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Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Detroit River Heritage

River History

 
 
Detroit River Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 10, 2010
1. Detroit River Heritage Marker
Inscription. For centuries, Native People used the Detroit River for travel, trade, and food. From 1701 to the mid-19th century, French, British, and American settlers used the River the same way. After 1870, companies that processed steel, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and manufactured ships and stoves located on the riverfront, and dumped industrial waste into it. The growing city of Detroit sent sewage into it. By 1930, pollution was a major problem. Clean-up efforts since the 1970s have restored the River. Today, the Detroit River is a recreational resource, and more greenways and habitat are being developed along its banks.
 
Location. 42° 19.574′ N, 83° 2.671′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from Steve Yzerman Drive. Touch for map. This marker is on the Detroit RiverWalk, southwest of Hart Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Detroit MI 48226, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gateway to Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Ford Motor Company (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cadillac Convoy / Le Convoi de Cadillac (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans' Memorial Building
Detroit River Heritage Marker, Detroit River, and Detroit Princess image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 10, 2010
2. Detroit River Heritage Marker, Detroit River, and Detroit Princess
(about 400 feet away); The Landing of Cadillac / Le débarquement de Cadillac (about 400 feet away); Fort Pontchartrain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spirit of Detroit (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Topographical Engineers (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
 
Categories. EnvironmentNatural FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 997 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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