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Farmington in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Potawatomi Indians of Farmington

 
 
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By Joel S., July 4, 2015
1. The Potawatomi Indians of Farmington Marker
Inscription. The Potawatomi, the Algonquin-speaking tribe most closely associated with this region, were often more friendly to the French and British than to the Americans. Religious and unwarlike, they had no permanent village here as they considered Farmington a hunting ground. They often camped overnight at a stopping place near the Minnow Pond at Halsted and Fourteen Mile Road. Burial grounds have been discovered on Gill Road at Nine Mile and on Drake Road at Twelve Mile.

The last of the Potawatomi, numbering less than 100, lived on a reservation in Kansas. It is believed that descendants of the local tribe may still reside on Walpole Island at the mouth of the St. Clair River.

The Great Maple Tree on Gill Road is all that remains to mark the three ancient paths which once traversed the Farmington area - the Shiawasee Trail, the Grand River Trail and the Orchard Lake Trail. All are believed to have been used by the great Ottawa chief, Pontiac.
 
Erected 1981 by Farmington Historical Commission.
 
Location. 42° 27.946′ N, 83° 22.221′ W. Marker is in Farmington, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Shiawassee Street west of Raphael Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker
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By Joel S., July 4, 2015
2. The Potawatomi Indians of Farmington Marker
is in Shiawassee Park. Marker is in this post office area: Farmington MI 48336, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Travel Through Time (approx. mile away); Farmington Masonic Temple and Farmington Township Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Village Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Farmington's First Post Office (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Quaker Meeting (approx. 0.4 miles away); City of Farmington (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gov. Fred M. Warner (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmington.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 179 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 9, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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