Algonac and Clay Township (Images of America) by Gary R. Mitchell,Forest Lee Chaney

By Gary R. Mitchell,Forest Lee Chaney

As early as 1615, Frenchmen settled alongside the St. Clair River within the zone referred to now as Algonac and Clay Township to exchange furs with local americans. regardless of Louis XIV�s decision to construct a colonial empire during this zone, the French �fleur-de-lis� was once changed by means of the British Union Jack in 1760 after which by means of the yankee �Stars and Stripes� in 1783, making it one of many few areas in Michigan to have flown the flags of 3 international locations. Following the decline of the fur exchange, 3 significant industries�lumber, boatbuilding, and salt production�provided pioneers with the capability to accumulate fortunes. via the nineteenth century, Algonac and Clay Township had produced forty seven sailboats and 26 steamboats, together with the 221-ton steamer Philo Parsons in 1861; this massive vessel was once captured by way of Confederates in 1864 in the course of the Civil warfare. The sector is usually well-known for Gar Wood�s pass over the United States boats and Chris Smith�s Chris-Craft boat company.

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