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Near Tippecanoe in Marshall County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Benack's Village

 
 
Benack's Village Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, January 18, 2013
1. Benack's Village Marker
Side One
Inscription.  
(Side One)
Osheakkebe, also known as Stephen Benack, was an ogimaa (leader) whose village was near here, 1834-1848. Born circa 1780 of Potawatomi and French-Canadian heritage, Benack resisted United States’ taking of lands long inhabited by Indians and sided with Great Britain in War of 1812. He and allied Indian leaders signed 1815 peace treaty at Spring Wells near Detroit.

(Side Two)
Indian leaders traded tribal lands in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin to U.S., 1817-1832, for annuities, reserves, and land rights. By treaty, Benack secured 2000 acres of land including his village, which remained despite U.S. forced removal of Indians from Indiana in 1830s and 1840s. Benack died in 1855 and was buried at the University of Notre Dame.
 
Erected 2011 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Potawatomi Wildlife Park. (Marker Number 50.2011.1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1780.
 
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41° 13.849′ N, 86° 6.322′ W. Marker is near Tippecanoe, Indiana, in Marshall County. Marker is on 17th Road, 0.3 miles east of State Road 331, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in Potawatomi Wildlife Park at the end of 17th Road east of State Route 331. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Potawatomi Wildlife Park, 16998 SR 331, Tippecanoe IN 46570, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sanford C. Cox River Ford (within shouting distance of this marker); Parks IOOF Cemetery (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Bourbon Boys (approx. 4˝ miles away); The Lincoln Highway (approx. 4˝ miles away); a different marker also named The Lincoln Highway (approx. 4˝ miles away); Old Town Pump (approx. 4˝ miles away); Early Bourbon Cemetery (approx. 4.6 miles away); Lawrence D. Bell (approx. 5.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  IHB Annotated Text for Marker. The Indiana Historical Bureau (IHB) provides notes giving explanations and comments on the marker's inscription. (Submitted on July 25, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Benack's Village Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, January 18, 2013
2. Benack's Village Marker
Side Two
Benack's Village Marker in Potawatomi Wildlife Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, January 18, 2013
3. Benack's Village Marker in Potawatomi Wildlife Park
Tippecanoe River in Potawatomi Wildlife Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, January 18, 2013
4. Tippecanoe River in Potawatomi Wildlife Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2012, by Aimee Rose Formo of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,226 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 18, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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