all who wander are not lost

While it may be true that not shots have ever been fired FROM the fort in anger, sure dont mean shots have never been fired in anger AT the fort – hahahaha !

One of the living quarters, with the obligatory Flickr guy next to it.

An actual American Indian burial ground. This cemetery style is called a “mound”, and the remains are layed to rest in layers. This is legally a cemetery, and is holy ground to native Americans. Apparently some of the residents of the mound got to go away to school at University of Michigan. Not on a scholarship though, to be studied. Let’s hope those folks are returned one day to this cemetery.

I believe this is the Nailhed dormer discussed in the comments of the prior post.

The Post Theater.

Nailhed, what is the story behind this piece ? Amazing ! Which building was it from ? City Hall ??

Nice views (and smells) from the Zug Island blast furnaces.

8 Responses to Fort Wayne part two

  • Very cool Rob – I will make sure Nailhed sees this, and he is the person who could put you in touch with the people who would very much want to talk to you, I am sure.

  • Have over 30 years in the repair and renovation of period and historic properties, would look forward to working on any of these structures..

  • no i dont give tours i just do grounds work

  • Hey, “Nailhed”, are you giving the tours?
    Our guy was late 50’s, shorter, with silver-rimmed glasses…

  • lol, my “cellphone” ;D fuck cellphones, haha
    switched dialtone 4ever!

    oh yeah four of the better statues from Old City Hall have been sitting in a small park at WSU for quite some time. the rest of the statuary was still sitting amongst the trees on the berm of the Fort.

    and yes, as to the indian mound, inside the fence it was left to go wild out of respect for the spirits of the dead, and will never be influenced by the hand of man again. likewise, anything growing out of that area we do not touch either; ie, we will not do any edging around that immediate part of the sidewalk. personally i find the mound extremely cool, and i hold it in awe and reverence. also, i am perfectly happy to have an area i DONT have to clean up, haha.
    did you notice the fence along the west side of the mound? there are lots of little prayer bundles tied to the fence.

    often europeans (and those who would ignorantly subscribe to the same mentality) scoff at the fact that america has no “ancient” ruins, and america is not “old” the way europe is, and that this somehow implies a lack of character or history to this country. i laugh at this…the Hopewell/Aanishinabe people were here as early as possibly 5,000 yrs ago and have left ruins all over michigan.

    and yes, after the ’67 Riot, the Fort housed the refugees from the fires.

  • HOT HOT !

    I knew that bell was something awesome. Aint been rung since the year JFK died. Amazing. Made 5 years after Lincoln died.

    Yes, I remember the DetroitBlog post when you guys went back there. I thought about it but had no idea where to look. I went to call you on your cell phone….lol

    I have a post someplace of the statues from City Hall, they are/were on WSU campus near the St Andrews church along a bank of bushes.

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  • Our tour guide took us to the Indian mound and said the really overgrown, brushy state is what the Indians wanted…to us Westerners, it looks unkempt, but these guys/gals have a different outlook…
    He said the ‘officers row’ was used during the 67 riots to hold dis-placed people, and then some stayed on for years!

  • yes, that bell came from Detroit City Hall, and was last sounded in 1963.

    have you been back in the woods between the Fort and the Army Corps of Engineers facility where the other pieces of Old City Hall are laying? there used to be statuary as well, but they have been reclaimed by the DHS and are under restoration IIRC. it was all dumped there to rot in the ’60s, and a forest grew up around it. the detroitblog guy and i went back there a few years ago. the cornerstone is still sitting there along with some other goodies.

    also, yes, you found the window i was talking about :D

    in your 2nd pic, you’ve got Blg 103. lol, i busted my ass ripping the grapevine off that stupid fucker last year and cutting back the other BS that was taking it over…haha, the pile is still sitting there cause i couldnt grab it up; i figured let it rot a little thatll make it easier to pick up later (hahaha). earlier this year we carved up the foliage that was on Blg 101 (to the left). those blgs will prolly be knocked down like the old hospital was, but i hope we can save at least one. i hate grapevine with a passion…impossible to deal with. at least we got the river hedge trimmed back to the proper 4ft height now.

    you mentioned the Indian Mound…turns out i overheard Tom discussing this with someone last night. 2 weeks ago we (he) learned that the indian mound in fact extends 10-12 feet outside the fenced area, and that human remains are still there. he said that there are currently plans in the works to get the remains back from U of M…there were 28 people removed from the mound; only 27 went to U of M–the other went to Canada, and they are also trying to get that back as well. the plan is to rebury these remains, extend the fence up to the pear-tree line, and deed it back to the tribes. the pear trees, the ones in the area between Blg 112 & 113, are actual descendents of the ones planted by the French in the 1700s…i think thats how they eventually deduced that the burial mound in fact extended further north. there is a spot i can show you in that area where they found a buried remnant of a stone foundation that was dated to the era when that property was a Pottawattomie village with a French trading post. that’s what the “experts” say, anyway…i just cut the grass :D

    …well, everywhere except around the Indian Mound. there’s a lot of superstition about that…

    you know another interesting factoid i also learned was that there used to be multiple mounds, but during the War, the army bulldozed them all into one mound.