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post #6361 of 9418
WooooooWWWW. Yes I sure did pick my room! See the front upstairs one with that delightful (southern accent here please) balcony? THAT ROOM IS MINE. Then I can live upstairs with the leaves. Can't see too well, but that orange color should mean an Elm in the Fall ! Big, leafy trees YAY! What a great place. Come back and get me in 2-3 days, k?
post #6362 of 9418
As long as I can see the trees I don't mind which one I have. It looks like there's an attic room - that would be fine by me!
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I don't know where to take you first. I think maybe we will start with just a little history. Greater Lafayette population is about 150,000. The first known settlement around here is the Fort:

Fort Ouiatenon was the first fortified European settlement in what is now Indiana. It was established by the French in 1717 at a site five miles southwest of Lafayette as a military outpost to prevent British expansion into the Ohio and Wabash country.
As buffalo, beaver, and other fur-bearing animals were abundant in the area, the fort served as a trading post and stopping point for the voyageurs from Quebec. Further, the French were interested in converting the "pagan" Natives to Catholicism. Thus, Ouiatenon's establishment was based on defensive strategy, the quest for wealth, and missionary zeal.
The French selected the site in part because just across the Wabash River was a large Wea Indian village. The Weas were a part of the Miami tribes who had settled in five villages on the banks of the Wabash below the mouth of the Tippecanoe River. Their location was the gateway to the western prairies for various other tribes including the Kickapoos, Mascoutens, Sauk, and Fox. The Weas had been quick to establish trade relations with the French so the riches of the prairies and the forests flowed easily from Ouiatenon to Quebec and to France.
Between 1720 and 1760 the settlement at Ouiatenon prospered and grew. French voyageurs annually descended the Wabash to trade their goods for furs trapped by the Native people. Some remained there to establish homes.
An early visitor describes Fort Ouiatenon as "the finest palisaded fort in the upper country, consisting of a stockade and a double row of houses." Within the stockade, in addition to the double row of ten houses, were a chapel, a blacksmith's shop, and trading areas. Around the walls of the fort were as many as 90 houses of French, Natives, and mix-bloods. At its height there may have been as many as 2,000 to 3,000 inhabitants in the general area.
Among those inhabitants was Anthony Foucher, born at Ouiatenon in 1741, who became the first priest born in the present state of Natives. At Ouiatenon in these years there was generally harmony between the white and red men. The French regularly presented gifts to the Natives to insure their loyalty, and the Natives in turn brought their pelts only to the French.
This generally tranquil era continued until the French and Indian War (1754-63). The French lost all of their North American lands to England as a result of this war, including Ouiatenon which was taken for Britain by Lieutenant Edward Jenkins and a garrison of troops from Detroit in 1761.
Although Jenkins and his men maintained amicable relations with the Natives, the tribes in the Great Lakes region and the Wabash country resented the growing numbers of white men moving west. It rankled them that the British did not continue the French custom of presenting gifts annually and that British traders were demanding higher prices for goods.
In early 1763 the Ottawa Chief Pontiac set out to drive the Europeans back behind the Appalachian Mountains. His confederation of tribes attacked 12 frontier posts and successfully captured eight of them, including Ouiatenon, which fell without a shot on June 1, 1763, when a group of braves simply walked in and took Lieutenant Jenkins and his few men as prisoners. Thanks to the intervention of two French fur traders who lived at the post, Jenkins and his men were not killed but were later released in an exchange of prisoners at Detroit.
"Pontiac's Uprising" came to an end as a result of a meeting at Fort Ouiatenon. Colonel George Croghan, deputy supervisor of Natives affairs for the English colonies of America, was captured by Natives and brought to Ouiatenon. He met with Pontiac in the late summer of 1765 where he suggested that the Indians and whites sign a peace treaty to end the stalemated uprising.
After "Pontiac's Uprising", Ouiatenon was not regarrisoned. It remained a small French trading and trapping settlement as well as a large Natives community. In 1778 just 12 households remained at the post although the nearby Wea village was believed by the British Governor of Vincennes to have 1,000 braves capable of bearing arms.
A British agent occupied the post briefly to spy on the Americans in 1778. He abandoned the fort to George Rogers Clark's men, under the command of Captain Leonard Helm. Helm got pledges of loyalty to the American cause from the residents and then rejoined Clark at Vincennes.
The next visitor was British Lieutenant Governor Henry Hamilton who in 1778 was enroute from Detroit with plans to recapture Vincennes from Clark and the Americans. He described the fort as "a miserable stockade surrounding a dozen miserable cabins, called houses. The Natives hereabouts are numerous, there appear 96 of their cabins, which allowing five men to a house make the number 480." Hamilton scolded the occupants for turning to the Americans and made further preparations for his attack on Vincennes. Scarcely three months later Hamilton was captured by Clark in one of the more surprising British defeats of the Revolutionary War.
For a while after the Revolution, Fort Ouiatenon remained a settlement for a small number of French inhabitants and was a popular meeting place for local tribes. The Natives, however, realizing that the flow of white settlers from the east would not halt, began to use Ouiatenon as a staging ground for raids on Kentucky settlers. In 1786 the Ouiatenon inhabitants were forced to evacuate the post for fear of their lives.
Finally, in 1791, President George Washington ordered the destruction of the Wabash Native villages. This command was carried out by General Charles Scott who burned all crops and houses, bringing the era of Ouiatenon to an end.
Ouiatenon lay in ruins when white settlement began to grow in its neighborhood in the 1820s. Its existence was slowly forgotten until even its exact location was no longer known.
Here is a picture of it.

post #6364 of 9418
Sorry. That was a little long. Every October we have a festival at the Fort and it's very popular. Here are some pictures. Several people participate in dressing up and reenacting history.

Yes George, you can dress up as a French trader. Who's kitty wants to be an Indian Princess?

post #6365 of 9418
OMG CHris. Is there a quiz later!?
post #6366 of 9418
Yes there is!

I hit paste and I thought, OMG there's enough reading there to keep you busy for the rest of the entire vacation! Sorry again guys!
post #6367 of 9418
Originally Posted by sashacat421
OMG CHris. Is there a quiz later!?
post #6368 of 9418
Rita wanted to see Lafayette, too. I think I will try to get in touch with her.
post #6369 of 9418
Well folks - sorry to be a party-pooper but this girl's turning in . Gotta get some sleep so I can be up bright and early to earn mice for the kits tomorrow.

FLAT Cats - be good for Auntie Chris - don't go causing havoc at the Fort. Mummy will see you in the morning.

Chris You've been a fantastic host and I got to go to the Brickyard . I'll catch up with the rest of Lafayette in the morning.

Night everyone
post #6370 of 9418
Night Beth!!! Thanks for joining us today!
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Hey, is that Fran???

(for some reason I thought she was shorter)

Hey Fran - Is that your "salt mine" outfit?

(Geezz... I hope that's Fran )
post #6372 of 9418
I think Fran looks cute!
post #6373 of 9418
Chris, I don't mind a bit of history.

Good night, Beth!
post #6374 of 9418
Sorry I'm a bit behind, I was stuck back there reading, Chris!
Good night, Beth!
post #6375 of 9418
Sierra's ready for her midevening snack, Chris, where shall we go?
post #6376 of 9418
Poor Fran isn't around to confirm that it's her or not

Here's our Historical Museum in an old house. This is the back of the house. Some people have weddings there.

post #6377 of 9418
Hi Steph! Thanks for dropping in. Fran left the site so we can only ASSUME that was her in the historical outfit.

We're hopping the trolley downtown. Here is our courthouse at night:

I work right across the courthouse downtown.
post #6378 of 9418
Originally Posted by captiva

Here's our Historical Museum in an old house. This is the back of the house. Some people have weddings there.
Interesting. Getting married in a museum.
post #6379 of 9418
Now I'm going to show you my messy office Believe me it's been worse. I cleaned it up just for you guys.

Here's the cat shrine on top of the bookcase. I still don't have a Megan pic there.

post #6380 of 9418
Sorry about that - I will try to resize
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post #6382 of 9418
Ooops now I went too far the other way.
post #6383 of 9418
Most of our downtown area is composed of banking and lawyers offices but we do have some festivals Here are pictures of the Taste of Tippecanoe. Music, beer and lots of booths set up by the local restaurants to try.

post #6384 of 9418
Uh oh... Better keep an eye on our babies. Might lose them in the crowd.
post #6385 of 9418
Yeah, especially if they start drinking
post #6386 of 9418
Chris, I really do like the history! Do not get me wrong, I really do. I majored in History! I was just giving you a bad time cuz this group is such a party girl group, ha ha!
post #6387 of 9418
If you are into history, did you see Fran a couple of pages back?
post #6388 of 9418
YES I DID!!!! LOL!!! Frannie! Does she know?
post #6389 of 9418
Don't think so
post #6390 of 9418
Wait a minute! I mean, "Yes, I hope so! She was the one in costume!"
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