The Bad River
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member frankhj
N 46° 36.711 W 090° 41.703
15T E 676497 N 5164612
Quick Description: The Bad River Marker on Hwy 2 in Odanah. The official marker list dated October 2010 lists it as [Marker Removed – Language Obsolete]
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 8/5/2009 10:05:10 AM
Waymark Code: WM6YBV
Views: 7

Long Description:
The Mauvaise (Bad) River was so named by the French due to the difficulties of its navigation. The Indians called it Mushkeezeebi or Marsh River. In 1845 the Rev. L. H. Wheeler, Protestant missionary at La Pointe, planned an agricultural settlement near the mouth of the Bad River where Indians for many years made their gardens. He named the settlement "Odanah", a Chippewa word meaning "village". About 1850 a determined effort was begun to compel the Indians to move west of the Mississippi. Mr. Wheeler visited the lands to which it was proposed the Lake Superior Chippewa should go. He returned with the conviction it would be a deed of mercy on the part of the government to shoot the Indians rather than send them to the new region. In July 1853 Mrs. Wheeler wrote her parents: "They (the Chippewa) are fully determined not to go. They have lived two years without their payments, and find they do not starve or freeze". Mr. Wheeler's pleadings were not in vain. The government resumed the payments and his ideas of justice toward the Chippewa were substantially embodied in a treaty make with them in 1854 providing for them three reservations at Odanah, at Lac Court Oreilles and at Lac du Flambeau.
County: Ashland

Location: Other

MarkerID: 70

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