battle ground & prophetstown, indiana
Posted on 7.2.2012
had the opportunity to revisit these two rural indiana villages yesterday on the way to a campground. my brother decided we should take the more scenic, back roads route (love my family) – which led us through these two low-key but historically important sites. they are both close to where i attended college, purdue university, but must admit that the history of this area was lost on me at the time. battle ground is a more traditional small indiana crossroads town – features a tiny residential community and a few businesses. prophetstown, on the other hand, is less a village and more an area light on residents and heavy on spiritual presence. which is fitting – given the history. prophetstown is where the tippecanoe and wabash rivers meet…sight of the beautiful blue bridge with gorgeous views below. it is also where a major alliance of native american tribes converged in the early 1800’s in order to form a resistance against settlers. a battle with significance in both native american history as well as american/british history – the ‘battle of tippecanoe’ ensued on this site. (see ‘battle of tippecanoe’). this led me to also further research ‘the prophet’, as he was known – his personal history is fascinating in many ways. (see ‘Tenskwatawa‘.) i am perpetually amazed by how many lessons for modern day life can be extrapolated from historical events (maybe why i was an art history major)… and also by how so very many mistakes are repeated over and over.