Fort Miami

Registered Site S0006

Fort Miami

Here in November 1679, on the Miami River, as the St. Joseph was then called, La Salle, the French explorer built a fort as a base for his western explorations. Here he awaited the Griffin, the upper lakes' first ship. When the ill-fated vessel did not come he made his way on foot to Canada through lower Michigan's uncharted wilderness. He returned in 1681 to prepare his great push down the Mississippi. A decade later the French built Fort St. Joseph, some 20 miles upriver near Niles.
photo of Fort Miami

Erected 1957

Location: Lake Blvd and Ship Street
St. Joseph, Berrien County


Latitude: 42.110864828, Longitude: -86.48248940

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