Apple Orchard LbNA # 31872
|Placed Date||Jun 11 2007|
Long ago in Michigan there lived a diminutive Chief of a mixed band of Ottawa and Chippewa. This Chief was a nephew of Pontiac, Chief of the Chippewa. He was badly scarred in battle with a particularly deep scar on his forehead - some said you could lay three fingers in it! Early settlers in the area also reported that he had a deep sword gash in his back that never healed. His name translates to ‘Little Chief,’ which may have referred to his 5 foot frame or his position as a Chief of a lesser band. Eventually he and many other Chiefs signed a peace treaty with Lewis Cass, Territorial Governor of Michigan, which he faithfully kept for the remainder of his days. Ironically, during his absence his band was all but eradicated by the white man, not on the battlefield, but by a smallpox epidemic they contracted through their dealings with the settlers.
Many mid-Michigan streets honor him and one town changed its name in 1859, a year after his death, from Hamilton to its current name to pay tribute to him. One school in Michigan erected a marker which reads:
Erected to the memory of Chief ******
Whose tribe once occupied the grounds
Upon which this school stands
“Brave in Battle”
“Wise in Council”
“Honorable in Peace”
Go to the ‘City of Two Rivers’ and find the road that bears his name. Follow it to his final resting place in Shimnicon (Apple Orchard). This is a narrow and winding road so please drive slowly and carefully. A guide stands ready to point the way. Take the short walk to visit his grave, be sure to bring along plenty of mosquito repellent, and take note of the many old apple trees still present.
Go east past his burial site to stand where he once stood and enjoy the ‘grand’ view.
Go south a ways to where 5 stately towers guard a ravine and there you shall find what you seek.
Note: Please wear bright orange during hunting season.