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Conner Creek and Red Run connection

April 8, 2014

Delaware Indians, in the mid 1780’s escaping from marauding
American militia, sought refuge along the
Clinton River on land granted by the Chippewa.

Clarence M. Burton the prominent historian stated
“A band of Moravians went to Gnaden-huetten”
(a settlement just west of Mt Clemens
on the bank of the Clinton River)
“in the spring of 1782 to collect corn they
had planted the previous fall.”

A road was needed because the ground
was often too muddy for wagons filled with
grain to be sent to the mill in Detroit.
By 1786 this group of Moravian Indians
had built the first inland road in Michigan
in order to carry their wheat
to the mill on Tremble Creek.

It ran 23 and one half miles from what is now
Southwest Mt. Clemens along the south branch
of the Clinton River, along Red Run,
then heading south along Bear Creek
down what is now Sherwood,
then Southeast along Connor
which was along Tremble’s Creek
now Connor’s Creek to Tremble’s mill.

At the point where 10 mile road crossed
this old trail road; Kunrod’s Corners was
established which eventually lead to the
creation of Center Line.

The trail road is a legacy left to American pioneers
after their tribe had been brutally massacred by the Americans.
The first settlers may have followed this plank road
that the Indians had built along the
Red Run Creek to a higher spot near what is now Mound Road.

Red Run Drain Map Clinton River

Red Run Drain Map Clinton River

Conner Creek Bear Creek Warren

Conner Creek Bear Creek Warren

Conner Creek Bike Path

Conner Creek Bike Path

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