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Grosse Ile Naval Air Station

The Grosse Ile Naval Air Station was, at the time of its operation, located on the southern tip of the island of Grosse Ile in the Detroit River.  Although this air station is relatively unknown it played a major part…

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Nike Missile Defense System, Site D-06

The Utica Nike Missile Defense site D-06 was part of the most important defense network in America. That network of Nike Missile ranges was tasked with the protection of the Detroit area from Soviet planes carrying nuclear weapons. This article…

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Montgomery C. Meigs and Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is often associated with the American Civil War as the starting point for many Michigan regiments that went South. It is not often associated with one man’s personal vendetta against Robert E. Lee. Fort Wayne was built in…

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Michigan Abolitionist George DeBaptiste

  George DeBaptiste was a prominent abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad in his home in Detroit, Michigan. DeBaptiste was a catalyst for the American Civil War working with other nationally known abolitionists like John Brown, famous for his…

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Fort Wayne Detroit’s Star Fort

“This fort, when in good repair and well mounted, could be held by one thousand good and true men against ten times the number of like material.”[1]. Found south of the Ambassador Bridge lies Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne. This five-point…

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Fort Detroit and the Surrender of Detroit

Fort Detroit would prove to be an important location for a series of attacks against the British during the War of 1812. The fort however would be put under the command of a General who would end up surrendering the…

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The History of Fort Wayne(Detroit)

    Before the Construction of Fort Wayne The history of the future site of Fort Wayne extends much further back than the simple mapping and surveying of the area.  Natives Americans had been living in the area for many…

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Fort Malden, Gateway to the Upper Great Lakes

Photo Courtesy Parks Canada Shown above is the partially restored Fort Malden, currently the location of the Fort Malden National Historic Site Museum. On the right is the restored estate house, which was built after the Fort’s closing in the…

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Memorial to the Michigan Polar Bears

In mid October 1918,  99 years ago, American soldiers of the 85th Infantry Division were in the far north of Russia, near Kodish, settling in after a joint attack alongside British and Canadian forces to drive off Bolshevik ‘Red’ forces that…

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Richard Simpson, WWII Marine

When the Japanese attacked on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Richard Simpson was only seventeen years old.  Just days after his eighteenth birthday in September of 1942, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and after twelve weeks of basic…

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