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Chief Tonquish Burial Site

 
 
Chief Tonquish Burial Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 20, 2015
1. Chief Tonquish Burial Site Marker
Inscription. Chief Tonquish and his son are buried nearby. Chief Tonquish led a band of Potawatomi Indians in this area in the early nineteenth century. In 1819, a series of clashes between these Indians and pioneers in the vicinity culminated in the death of a white man. Angry settlers pursued the Indians along the River Rouge to the point where it branches into what is now known as Tonquish Creek. Here Chief Tonquish was killed in a futile attempt to save his son's life. Their deaths marked the end of significant Indian skirmishes in southeastern Michigan. This event reflected many of the tensions and conflicts between Indians and settlers over such matters as food and territory which occurred during the westward movement in America.
 
Erected 1977 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L426.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 21.069′ N, 83° 23.146′ W. Marker is in Westland, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of North Wayne Road and Fountain Boulevard, on the right when traveling north on North Wayne Road. Click for map. Fountain Boulevard is the entrance road to the Holiday
Chief Tonquish Burial Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., August 20, 2015
2. Chief Tonquish Burial Site Marker
Park townhouses, which is 0.4 miles south of Ann Arbor Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34850 Fountain Boulevard, Westland MI 48185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Learning by Doing" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Nankin Millers House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Nankin Mills (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Nankin Mills (approx. 0.8 miles away); Newburgh Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Newburg Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Perrinsville School (approx. 1.7 miles away); Perrinsville (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Westland.
 
Also see . . .  Nankin Township, Wayne County Michigan. Included is an account of the killing of Chief Tonquish and his son. (Submitted on August 25, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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