Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve

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Watkins Lake State Park
and County Preserve
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Watkins Lake from Arnold Road
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Location in Michigan
Type Michigan State Park
Location Jackson, Washtenaw counties, Michigan, USA
Nearest city Manchester, Michigan
Coordinates 42°07′47″N84°08′17″W / 42.12972°N 84.13798°W / 42.12972; -84.13798 Coordinates: 42°07′47″N84°08′17″W / 42.12972°N 84.13798°W / 42.12972; -84.13798
Area1,122 acres (454 ha)
Elevation974 feet (297 m) [1]
Established2017
Operated by Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
Website Watkins Lake State Park
and County Preserve

Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve is a combination public recreation area and nature preserve located five miles west of Manchester in Jackson and Washtenaw counties, Michigan. [2] The area occupies a total of 1,122 acres (454 ha), with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources owning 717 acres (290 ha) in Norvell Township, Jackson County, and Washtenaw County owning 405 acres (164 ha) in Manchester Township. [3] Dedicated in 2017, it is under the joint management of the Michigan DNR and the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission. [4] [5] A five-mile former rail corridor runs through the park and into grasslands in the eastern portion of the preserve. [3]

Manchester, Michigan Village in Michigan, United States

Manchester is a village in Manchester Township within Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,091 at the 2010 census.

Jackson County, Michigan County in the United States

Jackson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. Its population was 160,248 as of the 2010 Census. The county seat is Jackson. The county was set off in 1829 and organized in 1832. It is named for U.S. President Andrew Jackson and considered to be one of Michigan's "Cabinet counties", named for members of Jackson's Cabinet.

Washtenaw County, Michigan County in the United States

Washtenaw County is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 344,791. The county seat is Ann Arbor. The county was authorized by legislation in 1822, and was organized as a county in 1826.

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History

The park bears the name of Royal and Sally Carpenter Watkins, the first settlers to farm the area, who are known to have participated in the Underground Railroad in the years leading up to the Civil War. In 2016, the state acquired a portion of their former lands in Norvell Township using $2.9 million from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. [5]

Underground Railroad network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid-19th century, and used by African-American slaves to escape to freedom

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid-1800s, and used by African-American slaves to escape into free states, Canada and Nova Scotia with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. The term is also applied to the abolitionists, both black and white, free and enslaved, who aided the fugitives. Various other routes led to Mexico or overseas. An earlier escape route running south toward Florida, then a Spanish possession, existed from the late 17th century until Florida became a United States territory in 1821. However, the network now generally known as the Underground Railroad was formed in the late 1700s, and it ran north to the free states and Canada, and reached its height between 1850 and 1860. One estimate suggests that by 1850, 100,000 slaves had escaped via the "Railroad".

American Civil War Civil war in the United States from 1861 to 1865

The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865, between the North (Union) and the South (Confederacy). The most studied and written about episode in U.S. history, the Civil War began primarily as a result of the long-standing controversy over the enslavement of black people. War broke out in April 1861 when secessionist forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina shortly after Abraham Lincoln had been inaugurated as the President of the United States. The loyalists of the Union in the North, which also included some geographically western and southern states, proclaimed support for the Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States in the South, who advocated for states' rights to uphold slavery.

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References

  1. "Watkins Lake". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey.
  2. "Watkins Lake State Park". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  3. 1 2 "Watkins Lake State Park & County Preserve". Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  4. DesOrmeau, Taylor (June 17, 2016). "Michigan gets new state park through $2.9 million land purchase". MLive. MLive Media Group. Retrieved January 14, 2017.
  5. 1 2 Swanson, Sara (October 31, 2016). "Watkins Lake State Park & County Preserve dedicated in ribbon-cutting ceremony". The Manchester Mirror. Manchester, Michigan. Retrieved January 14, 2017.