After the War of 1812
After the War of 1812, the U.S. renewed efforts to obtain Indian lands in the Indiana Territory. In October 1818, the Miami, Potawatomi, Wea, and Delaware nations under pressure signed treaties with the U.S. exchanging millions of acres of their lands in central Indiana for annuities and goods, opening this forest region to settlers looking for land to farm.
In 1818, Jacob Whetzel, his son Cyrus, and axmen cut an east-west trail that began near Laurel on the Whitewater River, crossed the Big Blue River near here, and ended near Waverly and the bluffs on White River. Settlers from east and south used this trace and helped establish Shelby, Rush, Johnson,Morgan, and Marion counties and the new capital at Indianapolis.
Erected 2011 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Shelby County Historical Society, and County Fourth Grade Students. (Marker Number 73.2011.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Home of Thomas Andrews Hendricks (approx. 5.2 miles away); Historic Shelbyville High School 1896 (approx. 5.4 miles away); Civil War Memorial - Shelby County Indiana (approx. 5½ miles away); De Witt Pioneer Home (approx. 6 miles away); James Whitcomb Riley (approx. 12.7 miles away); Historic National Road / Make History, Drive It (approx. 12.7 miles away); a different marker also named James Whitcomb Riley (approx. 12.7 miles away); Hancock County, Indiana (approx. 12.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelbyville.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2012, by Kern Butler of Auburn, Indiana. This page has been viewed 518 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on September 18, 2012, by Kern Butler of Auburn, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.