Ecorse: Along the Detroit River

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French explorers called the Ecorse River the "river of bark," or Ecorces, because the Huron Indians who lived in the villages surrounding it wrapped their dead in the bark of the birch trees that grew along its banks. White pioneers settled on French ribbon farms along the Detroit River, and a small village called Grandport sprang up where the Ecorse River met the Detroit River. By 1836, Grandport, now known as Ecorse, had grown into a fishing and farming center, and, by the 1900s Ecorse had gained fame as a haven for bootleggers during Prohibition, an important shipbuilding center, and the home of several championship rowing teams.
ISBN: 9781467112093
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 212
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kathy Covert Warnes grew up in Ecorse along the Ecorse and Detroit Rivers. She strives to record the varied history of her hometown before it disappears into community mergers and historical amnesia. Much of Ecorse's history can only be found in the archives of the now-defunct Ecorse Advertiser, in scattered manuscripts, and in the memories of older citizens. John Duguay and Morris “Sandy” Blakeman were two Ecorse photographers who accumulated a photographic record of Ecorse from the 1950s through the 1970s. Many of their photographs are featured in Images of America: Ecorse.
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