Whetzel Trace


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Erected by:  The Society of Indiana Pioneers 1965  


Located:  Southwest of Laurel on Road 121, Somerset area, Laurel, Indiana


Here Edward Toner founded Somerset, 1816, and operated Toner’s Tavern.  1816-1823 from   which rallying point  pioneers started west on  Jacob Whetzel’s Trace to the “New Purchase" of    Central Indiana.


Another Whetzel Trace Historical Marker located at US 31 at County Road 750N, Greenwood, Indiana Text of sign:  Whetzel Trace.  Jacob Whetzel’s 1818 Trace from Laurel on White Water to White River crossed near here.  Four miles east was the site of his camp on Camp Creek, where in 1822 Daniel Loper erected the first cabin in Clark Township.  A mile west, at the crossing with the Berry Trail, Daniel Loper in 1820 erected the first cabin in Pleasant Township.  Farther west and north were French and Indian settlements, the site of an Indian battle, Town of Far West, and where Abramham Sells became the first permanent settler in White River Township.  Erected by:  The Johnson County Sesquicentennial Committee in 1973.