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The Potawatomi Trail of Death recognizes the forced removal of the Potawatomi Indians from north central Indiana to eastern Kansas in the fall of 1838. The trail begins at the statue of Chief Menominee south of Plymouth, Indiana, extends east to west on Old Highway 24 running through Brunswick, Missouri, and ends at the St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park south of Osawatomie, Kansas.

The Potawatomi Trail of Death Association visualizes the trail as “a catalyst for renewal, a spiritual journey for American Indians and non-Indians who wish to travel its route and share in the feelings, reaching out to understand and appreciate the culture and value of the first Americans. This event, called the Hoosier Holocaust, took a terrible toll on the elders and the babies who died and were buried in unmarked graves along the trail. This trek can be a handhold in climbing the wall of human enlightenment. It can help prevent anything like this from happening again. It can help the public to realize what was done to the American Indians, what the true history is.”

Missouri declared the Potawatomi Trail of Death a regional historic trail in 1996, following Indiana, Illinois, and Kansas. Throughout the state along Old Highway 24, Trail of Death markers have been located at campsites set up a one-day walk apart, every 15 to 20 miles.

In Brunswick, the Potawatomi Trail of Death marker was erected by Cub Scout Pack 152 in 1999 at the Grand River Access, one block south of the downtown commercial district. Given flooding at the river access, local mason Roger White raised the marker with bricks in 2010 to place it above flood level.

Grand River Access
S. Polk Street at Highway 24
Brunswick, MO 65236

Trail of Death

“Monday 22nd October  –  At 2 o’clock we reached Grand River, preparations for the ferriage of which had before been made, and immediately commenced its crossing. By dark all the Indians and many of the wagons were over. The remainder will cross in the morning early and by 12 we hope to be able to continue our journey.”

Brunswick, MO | Potawatomi Trail of Death Marker