“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Joseph in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Fort Miami

Fort Miami Marker image. Click for full size.
September 10, 2012
1. Fort Miami Marker
Inscription. Here in November 1679, on the Miami River, as the St. Joseph was then called, La Salle, the French explorer built a fort as a base for his western explorations. Here he awaited the Griffin, the upper lakes' first ship. When the ill-fated vessel did not come he made his way on foot to Canada through lower Michigan's uncharted wilderness. He returned in 1681 to prepare his great push down the Mississippi. A decade later the French built Fort St. Joseph, some 20 miles upriver near Niles.
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 6.651′ N, 86° 28.943′ W. Marker is in St. Joseph, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Boulevard and Ship Street, on the right when traveling south on Lake Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MI 49085, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Joseph's Firemen (within shouting distance of this marker); Creating a Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Fishing
Fort Miami Marker on Lake Blvd image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 26, 2013
2. Fort Miami Marker on Lake Blvd
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Life Saving Service (about 400 feet away); St. Joseph River Swing Bridge (about 400 feet away); U.S. Lighthouse Supply Depot (about 600 feet away); Commercial Shipping (about 700 feet away); Recreational Boating (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Joseph.
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationForts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2012. This page has been viewed 482 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on April 27, 2013. Photos:   1. submitted on September 13, 2012.   2. submitted on April 27, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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