Chief Tonquish Burial Site

Chief Tonquish Burial Site (HM1N9C)

Location: Westland, MI 48185 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 21.069', W 83° 23.146'

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Chief Tonquish and his son are buried nearby. Chief Tonquish led a band of Potawatomi Indians in this area in the early nineteenth century. In 1819, a series of clashes between these Indians and pioneers in the vicinity culminated in the death of a white man. Angry settlers pursued the Indians along the River Rouge to the point where it branches into what is now known as Tonquish Creek. Here Chief Tonquish was killed in a futile attempt to save his son's life. Their deaths marked the end of significant Indian skirmishes in southeastern Michigan. This event reflected many of the tensions and conflicts between Indians and settlers over such matters as food and territory which occurred during the westward movement in America.
HM NumberHM1N9C
Marker NumberL426
Year Placed1977
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 303501 N 4691522
Decimal Degrees42.35115000, -83.38576667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 21.069', W 83° 23.146'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 21' 4.14" N, 83° 23' 8.76" W
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Area Code(s)313, 734, 586
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8544-8720 N Wayne Rd, Westland MI 48185, US
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