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Port Huron in Saint Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Wilderness Outpost

 
 
Wilderness Outpost Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
1. Wilderness Outpost Marker
Inscription.

Fort Gratiot was built by the U.S. Army in 1814 to guard the strategic junction of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River. Troops stood ready to defend Michigan and the U.S. against British forces in Canada.

As settlement moved westward, the fort was a stopping point for soldiers and supplies headed for the frontier. During the Civil War, area soldiers prepared for battle here, but Fort Gratiot never suffered a hostile attack. In 1879 the American flag was lowered, and the fort was abandoned.

Line art of Fort Gratiot courtesy of Bruce Hawkins, Oakland University
 
Erected by Thomas Edison Depot Museum.
 
Location. 42° 59.913′ N, 82° 25.568′ W. Marker is in Port Huron, Michigan, in Saint Clair County. Marker is at the intersection of Thomas Edison Parkway and the Bluewater Bridge to Sarnia (Interstate 69/94), on the right when traveling south on Thomas Edison Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at the Thomas Edison Depot Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 510 Thomas Edison Parkway, Port Huron MI 48060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edison Homesite (here, next to this marker); Making Tracks (here, next to this marker);
Wilderness Outpost Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2014
2. Wilderness Outpost Marker
Nearest marker in photo
Underground Railroad (a few steps from this marker); All Aboard! (a few steps from this marker); Immigration (a few steps from this marker); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Ships on the St. Clair (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom Edison at Grand Trunk (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Huron.
 
Also see . . .
1. Jenks, "Fort Gratiot and Its Builder Gen. Charles Gratiot." Michigan History, Jan 1920,. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Thomas Edison Depot Museum, Port Huron MI. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesPatriots & PatriotismWar of 1812War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 366 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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