Much of the western end of Lake Erie was marshland, which made the land subject to flooding and an area to be avoided for building a settlement.
A prior history of Monroe states “The presence of the marsh barrier between the City and Lake Erie was probably the single greatest influence upon Monroe’s development.” In 1784 American forces Colonel and Frenchman Francois (Francis) Navarre was the first known European to come to Monroe.
French Claims are narrow parcels of land that extend inland north and south from the banks of the River Raisin.
The result of competing and sometimes confusing government policies toward the Indians clashed with native way of life on a grassy ridge next to the valley of Montana’s Little Bighorn River.
On June 25-26, 1876, Lieutenant Colonel Custer led 262-U. Army cavalry soldiers and scouts in battle against a force of more than 1,500 warriors of the Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes.
That year La Salle sailed east-to-west across Lake Erie aboard the first sailing vessel on the Great Lakes, the .
Because of the area’s abundance of food and easy transport found along the River Raisin and Lake Erie, there probably were people who used Monroe as either a crossroads, camp site, or village for many hundreds of years before the first European explorers visited the area.
909 W Main St Monroe, WA 98272 (425) 339-9333 Located across from the police station.