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Tippecanoe Battlefield

Lafayette, Indiana
County of Tippecanoe.
7 miles northeast of Lafayette on Indiana Route 225
National Register Number: 66000013
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Defense - battle site. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: IN-4 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: County Park.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 9, 1960):
In response to the efforts of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh and his brother, The Prophet, to unite the Indian Nations of the Northwest and Southwest Territories to resist American expansion, Governor of the Indiana Territory William Henry Harrison led a force of about 1,000 men to the Shawnee settlement at the Great Clearing, where Tippecanoe Creek flows into the Wabash. On November 7, 1811, Harrison's army defeated the Shawnee led by The Prophet and sacked their village, in the process destroying all hope that Tecumseh had for an Indian confederacy. The American victory here was also an important cause of the the second war with Britain (1812-1815).

The fence around the property continues to deteriorate due to peeling paint and exposure to the elements. While the opening of the Prophetstown State Park has brought more visitation to the area, there are some concerns with development in the area. IN-43 is being widened from two lanes to 4 or 5 lanes from the intersection with I-65 North. This could lead to an increase in business development and population around the battlefield.

The monument was cleaned and caulked in Fall 2005 by a restoration company and several cracks found in the stone were sealed.

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