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Bellevue in Sarpy County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Big Elk, Bellevue Cemetery

 
 
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By Daniel Shurtliff, February 8, 2015
1. Big Elk, Bellevue Cemetery Marker
Big Elk tombstone.
Inscription.
Big Elk
Indian Name
(Ong-Pa-Ton-Ga)
1770 - 1846
Last full blooded chief of the Omaha Tribe; Friend of the pioneers, and grandfather of Logan Fontenelle.
 
Location. 41° 8.982′ N, 95° 53.671′ W. Marker is in Bellevue, Nebraska, in Sarpy County. Marker is on West Lane in Bellevue Cemetery., on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Bellevue Cemetery is located at 100-198 W. 13th Avenue. It is about one mile north of Mission / Highway 370. Marker is in this post office area: Bellevue NE 68005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bellevue Cemetery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bellevue Log Cabin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fontenelle Bank - County Courthouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); Western Historic Trails Center; Starting the Journey (approx. 5.4 miles away in Iowa); Seeking Buyers and Sellers (approx. 5.4 miles away in Iowa); We Were All Busily Engaged (approx. 5.4 miles away in Iowa); Oto Mission (approx. 5.4 miles away); Mormon Battalion Mustering Grounds (approx. 6.4 miles away in Iowa). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellevue.
 
More about this marker. The tombstone is located
Big Elk bench, Bellevue Cemetery. image. Click for full size.
By Daniel Shurtliff, February 8, 2015
2. Big Elk bench, Bellevue Cemetery.
On September 19, 1954, with 1,000 spectators, Big Elk and 14 Omahas were reburied here. Their remains were brought from Elk Hill north of Mission Avenue where Big Elk had large funerals in 1846 and 1883. Buffalo Chief translated White Bird's speech about Big Elk's leadership. A chaplain from Offutt Air Force Base spoke. Taps sounded. Fitting tribal rituals were held. The Omahas "began their long rest in peace at their final resting place." This famous orator and man of peace supported the U.S. in the War of 1812. He visited two presidents. His "Coming Flood" speech one western expansion gave good advice for all youth: "I can no longer think for you and lead you as in my younger days. You must think for yourselves... that you may be prepared for the coming change. Speak kindly to one another; Do what you can to help each other, even in the troubles with the coming tide."
in the northwest quadrant of the cemetery, up the hill. The marker and bench are on the east side of the narrow lane.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative Americans
 
Bellevue Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Daniel Shurtliff,
3. Bellevue Cemetery
The entrance to Bellevue Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2015, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 11, 2015, by Joan Shurtliff of Seward, Nebraska. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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