Marker 73: Chief Waupaca

© Photographed October 16 and 22, 2016
Erected 1957 by Wisconsin Historical Society
Marion, Waupaca County, Wisconsin
44° 36.959′ N, 88° 53.991′ W

Chief Waupaca, better known as Sam Wapuka, was a friendly Potawatomi Indian who lived in this vicinity about the time the first white men arrived. Although he was friendly to the settlers, his tribesmen were bitterly opposed to the invasion of the white man. Once on a trip with several of his warriors, they stopped where the present city of Waupaca is located. His men were eager to massacre the entire small settlement and Waupaca talked long and eloquently to prevent it. He succeeded but when he remounted his pony to continue on his way, he suddenly fell dead from his horse. His companions hurriedly buried him almost where he fell. Later relatives purchased several acres of land, including this site, and brought the body here. His sons Shopodock and Hongkoot, stepson Jake and at least sixteen other relatives are buried here with him.
The marker is located Chief Waupaca County Park on northbound State Highway 110 at its intersection with Schoneck Road, Marion, Wisconsin 54950. 

These markers are also at this location:

 The back part of the park.

 Looking north along Wisconsin Highway 110.

The entrance to the park.

 This rooster (from the farm adjacent to the park)
cock-a-doodle-doed throughout my visit.

Beautiful fall colors directly across the highway.

Fall colors en route to the marker.

Highway signage leading to the marker location.

The marker (visible to the left behind the shrub) is located at
Chief Waupaca Historical Site in Marion, Wisconsin.

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