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South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Local Pioneers

 
 
Local Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 13, 2022
1. Local Pioneers Marker
Inscription.  
Several Native American tribes, primarily the Ottawa, Miami, and Potowatomi, occupied the South Haven area before white settlement began in the 1830s. Members of these tribes spent their days hunting and foraging the forested land and fishing the Black River and small streams. White birch bark was collected for domestic purposes, such as building canoes, wigwams, and dishes. Maple syrup was also harvested and traded or sold to nearby tribes.

Potawatomi Chief Simon Pokagon was a notable figure in the area, living from 1830 to 1899. His tribe coined the name "Nik-o-nong," referring to South Haven, which translates to "beautiful sunsets." Chief Pokagon was an educated advocate for his people and became a well-known public figure and author. His most well-known speaking engagement was at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, where he advocated for peace between his people and white Americans.
 
Erected 2022 by City of South Haven, Historical Association of South Haven, South Haven Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kayski Creations. (Marker Number 2.)
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1830.
 
Location. 42° 24.396′ N, 86° 16.503′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is on Black River Street south of Dyckman Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Marker is in Stanley Johnston Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coastal Crossroads (a few steps from this marker); A Home of Heroes (within shouting distance of this marker); A Historic Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Time Capsule (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Fishing (within shouting distance of this marker); Catskills of the Midwest (within shouting distance of this marker); Evelyn S (within shouting distance of this marker); Resort Industry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
 
More about this marker. Marker is part of South Haven's Sesquicentennial Trail
 
Also see . . .
1. Simon Pokagon. Wikipedia article (Submitted on August 24, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. Simon Pokagon
Local Pioneers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 13, 2022
2. Local Pioneers Marker
. Books by Simon Pokagon on the Internet Archive. (Submitted on August 24, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 24, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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