The fourth book in Kit Lane's "Rivers of Michigan" series. The 182-page book deals with the river's history, navigation, natural features, ecology, dams, floods, and fishing. A particularly intriguing part is the extensive mile-by-mile survey of the river's entire 200-mile length, from its start at Baw Beese Lake in Hillsdale County to its end in Lake Michigan at St. Joseph. The survey includes municipalities and their histories, and past and present landmarks. Included are some fascinating characters who lives along the river, from St. Joseph poet Ben King to Native American author Simon Pokagon. There are also many illustrations that include old postcard views, drawings, modern photos, maps drawn for this book, and old maps dating back to French cartography. "A number of things make the St. Joseph River particularly interesting," said Lane, who lives in Douglas. "It was traversed by Europeans beginning in 1672, and it is on its banks that a contingent of soldiers planted the flag of Spain in 1781." That was at old Fort St. Joseph in Niles, giving that area its "Four Flags" name. The fort was governed by France, England, and even briefly by Spain before becoming United States territory. The other books in the series are about the Kalamazoo, Grand, and Raisin rivers.
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Book Description 2010. Unknown Binding. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1877703052