Michigan: Historic Crossroads / Michigan: Twenty-Sixth State
Michigan: Historic Crossroads
Because of its location in the heart of the upper Great Lakes, Michigan has been a historic crossroads. Its waterways and trails were favorite routes of Indians many centuries ago. French explorers first entered Michigan about 1620. By 1700 forts at several key points guarded this vital link between French colonies to the east and to the west and south. In 1760-1761 the British won control of Michigan. Not until 1796 did they withdraw in favor of the Americans, who had been awarded the area in 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War. During the War of 1812 Michigan was one of the most fiercely contested areas. It was admitted as a state in 1837.
Michigan: Twenty -Sixth State
When Michigan in 1837 became the twenty-sixth state admitted to the Union, only the southern part of lower Michigan was settled. Farming was the chief economic activity. In the next fifty years the remainder of the state was populated. Logging of the state's magnificent forests made Michigan America's lumbering capital during the 1880's and 1890's. Mining of the great Upper Peninsula copper and iron ore deposits made Michigan a leading producer of these minerals during most of this period. With the development of the automobile and other industries Michigan became a manufacturing giant among the states
Erected 1958 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S165.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 41° 51.788′ N, 83° 24.306′ W. Marker is near Monroe, Michigan, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 75. Touch for map. This marker is located in the first rest area on I-75 going north into Michigan, near the town of Luna Pier. The marker is located close to the rest area visitor center building on the west side. Marker is in this post office area: Monroe MI 48161, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. LaPlaisance Bay Settlement (approx. one mile away); LaPlaisance Bay (approx. 1½ miles away); Indian Attack (approx. 2.8 miles away); Boston Custer - Autie Reed (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Old Hull Road (approx. 3.3 miles away); Capture of Gen. Winchester (approx. 3.3 miles away); Memorial Place (approx. 3.3 miles away); Death of Col. John Allen (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monroe.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 15, 2017, by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. 4. submitted on June 4, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.