St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park
St. Philippine Duchesne Historical and Memorial Park near Centerville, Kansas was the location of St. Mary’s Mission, which was also known as Sugar Creek Mission. It was established in 1838 by the United States government as a destination for the forced moving of nearly 900 Potawatomi Indians from Michigan & northern Indiana on a march known as “The Trail of Death.” The 660 mile walk took 2 months and more than 40 died, mostly children. The party joined other Potawatomi from the Great Lakes region. Over 600 died during the 10 years of Sugar Creek Mission’s existence and they are buried at the mission.