The birth place of Chief Waubonsie, of the Pottowatomie tribe is unknown. Some think he was born in western
Waubonsie and other chiefs negotiated a treaty which ceded their land in
Waubonsie was well known for his peaceful ways and often helped early white settlers by detaining the blood-thirsty Saux and Fox tribes when he learned of their plans to attack. By the time he released them the settlers had packed up their belongings and moved to the safety of
Chief Waubonsie was known in
Waubonsie and other Indian chiefs signed a treaty on July 22, 1814 to end the war with each other. He was the first one to take hold of the hatchet handle signifying that they were burying the hatchet with their old enemies. He was one of the chiefs who negotiated the Treaty of the
During the wild celebration that followed, Waubonsie was accidentally stabbed by a warrior who fled in fright. After his wounds healed he invited the warrior to return, saying “A man who runs off like a dog with his tail down, for fear of death, is not worth killing.”
In 1829, the federal government informed the Indian tribes in western
In 1837 all Indians were rounded up and sent to
In June of 1843, Waubonsie was present at a great assemblage of tribes in the
In 1845, Waubonsie made his final trip to
The Good Roads Convention, established in 1911, brought about a movement to improve
During 1911, daily newspapers were flooded with articles and pictures showing the improvements and reporting on future changes to the
Bad roads meant economic loss to farmers due to frequent inability to get their products to market. But even with obvious hardships, there was much negative reaction to the Good Roads Movement. This was due to distrust caused by giving less power to the townships trustees. The county board of supervisors were given more responsibility for the upkeep of roads. Also the road taxes were too be paid in money instead of labor as in previous years, Heated state legislative arguments went for several years.
In 1904 legislation was enacted to improve the road administration with the establishment of the State Highway Commission at
The following is a list of towns and villages in
Acasto*, Allerton, Ashland*, Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Cantril, Centerville, Chalo*, Charleston, Clarinda, Conway, Corydon, Council Bluffs, Davis City, Donnelson, Farmington, Glenwood, Gravity, Harvard, Highpoint, Jerome, Kellerton, Keokuk, Knox*, Lamoni, Leon, Lewisberg, Milton, Moulton, Mount Ayr, Mount Clara*, Mount Sterling, New Boston, New
The Waubonsie Trail Association was organized to promote the improvement of a continuous highway across
There were no numbered roads in
The Hart-Parr Tractor Company began advertising their tractors with claims that any road machinery operated by their tractor will do more work in one day than can be done in two days where horses were used. The tractors use cheap kerosene and can be operated by one man and costs nothing while setting idle. An old calendar has an advertisement and picture that describes the 1930 Hart-Parr tractor with a whole new design, including an upright rather than horizontal engine. This was the result of the Oliver and Hart-Parr merger of 1939. This model “A” was the 80th one built. Later these were called the 28/44, then it became the Oliver 90 in 1937 and the Hart-Parr was dropped. Standard tread models could be equipped with any one of nine choices of rear wheel lugs.
At the height of interest in the Waubonsie Trail, a short description of towns were given. The following was the information given about
Three railroads pass through the city along with an electric street railway and interurban system. It boast town newly equipped garages and one good auto supply company. It was two good first class hotels and the best diner of all the night stops on the trail.
An “Official Inspection Car” was used to drive across
Researching the material for the history of the Waubonsie Trail has been rather frustrating since little information was available. A search on the internet did produce some interesting items. I did discover that there is a Waubonsie Trail in Cantril and a Lewis and Clark Trail at