Parc Aux Vaches

Parc Aux Vaches (HM17UU)

Location: Niles, MI 49120 Berrien County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 45.783', W 86° 16.179'

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Madeline Bertrand Park

Known as Parc aux Vaches, or "cow pasture," this area was named by the French for the wild buffalo that once grazed here. Two major Indian trails crossed here: the Sauk Trail, also called the old Chicago Trail, which linked Detroit and Chicago; and the Miami Trail, which linked the Grand and the Wabash rivers. About 1808 French fur-trader Joseph Bertrand established a post in this area. Bertrand married Madeline, said to be the daughter of Potawatomi Chief Topenebee. Under the 1821 Treaty of Chicago, which ceded much of the lower southwest corner of Michigan to the United States, this site was deeded to Madeline Bertrand. Parc aux Vaches is now part of Niles Township.
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HM NumberHM17UU
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Marker NumberL1363C
Year Placed1987
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 8:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 560709 N 4623726
Decimal Degrees41.76305000, -86.26965000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 45.783', W 86° 16.179'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 45' 46.98" N, 86° 16' 10.74" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3038 Adams Rd, Niles MI 49120, US
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