Posted by: Gosffo
N 40° 50.311 W 075° 40.547
18T E 443026 N 4521050
Quick Description: Walk, don't run!
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 10/9/2006 5:00:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMTPN
On Sept. 20, 1737, the two surviving walkers used an Indian path from present-day Northampton to "Pokopoghcunk" Indian Town (now Parryville), then continued by compass. Late in the morning, Yeates became exhausted, leaving Marshall to go on alone.
Twenty years after Wiliam Penn's death, his sons and agents needed more land for the many settlers entering the area. The agent claimed they had a deed dating to the 1680's between William Penn and the Lenape-Delawares. The Indians had promised to sell land "as far as a man could walk in a day and a half." Chief Lappawinsoe, believing the treaty genuine and assuming a man could only walk 40 miles, agreed to the WALK! The Provinical Secretary James Logan planned well and hired 3 men, Edward Marshall, Solomon Jennings and James Yeates to run!
Seventy miles, in a day and a half, netted the Penns 1,200,000 acres and lost them the respect of the Indians."
Marker Name: Walking Purchase
Date Dedicated: 05/25/1971
Marker Type: Roadside
Location: U.S. 209, 1.5 miles E of Weissport
Category: Government & Politics, Native American, Government & Politics 18th Century
Website: [Web Link]
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