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St. Joseph in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Burnett's Post

 
 
Burnett's Post Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
1. Burnett's Post Marker
Inscription.  William Burnett, an American patriot from New Jersey, established a trading post on the bank of the St. Joseph River immediately east of this point between 1775 and 1782. He was the first permanent white resident of this area. He married Kakima, daughter of Chief Aniquiba and sister of Topenebee, principal chief of the Potawatomi nation. Burnett built a warehouse at the mouth of the St. Joseph on the site of the old Fort Miami, another at the site of Chicago, and a third on the Kankakee River. In 1785, the British charged Burnett with "exciting sedition" among the Indians. He was arrested, sent to Montreal and Quebec, but not under guard, and at last released without trial. During the War of 1812 he disappeared, but his son, James, continued to manage the post until 1833.
 
Erected 1963 by Michigan Historical Commission and the Antiquarian and Historical Society of Old St. Joseph-on-the-Lake. (Marker Number S234.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExploration
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Industry & CommerceNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1775.
 
Location. 42° 5.804′ N, 86° 28.536′ W. Marker is in St. Joseph, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is at the intersection of Langley Avenue and Miller Drive, on the right when traveling north on Langley Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MI 49085, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old St. Joseph Neighborhood (approx. ¾ mile away); St. Joseph Maritime Heritage (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lighthouses on the Pier (approx. 0.9 miles away); La Salle Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lighthouses on the Bluff (approx. 0.9 miles away); Eleven Inch Dahlgren (approx. one mile away); Silver Beach Amusement Park (approx. one mile away); United States Life Saving Service (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Joseph.
 
Burnett's Post Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
2. Burnett's Post Marker
Looking eastwards
Area directly east of Burnett's Post Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
3. Area directly east of Burnett's Post Marker
At the end of the road is the top of the bluff overlooking the St. Joseph River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 929 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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