Indian Monument


Stock #: 212325
Type: Postcard
Era: Linen
City: Painted Post
State: New York (NY)
County: Steuben
Publisher: Tillman's Drug Store
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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PAINTED POST was named from the face that the first white people penetrating this wilderness, found a post standing about 8 feet high, which was claimed to be the resting place of Chief Montour, a son of Catherine Montour, who was wounded at the time of the battle of Fort Freeland. The post was painted in bright colors--no doubt the paint stones being used, as well as the juices of the wild berry. When this wooded post rotted, a tin Indian was put in its place, and later, 1894, a substantial granite monument, which will commemorate for ages the resting place of the great Seneca Indian Chief. Early indications showed that Painted Post was a council meeting place of the six nations. The land all through this locality yielded valuable relics--the finest collection in this part of the state being that of the late FrancisErwin, granson of the founder of the town. Painted Post was first mentioned in history in 1791 in a letter from Gen. Knox to President Washington

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