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Avalon Beach in Monroe County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

LaPlaisance Bay

 
 
Repainted LaPlaisance Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, June 29, 2020
1. Repainted LaPlaisance Bay Marker
Inscription.  LaPlaisance Bay - the pleasant bay - was named in 1679 by Robert De LaSalle. After the War of 1812, it became part of the United States. In 1820 Maj. John Whipple was appointed keeper of the LaPlaisance Bay lighthouse. April 19, 1825 Col. John Anderson organized the Harbor of Southern Michigan. With the Erie Canal open in 1825 a great migration into the Michigan Territory began. Large warehouses and wharves were built around the harbor and along LaPlaisance Road. Stagecoaches took travellers north and Michigan's first railroad carried newcomers three miles into town. On June 23, 1827, 200 barrels of flour became the first shipment from LaPlaisance Bay east. As larger ships came into port, the bay became too shallow for shipping. This area, now known as Bolles Harbor, has become a recreational port enjoyed by fishermen and pleasure boats. The bay and the road are still known as LaPlaisance. When the Daughters of the American Colonists organized their chapter March 5, 1954, it seemed appropriate to name it after this historical place - LaPlaisance Bay.
 
Erected by The LaPlaisance Bay Chapter, Daughters
LaPlaisance Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
2. LaPlaisance Bay Marker
of the Daughters of the American Colonists.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Colonists series list.
 
Location. 41° 52.337′ N, 83° 22.777′ W. Marker is in Avalon Beach, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from Lake Street 0.1 miles east of Bolles Harbor Drive, on the right when traveling east. Located between the parking lot and the lake, where Lake Street dead ends. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monroe MI 48161, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. LaPlaisance Bay Settlement (approx. half a mile away); Michigan: Historic Crossroads / Michigan: Twenty-Sixth State (approx. 1˝ miles away); Indian Attack (approx. 2.2 miles away); Boston Custer - Autie Reed (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Old Hull Road (approx. 2˝ miles away); Capture of Gen. Winchester (approx. 2˝ miles away); Death of Col. John Allen (approx. 2˝ miles away); "Newton" Strike (approx. 2.6 miles away).
 
LaPlaisance Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker
3. LaPlaisance Bay Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on January 21, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos:   1. submitted on January 21, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio.   2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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