Go west on 215th Street for about 10 miles, to Spring Hill, then turn south (left) on Highway 169 (also known as Kansas 7). Continue on 169 for several miles and turn west (right) on Baptiste Drive exit. Go on Baptiste Drive for ¾ mile (several blocks). Turn south (left) on N Pearl Street. Go about 7 blocks on Pearl Street and you will come to the Paola town square with a fountain at your left. Park on Pearl Street or turn on Peoria Street to park. The Trail of Death marker is located north of the fountain near the sidewalk in the park. The Swan River Museum (Miami County Historical Society) is a block west on Peoria Street, address is 12 East Peoria Street. It has special exhibits about the archaeological dig at St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park, the original Sugar Creek Mission.
Saturday 3rd Nov. [Traveled 12 miles from near Stillwell to Paola, Kansas.]
At an early hour we left our encampment at Oak Grove (actually near Stillwell, Kansas) and traveled until 2 oclock, when we reached a settlement of Wea Indians on Bull Creek and camped adjoining Bulltown (now called Paola), Kansas. Our journey was pleasant and was marked by the anxiety of the Indians to push forward and see their friends. During the evening an attempt was made to enroll the Indians, but not very successfully. They did not seem to (or would not) understand or appreciate the object. Late in the evening several of the chiefs came to Head Quarters and requested to remain in camp tomorrow. But the journey being so nearly completed, and the scarcity of forage and provisions induced the conductor to deny their request and insist upon traveling.
Paola, Kansas - Park Square GPS N-3834342 W-9452693.
Located in the Park Square on Pearl Street near the sidewalk leading to the fountain, northeast of the fountain. Erected 1995 by Miami County Historical Society. Bernice Stephenson headed the project committee. Paola was called Bulltown in the 1838 diary. (Photo by Larry Prichard, Lynn, Indiana, on Trail of Death Commemorative Caravan, 2003.)
Go west on 215th Street for about 10 miles, going on south edge of Spring Hill, then turn south (left) on Highway 169 (also known as Kansas 7). Continue on 169 for several miles and turn west (right) on Baptiste Drive exit, going into Paola.
Spring Hill is planning to erect a marker or move the one at Stillwell. It is still being worked on.
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