“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Port Huron in St. Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Fort St. Joseph

Fort St. Joseph Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jenn Wintermantel, March 26, 2011
1. Fort St. Joseph Marker
Inscription.  Built near here in 1686 by the French explorer Duluth, this fort was the second white settlement in lower Michigan. This post guarded the upper end of the vital waterway joining Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Designed to bar English traders from the upper lakes, the fort in 1687 was the mobilization center for a war party of French and Indians. In 1688 it was abandoned, but the site became part of Fort Gratiot in 1814.
Erected 1957 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 80.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraForts and CastlesSettlements & SettlersWar, French and Indian. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1686.
Location. 43° 0.13′ N, 82° 25.652′ W. Marker is in Port Huron, Michigan, in St. Clair County. Marker is on Gratiot Avenue just north of Church Street, on the right when traveling south. Located in Gratiot Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Huron MI 48060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Fort St. Joseph Marker and Gratiot Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jenn Wintermantel, March 26, 2011
2. Fort St. Joseph Marker and Gratiot Park
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distance of this marker. Methodist Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Storm of 1913 and Sailors Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The "John S. Martin" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tom Edison at Grand Trunk (approx. ¼ mile away); Native Americans (approx. ¼ mile away); Immigration (approx. ¼ mile away); Ships on the St. Clair (approx. ¼ mile away); Bridging the Blue Waters (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Huron.
Also see . . .  Fort St. Joseph marker moved to better location. Times Herald article from October 7, 2016 stating that the "state historical marker commemorating Fort St. Joseph is now on the south side of Elmwood Street, across from the International Flag Plaza. The sign previously had been at Gratiot Park on Gratiot Avenue." The article also indicates that "the sign has been in its new location for about two weeks." (Submitted on January 27, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
Fort Saint Joseph Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
3. Fort Saint Joseph Marker
Looking south, with bridge to Sarnia, Canada, in background
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 27, 2011. This page has been viewed 798 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 27, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on August 4, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Jul. 1, 2022