Fort St. Joseph

Registered Site S0080

Fort St. Joseph

Built near here in 1686 by the French explorer Duluth, this fort was the second white settlement in lower Michigan. This post guarded the upper end of the vital waterway joining Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Designed to bar English traders from the upper lakes, the fort in 1687 was the mobilization center for a war party of French and Indians. In 1688 it was abandoned, but the site became part of Fort Gratiot in 1814.
photo of Fort St. Joseph

Marker relocated 9-22-2016. Photo courtesy of the City of Port Huron.
Erected 1957

Location: 540 Elmwood St
Port Huron, Saint Clair County

Early Settlers

Latitude: 43.000331686, Longitude: -82.42519497

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