The Grave of Simon Onanguisse Kahquados

 © Photographed September 20, 2015
Peninsula State Park
Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin
45.148235,-87.188422 (marker location)
45.149926,-87.190536 (parking lot to access the marker)

This Stone Marks the grave of
Head Chief of the Potawatomi Indians
He was the last descendant
of a line of Chiefs who ruled over the Door County Peninsula
for many centuries.
He was born May 18, 1851, and died Nov. 27, 1930.
A true and worthy Indian.
This Memorial has been erected by the Door County Historical Society

The Grave of Simon Onanguisse Kahquados is located on the golf course at Peninsula State Park, located at

This is an active golf course. To access the marker you will need permission of the Peninsula State Park Golf Course.

Fabulous article, includes photos of Chief Kahquados and the unveiling of this marker at his funeral on Memorial Day, 1931. The funeral was attended by over 15,000 people.

OCLC WorldCat: Simon Onanguisse Kahquados (1931)
Footage of the ceremony of reburial for Simon Onanguisse Kahquados (May 18, 1851-Nov. 30, 1930), an Indian chief of the Potawatomi tribe. The ceremony took place at Peninsula State Park in Ephraim, Wis., on May 30, 1931, and was led by Rev. H. O. Strauch, an Indian missionary. Includes footage of the site, cars, the crowd gathering, members of the tribe bearing a coffin and covering the grave, the unveiling of a monument by James Wampum, dancing and drumming, and the presentation of a wreath on behalf of Door County and the State of Wisconsin by WIlliam Mauthe of the State Conservation Commission.

Peninsula State Park Golf Course

See also, Peninsula State Park Potawatomi Totem Pole, also at this location.

 The Grave of Simon Onanguisse Kahquados is a few steps from this
totem pole erected in 1927, honoring the Potawatomi as the early inhabitants
of Door County. Chief Kahquados presided over the two-day long event
which included ceremonial singing, dancing, a bonfire, and athletic events.

© Screenshot of vintage postcard
Potawatomi Indians, Peninsula State Park, Door County, Wisconsin
NOTE: Do not know if this is at the burial of Chief Simon Onanguisse Kahquados,
or the dedication of the Peninsula State Park Potawatomi Totem Pole.

Zoom-in view of the totem pole
and the Chief's burial site from Shore Road.

It's very easy to miss the totem pole, if you don't know it's there.

 The entrance to the golf course where Simon Onanguisse Kahquados is buried.

Simon Onanguisse Kahquados is buried at Peninsula State Park
in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.

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