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Old Treaty Elm

 
 
Old Treaty Elm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2012
1. Old Treaty Elm Marker
Inscription.  The tree which stood here until 1933, marked the Northern Boundary of the Fort Dearborn Reservation, the trail to Lake Geneva, the center of Billy Caldwell’s (Chief Sauganash) Reservation, and the site of the Indian Treaty of 1835.
 
Erected 1937 by Chicago’s Charter Jubilee. Authenticated by Chicago Historic Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryNative Americans.
 
Location. 41° 59.121′ N, 87° 44.447′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of Noth Kilbourn Avenue and North Rodgers Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Noth Kilbourn Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chicago IL 60646, 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. Sauganash Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Charles N. Loucks House (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Spirit of the Fighting Yank (approx. 2.3 miles away); Philip Rogers Home Site
Old Treaty Elm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2012
2. Old Treaty Elm Marker
(approx. 2.9 miles away); 1877 Keystone from City Hall Building (approx. 3 miles away); Indian Boundary Village (approx. 3 miles away); Indian Boundary Park (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Old Treaty Elm in 1928. A photo of the tree. (Submitted on June 10, 2016, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.) 

2. 1928 article about the possible loss of the Treaty Elm. (Submitted on June 10, 2016, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
3. Historical markers that don't quite hit the mark. As part of Chicago's WTTW (PBS affiliate) "Ask Geoffrey" series, Geoffrey answers questions regarding some of Chicago's mysterious historical plaques. The Old Treaty Elm is one of them that he talks about. Contains video. Published in May 2020. (Submitted on July 27, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 732 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 22, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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