DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Washington:

Lewis Cass statue in U.S. Capitol Statuary Hall.

The National Museum of the American Indian. On the National Mall between the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building.


INDIANA

Fishers:

Conner Prairie. 1836 Prairietown village. Original house of fur trader William Conner.  The spring house inspired the author to add the spring house scene to her book. connerprairie.org

Fort Wayne:

Replica of the fort in which the McCoys lived and worked. fwcvb.org

Huntington:

Historic Forks of the Wabash. Intersection of U.S. 24 and S.R. 9. Includes Chief Richardville’s (Pishewa’s) house built in 1834 and his portrait. historicforks.org

Marion:

Mississinewa Battlefield Society. 402 South Washington Street, Suite 509, PO Box 1812, 46953 (800) 822-1812. mississinewa1812.com

Pigeon Roost Massacre Monument:

North of Louisville, KY, East of U.S. 31, seven miles south of Scottsburg, IN.  Picnic shelter.  Free.

Rochester:

Fulton Co. Historical Society Museum. 37 E. Co. Rd. 375 N., 46975. Just off N. U.S. 31. William Polke’s house, information about the 1838 Potawatomi “Trail of Death.” (219) 223-4436. fultoncountyhistory.org

Vernon:

Town where the author was born and reared. Entire town on the National Register of Historical Places. Founded in 1815 by John Vawter, the U.S. marshal who inspected mission stations. (812) 346-8989.

Vincennes:

Fort Knox II. Three miles above Vincennes on Fort Knox Rd. Stockade line of the fort where Harrison mustered his troops before the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe. Open year-round; interpretive signs. Annual re-enactment of Muster on the Wabash. Picnic & restroom facilities. (812) 882-7422. Search on "Forts of Vincennes, Indiana"

Grouseland. 3 W. Scott St., 47591. William Henry Harrison’s mansion in front of which he held his famous confrontation with the great Shawnee Chief Tecumseh in 1810. (812) 882-2096.  grouselandfoundation.org


KANSAS

Franklin County:

Ottawa Indian Cemetery. No directions available. Graves of John “Tecumseh” Jones and Jotham Meeker.

Leavenworth:

Fort Leavenworth Living History. (913) 684-3191. Search on "Fort Leavenworth Living History"

Topeka:

Burnett’s Mound. At 32nd  and Gage, just off of I-70. Named after Abraham Burnett, the Potawatomi boy who sat as interpreter in councils of chiefs.

Kansas State Historical Society. 6425 SW Sixth Ave., 66615. Repository of Isaac McCoy Letters and Papers.  (785) 272-8681.  kshs.org

Ottawa:

Ottawa University.  John “Tecumseh” Jones, student of Isaac McCoy, was instrumental in its founding.  ottawa.edu


KENTUCKY

Louisville:

Pioneer Cemetery (formerly the Western Cemetery), on Jefferson St. between 15th and 18th. It’s where Isaac McCoy is buried. His grave cannot be located.


MICHIGAN-INDIANA State Line

Cass County, Michigan / Elkhart, County, Indiana:

Christiana Creek, named by Isaac McCoy after his wife.
 

MICHIGAN

Barry County:

Chief Noonday’s statue and his grave. Google Chief Noonday Statue.

Grand Rapids: 

Site of Thomas Mission Station, on the west bank of the Grand River, south of the Bridge Street Bridge.

Niles: 

Carey Mission Marker, at the intersection of Niles Buchanan Road and Philip Road.


MISSOURI

Kansas City:

Christiana McCoy original portrait.  John Wornall House Museum, 6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City, 64113.  (816) 444-1858.

Union Cemetery, graves of John Calvin McCoy and Johnston Lykins.

Westport, Pioneer Park, Westport and Broadway. Statues of John C. McCoy and two other men.


NORTH DAKOTA

Washburn:

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, 38 miles north of Bismarck. Besides exhibits pertaining to William Clark, who figures prominently in the McCoy book, features a dugout canoe similar to the 40-ft. pirogue Isaac and men hand-hewed from a cottonwood tree to cross the Elkhart River in Indiana. At the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and N.D.  Highway 200A. 2576 8th Street SW, (877) 462-8535. Search on "The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center."


OHIO

Rockford:

Shane’s Crossing. Anthony Shane’s log home has been moved to Shane’s Park at Rockford. Photos of cabin reconstruction.  (419) 363-2998. shane’scrossinghistorical.org


OKLAHOMA

Fort Gibson:

907 North Garrison, P.O. Box 457; 74434. This fort was the end destination of the Trail of Tears. The reconstructed fort is a National Historic Landmark. (918) 478-4088. ok-history.org/sites/fortgibson


TENNESSEE

Nashville:

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson.  4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage, TN 37076(615) 889-2941. thehermitage.com


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