The Wea Plains

The Wea Plains (HMNCB)

Location: Lafayette, IN 47909 Tippecanoe County
Country: United States of America
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N 40° 24.365', W 87° 1.531'

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Granville cemetery was once part of the great Wea Plains and still contains many species of the original prairie vegetation. This is one of the last remnants of the Indiana prairies that covered much of Tippecanoe County. It is preserved and managed as a memorial to the Indians and early settlers to who these grasses and flowers were once familiar.
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HM NumberHMNCB
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Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceCemetery
Marker TypeMemorial
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByWayne Township, Tippecanoe County Historical Association
Marker Condition
1 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 7:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 497834 N 4472830
Decimal Degrees40.40608333, -87.02551667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 24.365', W 87° 1.531'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 24' 21.9000" N, 87° 1' 31.8600" W
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Area Code(s)765
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6435-6535 W 75 S, Lafayette IN 47909, US
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This marker was purchased by Dr. Robert Betz when he discovered this cemetery prairie. In the last few years, the current landowner has begun mowing the tallgrass prairie that this marker is meant to mark. According to Indiana DNR, there was some bad press over the condition of this cemetery and they were asked to stop the prescribed fire. Indiana DNR is not the owner of the cemetery unlike most Illinois cemetery prairies. Fire and management is necessary in a postage stamp sized prairie like this. Unfortunately this prairie will likely be lost unless the current landowner can be convinced to resume managing it as a tallgrass prairie like ones the settlers who are buried here knew. This was likely a significant percentage of remnant prairie remaining in northern Indiana. Very unfortunate.

Aug 7, 2019 at 9:35am PDT by blingy

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