Johnson's Tavern

Johnson's Tavern (HM1I6B)

Location: Wayne, MI 48184 Wayne County
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N 42° 16.953', W 83° 23.059'

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In 1824 George M. Johnson purchased eighty acres of land from the government and erected a log tavern at this location, a days journey from Detroit. Stephen G. Simmons bought the tavern from Johnson in 1825 and operated it until he was hanged for the murder of his wife in 1830. In 1832 the tavern, located on the new Detroit-Chicago military road, was purchased by Ezra Derby. He later subdivided some of his land and sold lots. A hamlet known as Derby's developed around the tavern, and in 1836 the name of the settlement was changed to Wayne, apparently to honor General Anthony Wayne. On April 12, 1869, forty-five years after George Johnson settled here, the village was incorporated.
HM NumberHM1I6B
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberS296
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 303407 N 4683901
Decimal Degrees42.28255000, -83.38431667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 16.953', W 83° 23.059'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 16' 57.18" N, 83° 23' 3.54" W
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Area Code(s)734, 313
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 35122 W Michigan Ave, Wayne MI 48184, US
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