Port Huron in Saint Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Fort Gratiot was built by the U.S. Army in 1814 to guard the strategic junction of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. Troops stood ready to defend Michigan and the U.S. against British forces in Canada.
As settlement moved westward, the fort was a stopping point for soldiers and supplies headed for the frontier. During the Civil War, area soldiers prepared for battle here, but Fort Gratiot never suffered a hostile attack. In 1879 the American flag was lowered, and the fort was abandoned.
Line art of Fort Gratiot courtesy of Bruce Hawkins, Oakland University
Erected by Thomas Edison Depot Museum.
Location. 42° 59.913′ N, 82° 25.568′ W. Marker is in Port Huron, Michigan, in Saint Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of Thomas Edison Parkway and the Bluewater Bridge to Sarnia (Interstate 69/94), on the right when traveling south on Thomas Edison Parkway. Click for map. Marker is at the Thomas Edison Depot Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Thomas Edison Parkway, Port Huron MI 48060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edison Homesite (here, next to this marker); Making Tracks (here, next to this marker); Underground Railroad (a few steps from this marker); All Aboard! (a few steps from this marker); Immigration (a few steps from this marker); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Ships on the St. Clair (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom Edison at Grand Trunk (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Port Huron.
Also see . . .
1. Jenks, "Fort Gratiot and Its Builder Gen. Charles Gratiot." Michigan History, Jan 1920,. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Thomas Edison Depot Museum, Port Huron MI. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Patriots & Patriotism • War of 1812 • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.