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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

The banks of the Ecorse are everywhere, on both sides, low and marshy and forbidding, the stream almost unapproachable except by canoe from the Detroit river, except as it has been made approachable by artificial means, with much filling in for approaches to the bridges which span its channel. The necessity of easy access to good drinking water alone, for such a multitude, which could not be found in the murky stream, but which could be had pure and limpid in the clear flowing Detroit, would make these banks a very unsuitable and unlikely site to be selected for the purpose of the encampment, but the banks of the Detroit, both immediately above and below the mouth of the Ecorse, furnish all the conditions necessary. To the north of the Ecorse stretches a half mile or more of a high bank bordering a deep channel, within a few feet of the shore. Here is where the village of Ecorse or Grand port stands, a very old French settlement. On the south side stretches for twenty or thirty rods a similar, but lower, bank. This is the river front of the farms of the late Judge H. H. Emmons, and below, that of the late Mr. George Clark. It was doubtless on the river front of what is now the Ecorse village that the dusky warriors gathered in council.
About the same distance south of Wyandotte as is the Ecorse above, the Monguagon, a sluggish, marsh-enclosed, fresh water lagoon, rather than stream, opens, into the Detroit. This stream, now known as the Monguagon, is marked on the mop attached to Lossing's History of Hull's campaign of 1812, Stone Quarry Creek.

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