Where Eddyville is, formerly was a trading post under the management of J. P. Eddy. This post was called "Hardfisher," because it was in the village of Chief Hard Fish.
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Jabish P. Eddy opened a fur trading post in the village of Chief Hard Fish located on the Des Moines River. Eventually, the trading post grew into a town.
You have read the story of two of the greatest chiefs that lived in Iowa. There were many others who were famous that lived, at least for a time, in Iowa. Pashepaho, "the stabber," was a much older chief than either Black Hawk or Keokuk. He had more power than either of them and was a famous fighter. He signed the treaties of the 1824 and 1832 by which the Sac lands were sold to the Government. He died at an old age in Kansas.
Wishecomaque, "Hard Fish," became the chief of Black Hawk's village after a great chief's downfall. His village was in Wapello County, Where Eddyville now is.
Hard Fish - Shawnee-Mingo born about 1740-died after 1778 - raiding Ohio-New River valleys 1758, Pontiac War, Bushy Run, raiding New-Jackson-Greenbrier River valleys 1763, raiding Ohio-Big Sandy-Little Kanawha-New River valleys 1772, Point Pleasant 1774, Boonesboro, husband of Mingo Woman
Chief Hard Fish followed Black Hawk as the leader of the Sac and Fox Indians and was in charge when the Iowa Governor's Council purchased the Sac and Fox land in Iowa in 1842. Hard Fish and his 2000 followers moved upstream to the Red Rocks in Marion county and left their camp to the whites. The camp was located near the mouth of the Muchakinock Creek on the banks of the Des Moines river.