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West Quincy in Marion County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Trail of Death

 
 
Trail of Death Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
1. Trail of Death Marker
Inscription.  On Oct. 8-10, 1838, about 800 Potawatomi Indians camped here on the west side of the Mississippi River, after crossing by steam-ferry from Quincy. They were enroute to Kansas, being forcibly removed from Indiana. Three children died Oct. 8. Wagons were repaired; horses were shod. At request of chiefs they were granted liberty to remain in camp for devotional services on succeeding Sabbaths. Three dragoons (soldiers) were allowed to return home: Kelley, Smith and H. Barnett. Dr. Jerolaman of Logansport, Ind., arrived, but was sic,. The health of the Indians was reported as "improving."
 
Erected 2003 by Boy Scout Troop 161, Palmyra, Mo.; Chris Pieper, Eagle Scout; and Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, Ok.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Potawatomi Trail of Death series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
 
Location. 39° 55.738′ N, 91° 26.682′ W. Marker is in West Quincy, Missouri, in Marion County. Marker is on U.S.
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24 west of County Highway 357, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located at Ayerco gas station. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8550 US-24, Taylor MO 63471, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lord's Cabin (approx. 1.4 miles away in Illinois); Stone Smokehouse (approx. 1˝ miles away in Illinois); Indian Removals - A Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away in Illinois); Navy Reserve (approx. 1.6 miles away in Illinois); Ulysses S. Grant (approx. 1.6 miles away in Illinois); The Latter-Day Saints in Quincy (approx. 1.6 miles away in Illinois); Steamboats and Railroads (approx. 1.6 miles away in Illinois); Tri-State Business Center (approx. 1.6 miles away in Illinois).
 
Trail of Death Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
2. Trail of Death Marker
close-up of marker on rock
Trail of Death Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 8, 2021
3. Trail of Death Marker
Marker is located at Ayerco gas station, to the left of the building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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