Near New Berlin in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Potawatomi Trail of Death
McCoys Mill Encampment
—Sept 4 - Nov 4, 1838 —
Trail of Death
Sept 4 - Nov 4, 1838
During a drought, 850 Potawatomi Indians were force-marched more than 600 miles from Indiana to Kansas. 40 died, mostly children.
After a 17 mile march from the Sangamon River camp and through Springfield, they camped at McCoy's Mill near here.
The Potawatomi left Sept 29, 1838 for Island Grove 2 miles west of Berlin.
Pow Wow Committee
Clayville Folk Arts Guild
Erected 1995 by Rainbow Dancers, Pow Wow Committee, Clayville Folk Arts Guild.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Potawatomi Trail of Death marker series.
Location. 39° 46.916′ N, 89° 46.766′ W. Marker is near New Berlin, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Jacksonville Road (County Highway 8) and New Salem Church Road, on the left when traveling west on Old Jacksonville Road. Touch for map. Marker is Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Colonel Ulysses S. Grant (here, next to this marker); Lindbergh Field (approx. 4.3 miles away); Lincoln the Leader (approx. 6.4 miles away); Illinois State Military Museum (approx. 6.4 miles away); Our Fallen Illinois Service Members (approx. 6½ miles away); The State Capitol (approx. 6.7 miles away); Spanish American War Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away); Dana Thomas House (approx. 6.9 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located on the south side of Old Jacksonville Road, just west of the New Salem United Methodist Church at Riddle Hill. It denotes the camp site at 'McCoy's Mill', which must have been located east of the marker's location on the Little Spring Creek at Riddle Hill.
Also see . . .
1. New Berlin Area Historical Society. (Submitted on July 2, 2010, by New Berlin Area Historical Society of New Berlin, Illinois.)
2. Potawatomi Trail of Death map and additional information. (Submitted on July 2, 2010, by New Berlin Area Historical Society of New Berlin, Illinois.)
Categories. • Native Americans • Notable Events • Wars, US Indian •
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