This spot makes the location where two brothers: Adam and Andrew Poe defeated a group of Native Americans and their Chief: Chief Big Foot. It was a very intense battle between the tribe and the “Indian Spies” as the brothers were called. It was at this spot along the Ohio River that the Chief finally threw himself in the river after defeat, and the brothers kept on with their goal which they believed was keeping the towns of the Ohio River Valley safe.
There had been a lot of conflict between those the settlers of the area of the Ohio River valley and the Native Americans in the area. There was a constant back and forth of destroying property and taking the lives of those on the opposing side. This led to the need for there to be people from the community that knew how to handle themselves during physical conflict that would keep a watch for whenever there would be Indians that would plan to attack certain towns. Two of these ‘Indian Spies’ were brothers Adam and Andrew Poe. They were responsible for keeping a watch on local Indian tribes for the possibility that they would bring danger to the towns.
Both brothers knew their way in combat, having served in both The American Revolutionary War as well as the War of 1812. This sense of combat readiness came in handy when they came into an altercation with an Indian Chief and a small group of Indians. The Indian Chief was known as Big Foot. Sometime close to 1780, it is believed that the group of Indians had killed a man that was living in a cabin in the countryside between Fort Pitt and what would now be considered to be Wheeling. The Poe brothers then went on the search for the group and found them along the Ohio river. Confrontation broke out, and the Poe brothers came out victorious.
There is a lot of speculation as to the way that the fight went on because there were not a lot of records of the occurrence kept on either side. Therefore, a lot of the details of the fight may have become exaggerated over time. Over time the altercation has come to become a bit of a tall tale among those within the area. However, the marker was placed in the location that the fight was believed to have taken place nonetheless.
This may have been just as small encounter, but it was representative of a lot of what was going on at this point in time between the Native Americans, and those that were beginning to settle the land in that area. The Ohio River Valley between present day Pittsburgh and Wheeling was notorious for the amount of altercations that took place between the people and the native tribes, so the story of the Poe brothers and Chief Big Foot was not unlikely.