LaPlaisance Bay - the pleasant bay - was named in 1679 by Robert De LaSalle. After the War of 1812, it became part of the United States. In 1820 Maj. John Whipple was appointed keeper of the LaPlaisance Bay lighthouse. April 19, 1825 Col. John . . . — — Map (db m165271) HM
When the War of 1812 began, LaPlaisance Bay settlement consisted of 14 homes along the creek. Medard LaBadie, considered a hero for his participation in the Battles of the River Raisin and those at Fort Meigs and Thames, was a French settler here. . . . — — Map (db m165272) HM
Irish and German immigrants first came to this area, known as Stony Creek, in the 1840s. The settlement was also called Athlone, after a city significant in Ireland's military history. Redemptorist missionaries served Catholics here from 1847 until . . . — — Map (db m169691) HM
In 1847 Ash and Berlin Township people began to be buried in this little cemetery, located on the property line between Royal and Mary Ann Potter's land and that of John and Margaret Flint. In 1860 the couples each deeded half . . . — — Map (db m171222) HM
The first land patent for land in the Village of Dundee, was issued to William Remington, from Livingston County, New York, on July 23, 1823. Riley Ingersoll, Dundee's first white settler, settled here in 1824. The settlement was named Dundee by . . . — — Map (db m100794) HM WM
Honors its soldiers who fell in the War for the Union. Dedicated Sept. 30, 1913
9 Corps/ 17 Mich. Inf. who rsc'd their name at South Mountain Mo. & took part in 30 engagements.
3 Mich. Cavalry Memorial by comrades of Co. K Corinth, - . . . — — Map (db m216393) WM
"Lest we forget-The price of freedom"
Harry W. Bamm •
Franklin E. Good •
Edward E. Peebles
Daniel J. Eyler
Delmar W. Covell •
Elvin E. Hartman •
Virgil W. Hindbaugh •
Frederick J. Lenz • . . . — — Map (db m200557) HM
Dundee's first saw mill was built here in 1828, by Riley Ingersoll and Samuel and William Gale, on land acquired by William Remington, July 28, 1823. A brush and dirt dam was constructed across the River Raisin in 1827, by Riley Ingersoll and . . . — — Map (db m100791) HM
This land was occupied for centuries by people who lived in close harmony with their natural surroundings. The Indians, or Native Americans, who lived here belonged to various nations or tribes. In particular, the Ottawa (Odawa), Potawatomi, . . . — — Map (db m212668) HM
Hull's Treaty of 1807 gave the Potawatomi and other Indian tribes nine sections of land in Dundee Township, "where the Macon flows into th River Raisin". Main Street, Neiman, Day and Dundee-Azalia Roads were the original boundaries.
The Indians . . . — — Map (db m200517) HM
As a part of westward expansion, the United States began occupying lands in southeast Michigan in 1796. The Potawatomi Indians called the vast fertile lands along the River Raisin from Lake
Erie westward home. As the U.S. moved into their new "Post . . . — — Map (db m165523) HM
Welcome to the Old Mill Museum. Come in and explore three floors
of exhibits chronicling local history. Learn about the Ford Village
Industries, farm and small town life in the 19th century, and Native
American life on the Macon Reservation. The . . . — — Map (db m165524) HM
In 1860 the Reverend A.D. Herzberger of Monroe chartered this church with twenty-two members. The predominantly German congregation worshipped in a schoolhouse until the first church was completed in 1863. The present Gothic church, originally . . . — — Map (db m100784) HM
The grist stone (about 1,200 lbs) on display here was probably
from the Paxson grist mill on the north side of the river.
a runner stone. For many years it served as a stepping stone for
boarding carriages in front of the Drew house on Van Nest . . . — — Map (db m165525) HM
The old village jail has traveled many miles since construction. It started its
historic journey in the late 1800's in the Bell Tower Building which was
located on the south side of the alley off Riley Street. It was moved across
the alley to the . . . — — Map (db m200558) HM
The Native Americans called it Nummasepee (River of Sturgeon), after the great fish that once thrived here. The first French speaking settlers called it Rivière Aux Raisins (River of Grapes) after the many wild grape vines lining its banks. Now . . . — — Map (db m201608) HM
West County Park is one of five Monroe County Parks. This park focuses on providing natural habitat, not only for plants and wildlife, but for the enjoyment of visitors. With its trails, scenic views, and natural landscape which changes from . . . — — Map (db m201610) HM
Michigan troops made heir headquarters here during the bloodless Toledo "war" in 1835.
Intense rivalry between the settlers of the two states fanned a controversy near flame. Original U. S. surveys had put in Monroe County the mouth of the . . . — — Map (db m21010) HM
The parish of St. Joseph, fourth oldest in the Archdiocese of Detroit, dates from the arrival of the hardy French pioneers who began about 1790 making their clearing in the dense walnut stands behind the shores of Maumee Bay. To Father Gabriel . . . — — Map (db m172354) HM
A day's ride from the River Raisin stood the Ida Inn. Settlers built log cabins around the inn and farms appeared along the old corduroy roads. The Inn, later to become the train station and post office, was purchased, along with . . . — — Map (db m170288) HM
In 1836, a well was placed at this site for the
use of the Southern Michigan Railroad Company
to supply water for its steam locomotives. This
rail line was used for passengers and freight
between Monroe and Adrian. Because the water
from this . . . — — Map (db m170287) HM
The first school bus safety crossing mirror in the world was
installed on a Bedford Rural Agricultural School bus in 1950
at Lambertville, MI. Inventor Reid Stout was principal,
teacher, and bus driver. The morror was designed to save
children’s . . . — — Map (db m132037) HM
[Front of Marker]
S. S. Gannet
[Ohio Side of Marker]
Frank B. Willis
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Erected by Authority of
The . . . — — Map (db m197401) HM
Dedicated to o
the men and women
from the city of
Luna Pier who
the men and women
from the city of
Luna Pier who
served their country
For their tomorrow
we gave our today — — Map (db m165515) WM
Arthur Geyman KIA LaSalle Unknown Army
James E. Yenor KIA Luna Pier 7/20/50 Army
Sterling Bushroe POW Erie Unknown A-Force
Charles Schulz KIA LaSalle 2/1/53 Marine
Clyde E Knaggs MIA Luna Pier 12/2/50 Army
Donald . . . — — Map (db m172350) WM
Exeter was organized in 1836 and named for the New York birthplace of the first postmaster, Henry Palmer. In 1890 local officials set aside five hundred dollars to build this hall. The Canadian Southern Railway, which ran through the township, . . . — — Map (db m169690) HM
The last resting place of many of the pioneer settlers of Milan (Tolanville) and Milan Township. This cemetery served the area from the early 1830's to the early 1900's.
The land was deeded to Milan Township on March 17, . . . — — Map (db m171160) HM
In spring 1937, the eyes of the nation were on Monroe. The Steel Workers Organizing Committee had organized a handful of workers at Republic’s Newton facility. On June 10, about 120 pickets confronted over 1,000 non-unionized workers and . . . — — Map (db m67513) HM
"Sky Pilot" was the name given to
the pastors, priests and rabbis
the chaplains of the Vietnam war
C-Ration boxes - stacked in the
manner you see here - were often
used as ad hoc altars for jungle
services. With lives in the balance,
many . . . — — Map (db m165507) WM
Here, Francois Navarre, first white settler in Monroe, built his home. His 500 acre farm, acquired by deed from the Indians in 1785, afforded a center for the River Raisin colony, by 1790 an important frontier community.
Col. Navarre was friend . . . — — Map (db m20933) HM
In the words of Laurent Durocher, "after the defeat of Winchester, many of the inhabitants fled with their families to the frontier of Ohio. Others went to Detroit. The British made several attempts to persuade the Indians to destroy what was left . . . — — Map (db m20905) HM
Attack helicopters came into widespread use in the mid
sixties and chalked up over a million hours in Vietnam.
The AH stands for attack helicopter. The original Cobra
retained the Huey's engine, transmission and other major
parts, but replaced . . . — — Map (db m172039) HM
Welcome to Michigan
from America’s Guard of Honor
Geo. T. Alex Detroit Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association
Dedicated to the Paratroopers and Glidermen who have served
And the men and women who continue to serve as America’s best. . . . — — Map (db m197687) WM
On this property in 1812 was the trading post of John Anderson, famed Scottish pioneer of the River Raisin.
Anderson, Colonel of the Militia in 1812, was taken prisoner at Detroit, later escaped.
Mrs. Anderson, alone at the time of the . . . — — Map (db m27262) HM
British Artillery on January 22nd consisted of six small cannons, mostly 3-pounders, with some small howitzers. The artillery pieces were first positioned about 400 yards north of here, just south of Mason Run Creek. These were used to good effect . . . — — Map (db m169608) HM
The Michigan and Kentucky Societies of the
War of 1812 dedicate this memorial bench
to those who served their country
at the battles of the River Raisin,
January 18th and 22nd. 1813 — — Map (db m165542) WM
The Michigan Society Colonial Dames XVII Century
presents this bench to the International Peace Garden to commemorate
the heroic deeds of our ancestors who fought and gave their lives during the
Battle of the River Raisin, War of 1812. — — Map (db m165545) WM
[Marker side facing south]
Describing the American victory of January 18, 1813, Capt. John McCalla of the 5th Kentucky, wrote: "I have seen the enemy, and I have seen him defeated. I have seen my fellow soldiers extended lifeless bloody . . . — — Map (db m20945) HM
Gen. George A. Custer's brother, Boston, and his nephew, Harry (Autie) Armstrong Reed, accompanied the ill-fated Little Big Horn Expedition into Montana as civilian Quartermaster employees. While at the rear of the cavalry column they learned Gen. . . . — — Map (db m21001) HM
Boy Scouts in Monroe County
The Boy Scout movement in Monroe County was founded on October 16, 1911, when the first scout troop was organized at the old Monroe Armory. Twenty-five boys joined that night. The first scoutmaster was Lt. Ed Stoner . . . — — Map (db m171064) HM
On this site in 1849 the Reverend Erasmus J. Boyd opened the Young Ladies' Seminary, for 29 years a select school for girls and the town's cultural center.
The Detroit Archdiocese acquired the property in 1885 for a boys' college preparatory . . . — — Map (db m171063) HM
Pioneer settlers of Raisinville Township were the first citizens of Michigan to fully organize a school district which provided a building and financial support for basic education.
During 1828 the district built a log schoolhouse on land deeded . . . — — Map (db m170645) HM
From near this spot on Jan. 22, 1813, 525 British soldiers and Canadian militiamen from Fort Malden under Col. Henry Proctor and some 800 Indians under Chiefs Roundhead and Walk-In-The-Water launched a pre-dawn attack on the sleeping American camp a . . . — — Map (db m27254) HM
Under attack by the British and Indians before dawn on Jan. 22, 1813, in the second Battle of the River Raisin, the U.S. 17th Infantry soon broke and fled south across the frozen river. Gen. James Winchester, the American commander, tried several . . . — — Map (db m20899) HM
About 1823, Col. Johnson, merchant, financier and civic leader, built this home on First Street at the southeast corner of Loranger Square. Five generations of the Johnson-Phinney family lived in it before its 1960 sale to Monroe County.
One of . . . — — Map (db m171060) HM
In January 1878, Maria Custer (No. 7) and David Reed (No. 25) spent 100 dollars each to purchase the 40 gravesites here. That same month the bodies of Boston Custer (no. 8) and Autie Reed (No. 27) arrived for burial from the Little Big Horn . . . — — Map (db m200279) HM
The American Capt. John Woolfolk hid in one of the French homes just east of here during the massacre at the River Raisin, Jan. 23, 1813. Indians searching the settlement found him. They claimed him as their prisoner and forced him to this spot. . . . — — Map (db m20882) HM
Col. Allen tried vainly to rally the retreating Americans at the second Battle of the River Raisin, Jan. 22, 1813. Exhausted and disabled by a thigh wound, he faced the pursuing Indians near here. The colonel desperately defended himself at . . . — — Map (db m20898) HM
In Spring, 1988, as construction began on this
entry to Frenchman's Bend Subdivision, archaeologists unearthed the remains of the house and blacksmith shop of François Deloeuil who located here circa 1789. It was the region's most extensive . . . — — Map (db m169630) HM
Although Dr. Dorsch, born in Bavaria, was a competent physician with degrees from Munich & Vienna, he was exiled when the 1848 Germain Revolution failed. In Monroe his love of freedom led him to make this home a station on the Underground Railroad, . . . — — Map (db m27636) HM
At this location Dr. Heath served humanity as a physician and achieved international fame as a numismatist.
Born in Warsaw, N. Y., he graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1881. He had the distinction of immediately . . . — — Map (db m169842) HM
“If you are cut down in a movement that is designed to save the soul of a nation, then no other death could be more redemptive. We must somehow believe that unearned suffering is redemptive. We must work passionately and indefatigably to bridge . . . — — Map (db m72501) HM
Newspaper history in Monroe has been continuous since 1825 when Edward Ellis, an exceptionally able editor, came west from Buffalo with his press and printing equipment.
Ellis’ pioneer paper was unique for that day, holding itself independent . . . — — Map (db m127982) HM
As delegate from Monroe County to the convention which wrote Michigan's first constitution in 1835, Mr. Ellis won credit for the clause which earmarks penal fines for the support of libraries. It is this clause which has brought efficient rural . . . — — Map (db m171067) HM
First land for Sterling State Park was acquired in 1935 as a gift from Monroe Piers Land Company and was named in honor of Wm. C. Sterling, prominent Monroe citizen and first Commodore of the Monroe Yacht Club organized in 1887.
Monroe . . . — — Map (db m200984) HM
Over this ground, Jan. 18, 1813, 667 Kentuckians and nearly 100 local Frenchmen charged across the frozen river toward the British and Indian positions. The 63 British and Canadian soldiers and 200 Potawatomi Indians made a brief stand there, then . . . — — Map (db m27660) HM
Here in the log house of Jean Baptiste Jereaume the Federal Court of the Erie District, Territory of Michigan, held its first session July 3, 1805. President Thomas Jefferson named Judge Augustus B. Woodward to preside.
Beginning in 1807 the . . . — — Map (db m20909) HM
This Church, the first Protestant Church in this area and the first Presbyterian Church in Michigan, was organized January 13, 1820. “Minuteman” George Alford, of the Revolutionary War, was one of the charter members.
The Rev. . . . — — Map (db m127983) HM
The French settled here 1780-1795 in long, narrow farms along the River Raisin and Swan Creek. The Americans wrested the territory from the British in 1796 as part of Wayne County, its status until 1805.
When reorganized again in 1827, the . . . — — Map (db m170421) HM
Born Dec. 5, 1839, New Rumley, Ohio.
Graduated U.S. Military Academy, June 1861.
Brigadier General Volunteers June 29, 1863.
Brevet Major General Volunteers Oct., 1864.
Commanded Michigan Brigade of cavalry at Battle of . . . — — Map (db m20878) HM
George Armstrong Custer was born on December 5, 1839 in New Rumley,
Ohio. He was a graduate of West Point and the youngest general in
the union army at the time of his promotion to brigadier general at age 23.
General Custer was a nationally . . . — — Map (db m201534) HM
[Side A]:George Armstrong Custer
Raised in Monroe, George Armstrong Custer graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1861. In 1863 he became a brigadier general and commanded the Michigan Cavalry Brigade. . . . — — Map (db m22787) HM
From the earliest days of Michigan settlement this corner has witnessed travel of many sorts signaling important events in the history of Michigan.
East lies Monroe’s port on Lake Erie where waves of immigrant traffic came from New England . . . — — Map (db m127984) HM
“Remember the River Raisin” became a national battle cry in the War of 1812 after settlers and Kentucky soldiers were massacred by Indians on the river’s banks in violation of protection promised by the British,
The stream here was . . . — — Map (db m25963) HM
The Monroe County Historical Society began to collect local historical artifacts in 1938, housing them in a storied homestead, the Sawyer House on East Front Street, before presenting them to the Historical Commission established in 1967 by . . . — — Map (db m127646) HM
Sixteen German Lutheran families who settled here at Sandy Creek formed a three-part congregation with Trinity of Monroe and Zoar (later St. Paul's) of Monroetown, Nov. 10, 1844, under the care of Rev. Geo. Wm. Hattstaedt. Services were held in . . . — — Map (db m170793) HM
The Second Battle of the River Raisin Jan. 22, 1813, found nearly 400 American soldiers caught in retreat down this old road to Ohio. Those few who made it to this point, over a mile south of their camp, were ambushed by hidden Indians. The 40 . . . — — Map (db m27294) HM
From Vermont and Connecticut ancestors of J. Sterling Morton migrated to Adams, N.Y., where he was born April 22, 1832. Two years later the Morton family chose Monroe as the city with the best prospects in the West. Sterling's father, Julius Dewey . . . — — Map (db m171077) HM
Named for the Erie Indians, this was the last of the Great Lakes discovered by white men. The French were exploring the upper lakes as early as 1615, but they avoided the region to the south which was the realm of hostile Iroquois Indians. Then in . . . — — Map (db m107150) HM
Commanding Officer 60th Inf. Regiment, 2nd Battallion
F Company, 9th Infantry Division
Highly Decorated WWII Combat Soldier
Medal Of Honor
Silver Star With One Oak Leaf Cluster
Legion Of Merit
Bronze Star Medal With "V” (Valor) Device . . . — — Map (db m201683) WM
German pioneers who began settling this area in 1828 formed Monroe County's first Lutheran church here in 1834. The Rev. Friedrich Schmid became their first pastor, traveling by horseback from Ann Arbor. The growing congregation incorporated as . . . — — Map (db m121795) HM
The 81mm mortar was a crew served, air cooled,
ground forces weapon used primarily in static
positions throughout South Vietnam. It weighs
115 pounds, is capable of firing 35 rounds for
the first minute and 18 rpm after that. It was
fired by . . . — — Map (db m165504) HM
Born in New Rumley, Ohio, George A. Custer grew up in Monroe in the home of his half-sister, Mrs. David Reed. February 9, 1864, in the Presbyterian Church here, he married Libbie Bacon, only daughter of Judge Daniel S. Bacon.
During the Civil . . . — — Map (db m20935) HM
Employees Now Linked in Service Together
Monroe Bank & Trust has provided service
to our communities since 1858.
These efforts were formalized in 1984 into
one comprehensive program: ENLIST.
MBT is proud to dedicate this commemorative . . . — — Map (db m201660) HM
In 1838 Christopher McDowell built the first
newsprint mill in the Midwest on the south side
of the River Raisin, about 100 yards upriver. The
quality rag paper produced here was used by many
early newspapers in the . . . — — Map (db m215927) HM
Melvin C. Dye, born May 22, 1947, a resident of Carleton,
Michigan, served his country during the Vietnam War as an
engineer with the 57th Assault Helicopter Company, 52nd Aviation
Battalion of the United States Army. February
19, 1968, the . . . — — Map (db m165506) HM WM
Here were buried unidentified remains of victims of the River Raisin Massacre of 1813.
In 1872 surviving veterans of that war gathered in Monroe from Ohio and Kentucky. They headed a colorful civic pageant which halted solemnly at this spot . . . — — Map (db m21006) HM
Michigan: Historic Crossroads
Because of its location in the heart of the upper Great Lakes, Michigan has been a historic crossroads. Its waterways and trails were favorite routes of Indians many centuries ago. French explorers first entered . . . — — Map (db m100856) HM
This Monument is dedicated to the
Memory of the heroes who
Lost their lives in our country's defense,
Battle and Massacre of the River Raisin,
January 22nd, and 23rd, 1813. — — Map (db m20937) HM
The area of Michigan known as Monroe was one of our state's earliest settled regions. Its location at the mouth of the River Raisin was strategic to both Native Americans and to the first Europeans who . . . — — Map (db m201328) HM
This plaque is issued by the Historical Society of Michigan
in recognition of Monroe Bank and Trust
founded in 1858
for more than 100 years of continuous operation in service
to the people of Michigan and for contributing to the
. . . — — Map (db m127987) HM
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