Near La Fontaine in Grant County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Miami Indian Cemetery
The largest Indian cemetery in Indiana. Few graves are marked. The Indians buried here are largely descendants of Chief Metocinya and include Meshingomesia and his family. The first burial was probably in 1873. Burial was contrary to Indian tradition and reflects Christian influence.
An Indian Baptist Church and an Indian school were located here. Otto Winger taught at the school 1895-1898. This land is part of the last Indian reservation in Indiana. The site of the battle of Mississinewa (1812) may be seen along the Mississinewa River to the southwest.
Erected 1972 by Society of Indiana Pioneers. (Marker Number 27.1972.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
Location. 40° 38.4′ N, 85° 43.828′ W. Marker is near La Fontaine, Indiana, in Grant County. Marker is on County Road 600 Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3750 County Rd 600 N, La Fontaine IN 46940, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chief Meshingomesia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mississinewa Battlefield (approx. ¾ mile away); Here on December 17-18, 1812 (approx. ¾ mile away); Conner's Mill (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Battle Of Mississinewa (approx. one mile away); Miami Indian Memorial (approx. 1½ miles away); Metocinyah's Village (approx. 1.7 miles away); La Fontaine Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Fontaine.
Also see . . . Meshingomesia (Mihsiinkweemisa) Cemetery and Indian School Historic District. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The link is to the National Register registration form and includes detailed history and information on the cemetery and school. (Submitted on January 16, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 4,800 times since then and 111 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. Photos: 1. submitted on July 2, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. submitted on July 2, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. 19. submitted on November 19, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.