Lake St. Clair (Lac Sainte Claire) Historical

Lake St. Clair (Lac Sainte Claire) Historical (HM1XMW)

Location: Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081 Macomb County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 29.71', W 82° 53.335'

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French explorers discovered and named Lake Saint Clair on August 12, 1679. Among the party of 34 men were voyageur Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle and Roman Catholic friar Father Louis Hennepin. Aboard the Griffon, the first sailing vessel on the Upper Lakes, the group sailed from the Niagara Falls area on August 7, 1679, and entered the Detroit River on August 11. They reached Lake Saint Clair the following day and named it Lac Sainte Claire in honor of Sainte Claire of Assisi whose feast day fell at that time. It was Sainte Claire who established the order of Franciscan nuns, the Order of the Poor Claires. Government officials and mapmakers later changed the spelling to the present form of Saint Clair. This led to some confusion as to the true origin of the name of the lake.
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HM NumberHM1XMW
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Year Placed1979
Placed ByMichigan History Division, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 344780 N 4706485
Decimal Degrees42.49516667, -82.88891667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 29.71', W 82° 53.335'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 29' 42.6" N, 82° 53' 20.1" W
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Area Code(s)586, 810
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 27504 Jefferson Ave, Saint Clair Shores MI 48081, US
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