LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) —Tippecanoe County holds a lot of visual pieces of history, but the historical association was always searching for something they just couldn't seem to get their hands on. That is, until Thursday.
An original 1810 Flintlock British trade musket was donated by Mike Molter, a local businessman, to The Tippecanoe County Historical Association. It is the exact type used by Native American forces of Prophetstown at the Battle of Tippecanoe in November of 1811.
This artifact is especially rare, and very few survived to modern times. The musket was appraised at $12,000.
"There are only very few specific ones from the right time period and right regional area," said Craig Hadley, the Executive director of TCHA. "Those are very rare."
Once the display case for this artifact has been created, it will make it's permanent home at the Battle of Tippecanoe Museum.
The historical association said for them, it is priceless.
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