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Near Monroe in Monroe County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Sandy Creek Settlement
 
Sandy Creek Settlement Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, February 6, 2010
1. Sandy Creek Settlement Marker
 
Inscription. Joseph Porlier Benac, Sandy Creek's first settler, was granted a tract of land here by the Potawatomi Indians Aug. 3, 1780. By the time of the War of 1812, sixteen homes lined the banks of the creek.

Retreating Indians swept through the settlement after the defeat of the British and Indians at the first Battle of the River Raisin, Jan. 18, 1813. Angered by the pro-American remarks of Jean Solo and Rene LaBeau, these Indians shot them. LaBeau's frightened young children ran two and a half miles to the River Raisin, seeking the protection of the American army. The Americans ordered the Sandy Creek settlement abandoned and it never was completely rebuilt.
 
Erected by Monroe County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 41° 55.152′ N, 83° 20.087′ W. Marker is near Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is on State Park Road 1.5 miles east of North Dixie Highway, in the median. Click for map. This historical marker is located in Sterling State Park, at the site of the park's boat launch. The state park is located just east of I-75, on North Dixie Highway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 State Park Road, Monroe MI 48162, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
 
Sandy Creek Settlement Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, February 6, 2010
2. Sandy Creek Settlement Marker
View of historical marker in the right foreground with the Sterling State Park boat launch area in the background.
 
. Old Hull Road (approx. 1.2 miles away); British Victory at Frenchtown (approx. 1.8 miles away); Murder of Captain Hart (approx. 2 miles away); Roundhead (approx. 2.1 miles away); Skirmish Line (approx. 2.2 miles away); U.S. 17th Infantry Campsite (approx. 2.2 miles away); After the Battle (approx. 2.2 miles away); "Newton" Strike (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Monroe.
 
Sandy Creek Settlement Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, February 6, 2010
3. Sandy Creek Settlement Marker
View of historic marker situated just to the left of the Sterling State Park fish cleaning area (located at the park's boat launch site).
 
 
Sandy Creek Settlement Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dale K. Benington, February 6, 2010
4. Sandy Creek Settlement Marker
View of historical marker in the left foreground, with the parking lot for the park's boat launch in the background.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,008 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 7, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
 
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