frontier settlement established in 1872. The woman was cared for by the settlers until she died a few days later. A crude coffin was prepared, and she was buried on the banks of Coon Creek. Her body was reburied here in 1975 by the community during the American Revolution
Erected by Bicentennial Ladies Group and Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 206.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is August 5, 1873.
Location. 40° 14.088′ N, 100° 25.319′ W. Marker is in Indianola, Nebraska, in Red Willow County. Marker is on U.S. 34, 0.1 miles west of 7th Street, on the right when traveling west. Located in city park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Indianola NE 69034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indianola POW Camp (approx. ¼ mile away); First Homestead in Red Willow Co. (approx. 4½ miles away); Mallalieu University (approx. 6.3 miles away); Frank Morrison Home (approx. 10.9 miles away); Harry D. Strunk (approx. 10.9 miles away); George William Norris (approx. 11 miles away); George W. Norris Home (approx. 11 miles away); Ben Nelson Home (approx. 11 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianola.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.