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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Rochester, Indiana

Clickable Map of Fulton County, Indiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Fulton County, IN (17) Cass County, IN (10) Kosciusko County, IN (36) Marshall County, IN (27) Miami County, IN (15) Pulaski County, IN (8) Starke County, IN (7) Wabash County, IN (50)  FultonCounty(17) Fulton County (17)  CassCounty(10) Cass County (10)  KosciuskoCounty(36) Kosciusko County (36)  MarshallCounty(27) Marshall County (27)  MiamiCounty(15) Miami County (15)  PulaskiCounty(8) Pulaski County (8)  StarkeCounty(7) Starke County (7)  WabashCounty(50) Wabash County (50)
Rochester is the county seat for Fulton County
Rochester is in Fulton County
      Fulton County (17)  
      Cass County (10)  
      Kosciusko County (36)  
      Marshall County (27)  
      Miami County (15)  
      Pulaski County (8)  
      Starke County (7)  
      Wabash County (50)  
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1 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — Edward J. Fansler Pathways
The Edward J. Fansler Pathways, originally named the Rochester Pathways, were conceived in 1993 by Mayor Edward J. Fansler. The first of three phases stretches from E. 8th Street through the Fulton County Airport grounds. The Pathways was completely . . . Map (db m72586) HM
2 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — Father Petit and the Potawatomi 'Trail of Death' — Indiana to Kansas, September 4 - November 4, 1838 —
Rev. Benjamin Marie Petit, of the City of Rennes, France, arrived as the Catholic missionary to the Potawatomi Indians in northern Indiana in November 1837. By June 1838, he had learned much of their difficult language and their culture, and had . . . Map (db m35500) HM
3 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — Fulton County Courthouses
Since its organization in 1836 Fulton County has erected three Courthouses to be the seat of its government. The first was built in 1837 directly west of the present Courthouse. It was wooden, 24x20 feet in size and cost $750. The Second, . . . Map (db m35857) HM
4 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — Fulton County War Memorial
In memory of those that have given their lives serving their Country.Map (db m35491) WM
5 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — History of Rochester College
In 1893 a public spirited group of businessmen and educators decided that Rochester, Indiana, was a strategic location for a Normal College. Those who spearheaded the promotion were Dr. W. S. Shafer, Prof. George Suman and Prof. W. H. Banta. The . . . Map (db m35490) HM
6 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — Honor Roll - Fulton County Indiana
(( Middle Panel - Upper Section )) In honored memory of the Fulton County men whose lives were lost in the Service of their Country at time of war. Our debt to them is boundless. Our gratitude undying. (( First Left Panel )) * * * * . . . Map (db m35570) WM
7 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — Joaquin Miller
Cincinnatus Heiner "Joaquin" Miller, who gained fame in Oregon as America's "Poet of the Sierras", lived from 1848-52 in Newcastle township of Fulton County. His family's home and the rude schoolhouse where he attended classes taught by his father, . . . Map (db m72512) HM
8 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — 25.1949.1 — Michigan Road
Extending from Michigan City to the Ohio River at Madison. Begun by the state in 1832 with funds obtained from sale of land granted by the Potawatomi Indians. Opened northern part of state to settlers.Map (db m35346) HM
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9 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — Potawatomi "Trail of Death"Indiana to Kansas, September 4 - November 4, 1838
On September 5, 1838, nearly 850 Potawatomi Indians marched single file through Rochester on the forced removal from Indiana to Western Territory (Kansas). Three chiefs were transported in a jail wagon: Menominee, Black Wolf, and Pepinewa. There . . . Map (db m35501) HM
10 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — Revolutionary War MemorialFulton County Indiana
17[Daughters of American Revolution Logo] 76 In memory of the Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Fulton County John Johnson • Samuel LaneMap (db m35497) HM
11 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — Site of Indian Village Chippewa-Nung — Potawatomi - Trail of Death —
. . . Map (db m35347) HM
12 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — The Underground Railroad1850 - - 1865
In memory of Fulton County Citizens who harbored fugitive slaves on their way to freedom in Canada. In Indiana, the underground railroad began along the Ohio River in 1850. After the Fugitive Slave Law was passed requiring citizens to help capture . . . Map (db m37667) HM
13 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — Trail of Death — Mud Creek —
Site of the first death of an Indian child on forced removal of Potawatomies Sept. 5, 1838.Map (db m35397) HM
14 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — W. W. I War MemorialFulton County Indiana
In Memory of the Fulton County sons who gave their lives in the World War that America might live ————————— Clarence Oren Benge • John W. Black • Earnest V. Burns • Claud Everett . . . Map (db m35492) HM
15 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — William Polke House
Built in 1834 by William Polke, first white settler in Fulton County, this is the oldest and first frame house in the county and the first frame house built north of Wabash River. It was called the White House and was a stagecoach inn on the . . . Map (db m35327) HM
16 Indiana, Fulton County, Rochester — William Polke Trading Post
William Polke was Fulton County's first white settler, coming in 1830 to survey the Michigan Road. In 1831 he built a log cabin trading post on south bank of the Tippecanoe River. He was post master of county's first post office called Chippeway, . . . Map (db m231180) HM
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Dec. 2, 2023