In October 1836 the Reverend Anton Kopp and five other men from Westphalia, Germany, arrived in New York. The traveled to Detroit by way of the Erie Canal. Advised to settle in the Grand River Valley, the Reverend Kopp and Eberhard Platte went to the Ionia land office and on November 10, 1836, purchased 560 acres of Clinton County farmland. The original land owners were Anton Cordes, Joseph Platte, John Hanses, William Tillman and John Salter. Leaving Detroit, these men walked along the Dexter Trail to Lyons. There they hired William Hunt, a trapper and fur trader, to guide them to their land holdings. They named their settlement Westphalia on honor of their homeland. It was the first German-Catholic settlement in central Michigan.