In the early morning of November 7, 1811, a force of 600-700 Indians made up of a confederation of the Potawatomi, Shawnee, Kickapoo, Delaware, Winnebago, Wea, and Wyandotte tribes under the direction of Tenskwatawa, the Shawnee Prophet, attacked an encampment of more than 900 United States regulars, militia, and volunteers under the command of territorial governor, William Henry Harrison. Even though the majority of the United States troops had no combat experience, the troops repelled the Indians. This battle resulted in the loss of the Prophet’s power within the Indian territory. This was to be the first major conflict between the Indians and the white men in the region since 1794. This fighting brought about General William Henry Harrison’s infamous campaign slogan, “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.”
Tippecanoe County Historical Association
909 South Street
Lafayette , In 47901
Contact: Phil Kwiatkowski
President: Jim Turley
Monon Railroad Historical -Technical Society
PO Box 5303
Lafayette , In 47903-5303
President: John R. Schneider
Shelby Township Historical Association
7537 W Us 52
West Lafayette , In 47906
President: James Howell
Shawnee Historical Association
5501 E 200 N
Lafayette , In 47905
The Wabash River has played a major role in the development of this area. The land along the Wabash River in Tippecanoe County was first settled by Native Americans. The French arrived via the Wabash River in the early 1700s and established a trading post at Ouiatenon. The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is an annual celebration that recreates life in the mid-1700s at Fort Ouiatenon. In the early 1800s, a Native American community consisting of several tribes was established near the river and known as Prophetstown. This eventually led to the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Prophetstown was destroyed and soon many settlers began moving in to the area. One can learn more about the events leading up to the battle in 1811 as well as see the battle field at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and grounds. The annual Indiana Fiddlers Gathering takes place on the grounds as well. Contact the Tippecanoe County Historical Association for more information on Fort Ouiatenon and the battlefield at 765-476-8411.
The town of Battle Ground is also home to Wolf Park, Indiana’s Unique Education and Research Wildlife Park. The park features multiple packs of gray wolves, a herd of bison, red foxes and a coyote. Visitors can learn about wolves and the unique social structure of these predators as well as about their role in the wild. Visit www.wolfpark.org or call 765-567-2265 for more information about the park.
Lastly, come visit historic downtown Lafayette. Enjoy the unique shops and restaurants on Main Street. Take a walk along the river on the Wabash River Heritage Trail. Visit Purdue University and experience the hustle and bustle of campus life or choose to slow down and enjoy life by camping at Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground. Contact the Greater Lafayette Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 800-872-6648 for more information on the community or visit these web sites:
Clegg Botanical Garden Walk
Clegg Botanical Gardens, located near 400E and 200N, is one of the loveliest areas of our county. It is on the banks of the Wildcat Creek and the beautiful wildflowers, ravines and natural surroundings make it a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors. Contact the Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information at 800-872-6648.
Historic Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette
Self-guided architectural tours are available by using a brochure or an audio tour from the Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention & Visitors Bureau to make your stroll through our downtown more enjoyable. The Main Street audio tour and equipment is available from the Visitors Bureau for a minimal deposit, which will be returned after the completion of your tour. It is designed to take about 45 minutes, but you may want to allow time to visit the many interesting shops and eating establishments you will discover. Brochures are also available to tour Mr. Digby’s Lafayette, the original platted area or the Tippecanoe County Courthouse that was built in the mid-1880’s. For more information call 800-872-6648 or 765-447-9999. The Visitors Center is located off of SR 26 E on Frontage Road behind the Cracker Barrel. http://www.homeofpurdue.com/
The Wabash Heritage Trail
Shaded by cottonwoods, sycamores, maples, oaks and other trees, the Wabash Heritage Trail winds for more than 13 miles along Burnett Creek and the Wabash River. But you don’t have to walk it all to enjoy its beauty! Choose from segments of just one-half mile to six-and-a-half miles. And pack a picnic, if you’d like. Trail maps and conditions are available at the Wah-ba-shik-a Nature Center at Tippecanoe Battlefield, call 765-567-2993 or 765-463-2306.