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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

It had a deep marshy border from above the main thoroughfare, now Biddle Ave., to its outlet. It has now for a good many years been tilled in with cinders from the mills. It was crossed by a culvert. The writer's office stands on the bed of tho former stream, as does the Presbyterian church on the opposite side of Biddle Ave. It is stated on the authority of Mr. Payne that the first casualty to Colonel Miller's force occurred very near this locality. ------------------------------------- father. They have buried the hatchet of their grandfathers and were all loyal and patriotic during the rebellion and fought on the same side.
We must now come down to a more recent period for events of interest to record regarding this locality; to a point which marks the beginning of the tide of immigration hitherwards of a different class from those who first came to trade with the Indians or in government service, as were those who came when Detroit was but a trading post and a military garrison. Soon after the conclusion of the war of 1812-15, New Englanders and New Yorkers began to make their way beyond Lake Erie. Farms began to be sought for by those who had heard of the wondrous advantages and beauties of the country. The era of agricultural development and a higher stage of civilization were approaching, and there were not wanting those who were appreciative of the beautiful banks of our river as a site for their future homes.
Mr. George Clark came to the site of Wyandotte first in 1817, and resided in a log house, now gone, but standing a few years ago on the river road just below the shipyard. This house, he states, was said to have belonged to and had been occupied by the celebrated chief, Blue Jacket.

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