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Around 1732, the Wyandot Indians or Native Americans followed Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac and his French troops to Detroit, Michigan. Their tribes settled down and made their homes along the banks of the Detroit River. It served as an ideal place for the Wyandot Indians; they had easy road access clean drinking water, and fertile ground for agricultural planting. The river provides the tribe good fish harvest, and access to Canada to communicate with their families and friends who chose to settle down in the Amherstburg region.

The Many Treaties of Wyandot

Not only had they developed a perfect place for their civilization to thrive, they also had a safe sanctuary from their enemies. The Wyandot Indians had deep old growth forests, separated from other tribes, and friendly relationships with white man. All of its government affairs took place in its Main Village called Gibraltar. The French called it “Maquaqua” or “Monguagon” as it serves as the headquarters for the Council House, Achieves, and International Council Fires.

The “Walk-in-the-Water” expression was derived from the Monguagon village’s turtle totem sign.  Established in a spacious lodge outside the village, later known as the west side of Biddle Avenue with its direction from north of Trenton. They lived in a peaceful community along with several white farmers exchanging trade and industry.

Wyandotte

However, due to intervening colonial wars, the Wyandot Indians were forced to sign a treaty agreement with the Potawatomi to war against the English. But a few years later, the government created several new treaties which made them move farther west. There, they built memorable houses, develop the land, and studied several simple types of equipment to enhance farming. In 1818, the government granted them4,996 acres (20 km2) of land on the Huron River through another treaty.

Their history made Wyandotte one of the most interesting places for a history buff to visit. With such rich background and multicultural influences, Wyandotte is someplace that’s full of surprises. Here are some of the best places to visit in the area.

The House of George P. MacNichol

Also known as the George P. MacNichol House, the state of Michigan designated the place as a Historic Site in 1973 and was listed as a National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Located at 2610 Biddle Avenue in Wyandotte, Michigan it shows different exhibits and meeting venue of locals.

Edward Ford, the son of the glass pioneer John Baptiste Ford hired Malcomson& Higginbotham in 1896. He wanted to build a luxurious home as a wedding gift for his daughter, Laura on her marriage to George P. MacNichol. MacNichol was a former medical doctor and a researcher for the improvement and advantage of both the Ford Plate Glass Company and the Michigan Alkali Company. The couple lived for seven years in the house before leaving to Toledo to be closer to their families.

The house was later purchased by a lawyer, Jeremiah Drennen. But in the 1970s, Yvonne Latta bought the house and was later acquired by the city of Wyandotte.

Uniroyal Giant Tire

The Uniroyal Giant Tire was the world’s largest non-production tire scale model ever made. Used a Ferris Wheel in New York during the 1960s, it was later relocated to Allen Park, Michigan along Interstate 94 for public display. Measuring 80 feet (24.4 m), 83 feet (25.3 m), and 86 feet (26.2 m) tall in the structures it can be seen between the Southfield Freeway interchange and Outer Drive overpass. The massive Uniroyal Giant Tire weighs about 12 short tons (11 t), is anchored in 24 feet (7.3 m) of concrete and steel, and can withstand hurricane-force winds.

The Lincoln Park in Michigan

Stretching about 27 acres it’s the main park in Wyandotte City.  Located at near the cities of Wyandotte and Ecorse, the park has a 1.9 mile of running and jogging track along with baseball diamonds and two soccer fields.  It’s a perfect place to spend a day of a picnic with plenty of shades and benches. Let the children play in its different playgrounds lined completely with restrooms and storages.

Pottery Creations

Develop the children’s imagination with art. This place offers pottery painting for kids and their parents to enjoy. It’s another fun time to bond with the kids over the weekends. There are a lot of pottery, travel mugs, and banks for everyone to play with. Choices vary from cookie jars, wine goblets, tooth fairy boxes, piggy banks, fan pulls, flower pots, even plates, and platters. Staffs are always friendly and helpful especially when supervising little ones.

Diamond Jack’s River Tours

To know more of the Wyandotte and nearby cities, a tour boat will serve best. It’s highly relaxing to see all of the sites while onboard a fund and enjoyable ambiance. Most locals recommend going to these tour boats that leaves in one Downriver and another in Detroit.  The tours go over Lake Sinclair and Downriver from Wyandotte to Canada. Get to see the original “Vernors” and the “Manoogian” mansion. Staffs are well informed about the rich history of Wyandotte and surrounding cities.

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