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Terre Haute, the county seat of Vigo County, earned the nickname "The Crossroads of America" due to its extensive rail and road network. The name "Terre Haute" is a French phrase meaning “highland." The name was coined by French explorers of the mid 18th century, who found a plateau-like area that adjoined the Wabash River.
The first American settlement, in what was previously Indian land, was established in 1811, with the construction of Fort Harrison by William Henry Harrison. The region already contained a Wea Indian village called Weautano, a few miles south of Fort Harrison. With the arrival of new settlers, the Wea tribe was forced to leave its land. The orchards and meadows owned by the tribe became the site for the present day Terre Haute, which was made the county seat of the newly formed Vigo County in March 1818. Terre Haute was incorporated as a town in 1832 and as a city in 1853.
Pilot Travel Stop, Terre Haute, Indiana May 2018 (1 of 2)
Pilot Travel Stop, Terre Haute, Indiana May 2018 (2 of 2)
Trip from Terre Haute, Indiana to Richmond, Indiana May 2018 (1 of 2)
Trip from Terre Haute, Indiana to Richmond, Indiana May 2018 (2 of 2)
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