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

Fort Saint Joseph

Fort St. Joseph Marker image. Click for full size.
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 S0080.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 43° 0.13′ N, 82° 25.652′ W. Marker is in Port Huron, Michigan, in Saint Clair County. Marker is on Gratiot Avenue just north of Church Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Gratiot Park. Marker is in this post office area: Port Huron MI 48060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking 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
Fort St. Joseph Marker and Gratiot Park image. Click for full size.
By Jenn Wintermantel, March 26, 2011
2. Fort St. Joseph Marker and Gratiot Park
(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.
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesSettlements & SettlersWar, French and Indian
Fort Saint Joseph Marker image. Click for full size.
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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2011. This page has been viewed 631 times since then. 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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