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Bertrand in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Bertrand

 
 
Bertrand Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 10, 2007
1. Bertrand Marker
Inscription. Nearby French and English trading posts were known as parc aux vaches or “cowpens” for the wild buffalo once found here. Joseph Bertrand, an early trader, married the daughter of a Potawatomi chief and through her acquired land in various Indian treaties. In 1833 this land was platted into the town of Bertrand, which soon included several large hotels and stores and a four-story warehouse—remarkable on the Michigan frontier. Bertrand became a stop for stages on the Detroit-Chicago Road and in 1844 the Sisters of the Holy Cross founded their first American convent here. Failure of the railroads to pass through town, and the high price of lots, caused the decline of this expansive village and the financial ruin of its founder.
 
Erected 1957 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S0286.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 41° 46.453′ N, 86° 15.75′ W. Marker is in Bertrand, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is on East Betrand Road near Bond Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niles MI 49120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles
Bertrand Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 10, 2007
2. Bertrand Marker
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Joseph's Mission (approx. 0.3 miles away); Parc Aux Vaches (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort St. Joseph (approx. 2.7 miles away); Father Claude Jean Allouez S. J. (approx. 2.8 miles away); La Salle's Camp (approx. 3.1 miles away in Indiana). Click for a list of all markers in Bertrand.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
The field by the Bertrand marker image. Click for full size.
By M. Bowyer, July 10, 2007
3. The field by the Bertrand marker
 
 
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