Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Ancient Peoples Who Once Walked Here
Later, another wave of migration flowed across the centuries. The people of the Woodland Culture were here by 1,000 B.C. Those of the Mississippian Culture were here (900 A.D.) Before Columbus discovered America. Members of several tribes - - Miami, Shawnee, Potawatomi and Delaware - - were relative latecomers. It is believed that the original inhabitants of North America came across the Bering Strait and that these people all descended from them.
This area was reserved for hunting, fishing and gathering of nuts, berries and other foods, which were always plentiful. For this reason, we find no permanent villages here. Villages were to the north and to the south. But there are many small settlements where these people camped temporarily when they came to replenish their food supplies after long hard winters and again in the fall. They must have loved this land - - with its great walnut stands, its flowing creeks - - in flowering springs and golden falls. Pottery shards are little in evidence here, they are found in the more permanent
Through the years, many arrowheads have been picked up, and evidence still lingers in the stone chips left at various sites where they were painstakingly cut. These long-ago people have left them here in token and remembrance of their passing.
Erected by Heritage Preservation Society.
Location. 39° 38.636′ N, 86° 51.813′ W. Marker is in Greencastle, Indiana, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of South Vine Street and East Washington Street (U.S. 231), on the right when traveling south on South Vine Street. Touch for map. Located on "Heritage Wall" in the bottom row - - fourth from the left end. Marker is in this post office area: Greencastle IN 46135, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Handy's Dairy 1916 - -2002 (here, next to this marker); Prevo 1900 - 1992 (here, next to this marker); Eitel's Flowers (here, next to this marker); Women in Greencastle History (here, next to this marker); Cannon's Men's Wear 1891 -- 1985 (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln's Biography (here, next to this marker); Eli Lilly & The Civil War (1861–1865 ) (here, next to this marker); Percy Lavon Julian (1899--1975 ) (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greencastle.
Categories. • Anthropology • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 390 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 15, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.