U.S. Topographical Engineers

U.S. Topographical Engineers (HMSDA)

Location: Detroit, MI 48226 Wayne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.756', W 83° 2.529'

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When Michigan became a state in 1837, the Detroit office of the U.S. Topographical Engineers was headquartered on this site. The topographical engineers helped transform Michigan from a wilderness into a prosperous state. They also played a vital role in Great Lakes navigation before the Civil War. First appointed in 1813, the engineers surveyed land, canals, railroads and harbors, and platted military positions relative to roads, villages, rivers and ravines. They also constructed lighthouses. During the 1820s and 1830s engineers from the Detroit office built roads to Toledo, Saginaw and Chicago, thus opening Michigan's interior to new settlement. As a result, Michigan's population increased from 8,000 in 1820 to 200,000 in 1840.
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HM NumberHMSDA
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Marker NumberHB11
Year Placed1997
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 12:53am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 331745 N 4688354
Decimal Degrees42.32926667, -83.04215000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.756', W 83° 2.529'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 45.36" N, 83° 2' 31.74" W
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Area Code(s)313, 586, 734, 248
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 170 Jefferson Avenue, Detroit MI 48226, US
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