Near Plymouth in Marshall County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Site Donated by John A. McFarlin
Erected 1909 by State of Indiana.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Potawatomi Trail of Death series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 4, 1838.
Location. 41° 17.711′ N, 86° 21.713′ W. Marker is near Plymouth, Indiana, in Marshall County. Marker is on Peach Road, on the right when traveling north. About 1 mile south of Twin Lakes (West 12th) on South Peach Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plymouth IN 46563, 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. Potawatomi Indian Village (here, next to this marker); First Meeting of Marshall County (approx. 3.8 miles away); Plymouth's First Fire Alarm (approx. 4.2 miles away); Taber Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Honor Roll - Marshall County Indiana (approx. 4.3 miles away); Replica of The Statue of Liberty (approx. 4.3 miles away); Historic Crossroads of America / The Lincoln Highway (approx. 4.4 miles away); Roberts Cemetery (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plymouth.
More about this marker. The sculpture was funded by a 1907 state appropriation. Samuel Novelli and Joseph Calcagni of Barre, Vermont, sculpted the monument to the design of the local contract-holder, Frank Southworth. (Samuel Novelli is sometimes confused with the younger New York sculptor James Novelli.) Originally, the site included a small replica of the Roman Catholic log chapel in Menominee's village. The statue stands where the Vandalia (later Pennsylvania) Railroad crossed the county road; McFarlin was willing to give this land for free, while the owners of the actual site of Menominee's village, on the north side of the lake, wanted to be paid for any land that might be used.
Regarding Chief Menominee. Chief Menominee (1791-1841) was head of the Pottowattomie Indian tribe which lived in the Twin Lakes area; there were several other reserves in the Marshall County area, including those of Chiefs Neeswaugee, Quaushquo, Benack, and Aubenaubee. Menominee never signed the treaty giving up his reservation (three of his lesser chiefs did), but was forced out anyway.
Additional keywords. Trail of Death, forced removal
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 3,758 times since then and 99 times this year. Last updated on September 24, 2010. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 4, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.