Paola in Miami County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Baptiste & Mary Ann Peoria
Dedicated to a couple who helped found and shape Paola, Baptiste Peoria, chief of the Confederated Peoria Tribes and his wife Mary Ann Isaacs Dagenet Peoria chose to take a leadership role in developing Paola. Most of the Paola Town Company were members of the tribe by birth or marriage and adoption. Baptiste served as President of the Town Company until it was dissolved. His vision helped provide the Town Square which has been the heart of our community for so long. Mary Ann was known as "Mother Batees" to all the early members of the town for her caring, guidance and leadership helping provide the land for the Catholic Church among other charitable projects. Together these two served as parents who watched over our earliest days through the difficult periods of "Bleeding Kansas" and the Civil War.
Celebrating over 150 years of racial diverity and cooperation.
Location. 38° 34.36′ N, 94° 52.727′ W. Marker is in Paola, Kansas, in Miami County. Marker is at the intersection of Peoria Street and Silver Street, on the right when traveling east on Peoria Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paola KS 66071, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paola Veterans' Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Hall Fire Bell (about 600 feet away); Miami County History (about 700 feet away); Miami County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Original Land Office (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Potawatomi Trail of Death (approx. 6.3 miles away); John Brown Country (approx. 6.3 miles away); Land Office (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paola.
Also see . . .
1. History of Paola, Kansas. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Excerpt from Kinsella's History of Our Cradle Land. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Concise Bio of Baptiste Peoria. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 980 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.