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Near Dowagiac in Cass County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church

 
 
Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
1. Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church Marker
Inscription. Chief Leopold Pokagon and his tribe of Potawatomi Indians built a log church here in 1838 and deeded the forty acres of land on which it stood to the Catholic Bishop of Detroit. Pokagon, who came to Silver Creek Township from his village outside of nearby Niles, was buried on this site in 1841. During the early 1840s the Holy Cross Fathers of Notre Dame in Indiana ministered to the Indians. In 1844 Father Theophile Marivault became the church's permanent priest; he was followed by Father Louis Baroux who served most of the years from 1847 to 1870 and was buried here in 1897. In the mid-nineteenth century many Irish immigrants settled in the vicinity and attended this parish. The white frame church built in 1861 burned in 1886 and was immediately replaced by this present structure.
 
Erected 1977 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L348.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 2.637′ N, 86° 8.751′ W. Marker is near Dowagiac, Michigan, in Cass County. Marker is on Leach Road 0.2 miles north of Topash Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 51841 Leach Rd, Dowagiac MI 49047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker in front of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
2. Marker in front of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Indian Lake Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Dowagiac Civil War Monument (approx. 4.3 miles away); St. Paul's Church / Episcopal Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Willis M. Farr (approx. 4.5 miles away); Dowagiac World War II - Korean Conflict - Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 4.5 miles away); 19th Michigan Infantry Memorial (approx. 4.5 miles away); Dowagiac World War I Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dowagiac.
 
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Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
3. Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Burial Site of Chief Leopold Pokagon image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
4. Burial Site of Chief Leopold Pokagon
When the present church was built in 1886, the right corner of the church was built on top of the grave of Chief Pokagon
Headstone and Grave of Rev. Louis Baroux image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
5. Headstone and Grave of Rev. Louis Baroux
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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