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Detroit 1820

BY EPHRAIM S. WILLIAMS

Returning to Jefferson avenue, little of historic interest, save an old mansion here and there, presents itself until the Pontiac tree is reached, in the valley of Bloody brook, the last visible memorial of the Indian massacre here wreaked by the great Ottawa chief and his painted braves upon the English troops, July 31, 1763. Alas! that is no longer a surviving memorial. Its partial decay was observed last year, and this spring it totally refused to put forth buds and leaves. Its wood is already beginning to be worked up into souvenirs. A few rods below, upon ground now deeply covered, stood one of the early mills, whose ruins, Judge Campbell says, could still be seen forty to fifty years ago.
In Mount Elliott cemetery, a little off the avenue, the grave of Major Hamtramek may be visited, and a mile or so beyond, near the river, at the southeast corner of the Wesson place, with "a grand old elm still dominating it, may be seen the quaint little dwelling built for him by one of the Chapo-tons in 1802, and where "The Frog on Horseback, " as Hamtramek was called from his small size and singular appearance when riding, died the next year.
Upon the site of the present water works until lately stood one of the last of the old French, dwellings, known as the Van Avery or Chauvin house. It was built by Thomas Stewart and Jean Limarre, in 1769, with a solidity and honesty that never failed to command the admiration of visitors. The great pear trees near it, planted in 1790, were known as the "Twelve Apostles. "

Detroit Michigan


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