Huron Potawatomi Village / Spring Arbor

Huron Potawatomi Village / Spring Arbor (HM1LDD)

Location: Spring Arbor, MI 49283 Jackson County
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N 42° 11.371', W 84° 34.481'

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Huron Potawatomi Village

As early as 1825 large numbers of Potawatomi encamped at this location. One of the most prominent Huron Potatwatomi located here was Wabkezhik (Whapcazeek), who was wounded during the 1811 Battle of Tippicanoe Creek when General William Henry Harrison's troops dispersed a concentration of Indians near present-day Lafayette, Indiana. At negotiations for the 1833 Chicago Treaty, Wabkezhik was one of many Michigan Potawatomi who opposed federal government resettlement plans.
Spring Arbor

White settlers arrived in Spring Arbor Township around 1831. In May 1835 Methodist deacon William Smith and Dr. Benjamin Packard platted the 128-lot village of Spring Arbor on the site of a Potawatomi Indian settlement bounded by present-day South Cross and Hammond Roads. The men then established a Methodist seminary in the village. The panic of 1837 discouraged investment and led to the demise of the school. In 1839 Methodists moved the Seminary to Albion. In 1845 the present village was founded one mile northeast of here.
Marker NumberL1910
Year Placed1994
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees42.18951667, -84.57468333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 11.371', W 84° 34.481'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 11' 22.26" N, 84° 34' 28.86" W
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Area Code(s)517
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8771-8999 Hammond Rd, Spring Arbor MI 49283, US
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