First timer? In this (hopefully) once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.
Dan – Wow. Really cruising now, with five, count ‘em, five USers in a row. Today’s is . . . IN; 15/21; 6; 4; 157.0.
As you’ll see in my landing map, I practically landed in Cicero Creek; on to the White R (7th hit, and this is one of 9 “White River” watersheds in which I’ve landed); on to the Wabash (20th hit); on to the Ohio (109th hit); on to the MM (690th hit).
Here’s my landing map:
Here’ a broader view, showing my landing in central IN (N40/W86). Notice the dearth of landings in the southern part of IN; thus IN is quite US . . .
So, you can see I landed just outside of Tipton (pop 5400). From the Tipton County website:
John Tipton, for whom Tipton County and its county seat were named, was born in eastern Tennessee in 1786. In 1807 he migrated with his family across Kentucky and settled in what is now Harrison County, Indiana, near the Ohio River.
In 1809, John became an ensign in a militia company of mounted riflemen known as “Yellow Jackets”. He served under General Harrison’s command and participated in the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811. Immediately after the Yellow Jacket victory, Ensign Tipton became a Captain and later a Brigadier General.
Five years after his death in 1839, Tipton County was organized and so named to honor him. In 1847, the name of the county seat also became Tipton in his honor.
So, John and his Yellow Jackets were part of the famous Battle of Tippecanoe. I know nothing about this battle. Well, here’s some info from Wiki:
The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought on November 7, 1811, between United States forces led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and forces of Tecumseh’s growing American Indian confederation led by his brother, Tenskwatawa. In response to rising tensions with the tribes and threats of war, an American force of militia and regulars set out to launch a preemptive strike on the headquarters of the confederacy. The battle took place outside Prophetstown, at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers.
Although the Americans were victorious both tactically (as they held their ground and Prophetstown was destroyed the next morning) and strategically (Tecumseh’s confederacy never recovered), the win was costly as the tribes attacked with fewer men and sustained fewer casualties. The battle was the culmination of rising tensions in a period sometimes called Tecumseh’s War, which continued until Tecumseh’s death in 1813. In addition to serving as an important political and symbolic victory for the American forces, Tippecanoe dealt a devastating blow to Tecumseh’s confederacy, which never regained its former strength. Public opinion in the United States blamed the Native American uprising on British interference and helped catalyze the War of 1812, which broke out only six months later.
FYI, I’ve landed only once in the Tippecanoe R watershed. Also, the Tippecanoe flows into the Wabash just NE of Lafayette IN. There’s a little town there called “Battle Ground.”
Here’s a close-up of the town of Battle Ground and surrounding land (which is about 45 miles from my landing). I guess that the actual battlefield was at the confluence of the two rivers. The NE-SW trending river is the Wabash; the Tippecanoe flows into the Wabash from the north (near the intersection of Sugar Ck Road & Rt 25).
Back to Tipton. The big annual event in Tipton is the Tipton County Pork Festival:
The menu’s a bit limited, but you can bet it’s good (as long as you like pork):
Hmmmm . . . I wonder if the sandwiches are pork sandwiches?
Here’s a shot of the incredibly-impressive Tipton County Courthouse:
I’ll close with this shot of where I’d stop for lunch & a fill-up when I’m in Tipton:
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