Bertrand (HMDF)

Location: Niles, MI 49120 Berrien County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 46.453', W 86° 15.75'

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Nearby French and English trading posts were known as parc aux vaches or "cowpens" for the wild buffalo once found here. Joseph Bertrand, an early trader, married the daughter of a Potawatomi chief and through her acquired land in various Indian treaties. In 1833 this land was platted into the town of Bertrand, which soon included several large hotels and stores and a four-story warehouse—remarkable on the Michigan frontier. Bertrand became a stop for stages on the Detroit-Chicago Road and in 1844 the Sisters of the Holy Cross founded their first American convent here. Failure of the railroads to pass through town, and the high price of lots, caused the decline of this expansive village and the financial ruin of its founder.
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Marker NumberS0286
Year Placed1957
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 11:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 561293 N 4624971
Decimal Degrees41.77421667, -86.26250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 46.453', W 86° 15.75'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 46' 27.18" N, 86° 15' 45.00" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2708 Bond St, Niles MI 49120, US
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