Hamtramck in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Colonel John Francis Hamtramck
John Francis Hamtramck was a native of Canada who dedicated his life to the new American nation. Born in 1756, Hamtramck fought in the American Revolution. He distinguished himself during and after the war fighting both Indian and British forces. In 1787 he was made commander of Post Vincennes in the Illinois Territory. There Major Hamtramck was instrumental in negotiating a peace treaty with area Indians.
In 1793 Hamtramck was named lieutenant colonel in the forces led by General Anthony Wayne. The next year, Hamtramck was cited for bravery in Wayne's decisive victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers. In 1796 Hamtramck, a newly appointed colonel, was further honored when he was given command of the fort at Detroit which had previously been in British hands. Except for two years, he remained there until his death in 1803. In 1798, one of the four townships in Wayne County was named for this military hero.
Erected 1976 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number S252.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed War, US Revolutionary • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1756.
Location. 42° 23.397′ N, 83° 3.175′ W. Marker is in Hamtramck, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of Joseph Campau Avenue and Danforth Street, on the left when traveling south on Joseph Campau Avenue. The marker is in Veteran's Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hamtramck MI 48212, 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. Hamtramck Veteran's Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Hamtramck Stadium (a few steps from this marker); The Dodge Brothers / Dodge Main (within shouting distance of this marker); Tau Beta Community House (approx. ¼ mile away); Saint Florian Church / Saint Florian Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Saint Francis Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away); Poletown and Eminent Domain (approx. 0.7 miles away); Central Woodward Christian Church (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamtramck.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 29, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.