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

Sandy Creek Settlement

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, February 6, 2010
1. Sandy Creek Settlement Marker
Inscription.  Joseph Porlier Benac, Sandy Creek's first settler, was granted a tract of land here by the Potawatomi Indians Aug. 3, 1780. By the time of the War of 1812, sixteen homes lined the banks of the creek.

Retreating Indians swept through the settlement after the defeat of the British and Indians at the first Battle of the River Raisin, Jan. 18, 1813. Angered by the pro-American remarks of Jean Solo and Rene LaBeau, these Indians shot them. LaBeau's frightened young children ran two and a half miles to the River Raisin, seeking the protection of the American army. The Americans ordered the Sandy Creek settlement abandoned and it never was completely rebuilt.
 
Erected by Monroe County Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812.
 
Location. 41° 55.152′ N, 83° 20.087′ W. Marker is near Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker is on State Park Road 1˝ miles east of North Dixie
Sandy Creek Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, February 6, 2010
2. Sandy Creek Settlement Marker
View of historical marker in the right foreground with the Sterling State Park boat launch area in the background.
Highway, in the median. This historical marker is located in Sterling State Park, at the site of the park's boat launch. The state park is located just east of I-75, on North Dixie Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 State Park Road, Monroe MI 48162, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Melvin C. Dye Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Capt. Norman W. Heck Jr (approx. 1.7 miles away); Monroe County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Tree (approx. 1.7 miles away); POW-MIA Chained Eagle (approx. 1.7 miles away); M29 81mm Mortar (approx. 1.7 miles away); "Sky Pilot" (approx. 1.7 miles away); Monroe County Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hidden Casualities of War (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monroe.
 
Sandy Creek Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, February 6, 2010
3. Sandy Creek Settlement Marker
View of historic marker situated just to the left of the Sterling State Park fish cleaning area (located at the park's boat launch site).
Sandy Creek Settlement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, February 6, 2010
4. Sandy Creek Settlement Marker
View of historical marker in the left foreground, with the parking lot for the park's boat launch in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,951 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 7, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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