“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Chicago Road

Chicago Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., May 3, 2011
1. Chicago Road Marker
Marker is on the side of a building on an active construction site (May 2011) and is dangerous to approach.
Inscription. The Great Sauk Trail, the most important Indian trail in the Great Lakes region, was used later by French explorers, fur traders, missionaries, and soldiers. After the 1760's the trail became a major road for British and American travelers. In the early 1800's, when a military road was needed to connect Detroit with Fort Dearborn (Chicago), Territorial Governor Lewis Cass and Father Gabriel Richard, an influential legislator, were leading supporters of the Great Sauk Trail route. With federal backing the road was surveyed in 1825 and built in 1829-36. Many sections of the road were paved with huge oak logs, covered with a layer of dirt. Even before the road was improved, land-hungry settlers moved west from Detroit via the Chicago Road (now called Michigan Avenue).
Erected 1966 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number S280.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 19.892′ N, 83° 3.04′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Michigan Avenue (U.S. 12) and Washington Boulevard, on the right when traveling east on Michigan Avenue. Click for map. Marker
Chicago Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., May 3, 2011
2. Chicago Road Marker
is at or near this postal address: 1020 Washington Blvd, Detroit MI 48226, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Casimir Pulaski (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 Dead (within shouting distance of this marker); Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Capitol Building in Michigan (about 600 feet away); Finney Barn (about 600 feet away); Detroit's Underground Railway Station (about 700 feet away); Comerica Incorporated (about 800 feet away); Fort Lernoult (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Detroit.
Categories. Native AmericansRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
Chicago Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., December 4, 2015
3. Chicago Road Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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