Site of treaty signings in Huntington County

If you like local history, I would suggest visiting the Historic Forks of the Wabash Museum Park in Huntington County. It is at the intersection of State Road 9 and U.S. Highway 24 near Huntington. The photo shows a plaque affixed to a rock. It was on these grounds the historic Treaty at the Forks of the Wabash was signed in 1838. Miami tribe council meetings were held here and also treaty negotiations. Not seen in the photo is a house believed to have been used by Miami chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville for treaty negotiations. Native American history is not so easy to find. A limited amount is available for various reasons. We do know for sure the Miami tribe inhabited this area. In addition to what I have stated here, there are also remnants of the Wabash and Erie Canal nearby. There are other historic buildings and if you head a little east on U.S. 24 you can see more canal remnants as well as remnants of an electric railway that came through the area. It’s worth a trip to Huntington County. You can also walk around the park and enjoy the surroundings.

Wabash Canal and Interurban Remnants-Huntington County 009

Historic marker in Huntington County.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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