This massive rock with the words FORT ST JOSEPH carved into it sits along the St. Joseph River. It is in a park south of Niles. The historical marker next to it reads:
The French fort built here in 1691 controlled southern Michigan’s principal Indian trade routes. Missionaries and fur traders were here already. The fort became a British outpost in 1761. Two years later it was one of the forts seized by Indians during the uprising of Chief Pontiac. Still later, traders made it their headquarters. In 1781, Spanish raiders ran up the flag of Spain at the fort for a few hours.
The British maintained the fort until after the United States victory in the Northwest Indian War and the signing of Jay’s Treaty in 1795. This settled the northern border. After the British abandoned the fort, it fell into ruin and was overtaken by forest. The massive rock was placed as a marker for the fort and dedicated on July 4, 1913.
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