The Potawatomi Indians of Farmington

The Potawatomi Indians of Farmington (HM1LPA)

Location: Farmington, MI 48336 Oakland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 27.946', W 83° 22.221'

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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.
Year Placed1981
Placed ByFarmington Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, July 11th, 2015 at 6:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 305126 N 4704214
Decimal Degrees42.46576667, -83.37035000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 27.946', W 83° 22.221'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 27' 56.76" N, 83° 22' 13.26" W
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Area Code(s)248, 313, 734
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 32499-32807 Shiawassee St, Farmington MI 48336, US
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