William Polke House

William Polke House (HMNMC)

Location: Rochester, IN 46975 Fulton County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 6.522', W 86° 14.468'

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Built in 1834 by William Polke, first white settler in Fulton County, this is the oldest and first frame house in the county and the first frame house built north of Wabash River. It was called the White House and was a stagecoach inn on the Michigan Road.

Born in 1775, Polke was captured when 7 years old and held prisoner by Indians for over a year. He was wounded in Battle of Tippecanoe 1811, served in Indiana Territorial House of Representatives and in first State Senate, member of convention that wrote first Indiana constitution 1816, and with brother-in-law Isaac McCoy was missionary to Indians 1824-25.

In 1829 Polke was appointed commissioner for sale of Michigan Road lands, coming to Fulton County in 1830 to survey. In 1831 on south bank of Tippecanoe, Polke built a log cabin and trading post, in which was Chippeway post office, making him first postmaster in county. In 1834 Polke helped lay out the town of Plymouth.

In 1838 Gen. John Tipton had charge of removing Potawatomi Indians from northern Indiana to Kansas, the infamous Trail of Death. At the Indiana state line, Tipton left Polke in charge of the march. Polke befriended the Indians in every way he could.

Polke moved to Fort Wayne in 1841 to be registrar of land office there, where he died in 1843.
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HM NumberHMNMC
Series This marker is part of the Potawatomi - Trail of Death series
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Year Placed1976
Placed ByPolke's Descendents, Fulton County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 2:10am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 563717 N 4551101
Decimal Degrees41.10870000, -86.24113333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 6.522', W 86° 14.468'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 6' 31.32" N, 86° 14' 28.08" W
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Area Code(s)574
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3612-3678 N Meridian Rd, Rochester IN 46975, US
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