Our local history dates prior to the arrival of white settlers. We know Native Americans lived in the area. Several relics such as arrowheads and more have been found scattered throughout the area. We also know the Miami tribe lived near what is now Lake Wawasee in Kosciusko County. Native Americans were sometimes nomadic and didn’t stay in the same place very long. They followed their food sources and lived near bodies of water. Chief Flat Belly, a very large man according to historical accounts, lived in the area near Lake Wawasee. At least at one time, his village was located in the area shown in the photo, which is the intersection of County Road 1000 North and State Road 13, south of Syracuse. This can be determined, for example, through copies of surveying notes. Surveyors were in the area in the 1830s and often made notes of what they saw, including Native American villages or encampments. Flat Belly owned a large amount of land around Lake Wawasee and led his people from 1820 to 1837. The U.S. government built him a brick house in the late 1820s in Noble County. I don’t believe it is known for sure how long Chief Flat Belly lived in the area shown in the photo.