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Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Potawatomi Trail of Death

 
 
Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
1. Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker
Inscription.  
On Sept. 29, 1838, 800 Potawatomi Indians marched through Springfield on the forced removal from Indiana to Kansas. Although many had died and they faced severe hardship, they were encouraged by Judge Polke and Chief I-o-weh to exhibit pride, so they put on their best clothes, arranged themselves into line, and with an unusual display of finery, marched through the streets of Springfield. The wayfares were crowded with anxious spectators, so much so as to threaten to impede the emigration. Jared P. Irwin, a stone mason working on the construction of the State Capitol building, recorded in his journal that he saw the Indians marching by. Dr. Jerolaman was sick and requested leave to stay in Springfield a few days.
 
Erected 2000 by Pokagon Potawatomi Tribal Council.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Potawatomi Trail of Death series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 29, 1838.
 
Location. 39° 48.032′ N, 89° 38.912′ W. Marker is
Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
2. Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker
Marker is next to several plaques on a wall on East Adams Street (in front of Old State Capitol).
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in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker can be reached from East Adams Street west of South 6th Street. The plaque hangs on the east wall of the kiosk on the Old State Capitol plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 514 E Adams St, Springfield IL 62701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (here, next to this marker); President-Elect Abraham Lincoln (here, next to this marker); 1859-1911 (a few steps from this marker); Stephen A. Douglas (a few steps from this marker); The Bath & Barber Shop (a few steps from this marker); C. M. & S. Smith Store (a few steps from this marker); Departure Point of The Donner Party (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers of the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .  Potawatomi Trail of Death. SangamonLink website entry (Submitted on July 28, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2010, by Roberta Volkmann of Springfield, Illinois. This page has been viewed 1,932 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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