Indian Burial Grounds

Several unmarked Indian burial grounds have been found in Allen County. If you know of more locations or sources of information, please Contact Allen INGenWeb. We also started a page on Indians of Allen County, Indiana. A newspaper article in 23 November 1899 Fort Wayne Daily News describes one location during excavation for Methodist College at the west end of West Wayne Street. Others were near the St. Joseph River such as old Miami town and at Cedarville. For some information see

  1. Location of Indian Burial Grounds in Fort Wayne, Indiana published September 10, 2013 on AmericanIndianHistory blog.
  2. West Central Neighborhood Indian Burial Ground - A small undated map of an Indian Graveyard states this was Once the Site of Immense Indian Graveyard at Fort Wayne, Indiana, West Central Neighborhood Once the Site of Immense Indian Graveyard published February 3, 2016 on Encyclopedia Ancient Giants North America blog,. A discussion of this map was October 23, 2016 on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook. Google Map puts this map location at the same area as the October 4, 2017 story Human remains discovered in Fort Wayne thought to be from burial ground that includes the Press Release from the Allen County Coroner by Linda Jackson and Kayla Crandall published October 4, 2017 by WKJG Fort Wayne's NBC TV station. Fort Wayne's NBC also posted it October 4, 2017 on their Facebook page. I also posted this article to start a discussion October 4, 2017 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. The story Bones found during utility work to be reburied as historical site by Jacob Burbrink, Internet Director published October 4, 2017 on WPTA21 ABC TV station. This article says the discovery has been passed onto Office of Historical Preservation. I assume it will eventually appear on SHAARD, Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database, that collects GPS location data, photographs and more on all cemeteries in the state of Indiana for posting on their web site. The SHAARD Allen County Cemetery List. Unearthed remains returned to graves May be Native American; DNR to mark site by James Duffy published October 5, 2017 and Bones returned to grave: DNR Miami assured proper rules followed by James Duffy published October 7, 2017 in The Journal Gazette newspaper.
  3. July 11, 2018 on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook, a post on the Indian Graveyard photo above and a quote in the comments from page 317 of the 1868 book History of Fort Wayne, from the earliest known accounts of this point, to the present period. the following quote: the Indians having deposited their dead here and there, many bones and skulls were exhumed and removed.
  4. A Halloween Haunted Tour sponsored by ARCH ( Architecture and Community Heritage) usually mentions the West Central graveyard such as ARCH offers Haunted Sites Bus Tours! Fright Site Hikes! More! posted August 28, 2009 on their blog. The 2017 tour is Haunted History Tour – The Darker Side of West Central on October 14.
  5. Little Turtle grave location is shown on the Map of Kekionga - Miami Indian Chief THE GRAVE OF LITTLE TURTLE by J. M. Stouder published September 1912 Volume 8 Issue 3 Indiana Magazine of History. Little Turtle Memorial 0.13 acre memorial located east of Spy Run Avenue at Lawton Place since 1959 by City of Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation. Remembering Little Turtle on History Center Notes & Queries blog. Fort Wayne, Indiana: In search of Little Turtle published November 13, 2012 on Midwest Guest blog. Chief Me-She-Kin-No-Quah Little Turtle on Find A Grave. Little Turtle on Indigenouspeople.net. April 3, 2013 discussion on the original Great Memories and History of Fort Wayne, Indiana page on Facebook.
  6. Mound Builders in Fort Wayne (Allen County) Indiana and Indiana Tourism: Top Ten Native American Indian Burial Mounds and Earthworks in Indiana on MoundBuilder blog has a map and several photos showing locations of Indian Burial Mounds and earthworks.
  7. Prehistoric Allen County Preservationist Fritz Zimmerman documents the area’s ancient earthworks by Michael Summers published February 2, 2012 on Fort Wayne Reader.com.
  8. Miami Chief Richardville burial location was discussed August 8, 2017 as part of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Cathedral Square burial ground on You are positively from Fort Wayne, if you remember... Closed group on Facebook. Local historian Craig Leonard commented that there was a marker in 1936 for his burial location on the southwest corner of the church cathedral grounds, though his marble grave marker is now at the Catholic Cemtery on Lake Avenue. There could be a 1936 newspaper article discussing this.

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