The French & Trading Posts

The French & Trading Posts (HM1SND)

Location: Union City, MI 49094 Branch County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 3.905', W 85° 8.212'

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Union City Heritage Water Trail

Late in the seventeenth century, early French voyageurs made use of the entire length of the St. Joe in their push westward. The French built forts on the river at St. Joseph (1679) and Niles (1691) as strongholds for the fur trade. A memoir to the French Govt. in 1718 described the St. Joe Valley: "Tis a spot the best adapted of any to be seen for purposes of living. It is the richest district in all the country." There was a French trading post established near this spot in Union City. The proprietor did a brisk business exchanging calico, blankets, guns, powder and brandy for fur with the large number of Native Americans in the area. It is unclear how long it lasted, but after its abandonment there was an extended period of time when no settlers came into the vicinity. The first settler in the area, John Clawson, from Lagrange County, Indiana,established a small trading post near the same spot and began to barter with the Native Americans. Even though he was successful, he did not remain here long.
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Marker Number18
Placed ByUnion City Heritage Water Trail
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at 11:43am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 654145 N 4658681
Decimal Degrees42.06508333, -85.13686667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 3.905', W 85° 8.212'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 3' 54.3" N, 85° 8' 12.72" W
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Area Code(s)517
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2-98 Palmer Dr, Union City MI 49094, US
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