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West Lafayette in Tippecanoe County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fort Ouiatenon

 
 
Fort Ouiatenon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, October 7, 2002
1. Fort Ouiatenon Marker
Pronouced 'We-a-ta-non'. The French spelling is similar to 'Oui' or yes in French, or the old French spelling of 'Ouisconsin' or Wisconsin in English.
Inscription.  First post in Indiana area built nearby in 1717 by French Canada to counter British expansion in valleys of Wabash and Ohio rivers. Served as trade and communication post. French surrendered fort to British in 1761 during the French and Indian War. Fort was occupied by Native Americans after 1763 and destroyed by American soldiers 1791.
 
Erected 1976 by Indiana Bicentennial Commission.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesMilitaryNative AmericansNotable Events. In addition, it is included in the Indian Wars Battlefield Trails, the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers, and the The Spirit of ’76, America’s Bicentennial Celebration series lists.
 
Location. 40° 24.387′ N, 86° 57.797′ W. Marker is in West Lafayette, Indiana, in Tippecanoe County. Marker is at the intersection of South River Road and South Newman Road on South River Road. It is located next to the Blockhouse in Ouiatenon Park. Touch for map
Marker is surrounded by the flags to the right of the Blockhouse. image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, October 7, 2002
2. Marker is surrounded by the flags to the right of the Blockhouse.
. Marker is in this post office area: West Lafayette IN 47906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Birth Place of Rev. Anthony Foucher (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Tree (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Ouiatenon Site (about 500 feet away); The Wea Plains (approx. 3.3 miles away); Scott's Expedition (approx. 3.4 miles away); History - Main Street Bridge (approx. 3˝ miles away); John T. Myers (approx. 3.6 miles away); Iraq War Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Lafayette.
 
Feast of the Hunters Moon (Each October) image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, October 7, 2002
3. Feast of the Hunters Moon (Each October)
Feast of the Hunters Moon image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, October 7, 2002
4. Feast of the Hunters Moon
Each October, the grounds of Fort Ouiatanon drift back in time and comes alive with the sights and sounds of 1760's and the French and Indian War.
Fort Ouiatenon Marker near Blockhouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 7, 2012
5. Fort Ouiatenon Marker near Blockhouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,876 times since then and 27 times this year. Last updated on September 27, 2010. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana.   5. submitted on November 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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