Native American History

Native American History

Indigenous to this area, Native Americans have lived in present-day Michigan for thousands of years. Drawn to the Rouge River and the mastodons that lived close by, from about 10,000 BC to 400 AD Native Americans thrived on this land as hunters and gatherers. They called the well-known Michigan river “mishqua sibe” or “Minosagoink,” which translated to “Singeing Skin River, a place where game was dressed.”

Natural History

Bennett Arboretum

Bennett Arboretum is filled with natural historic wonders. Before it was populated with trees and other greenery, thousands of years ago, it and all of Michigan were completely covered in snow. The snowfall was so abundant and unrelenting that older snow under the new snow would freeze and turn into ice. These ice sheets, or glaciers, were up to a mile thick (that’s approximately 5,280 feet of ice). Wondering why we aren’t skiing over glacial sheets to get to and from work every day? The glaciers melted thousands of years ago.

Bennett Arboretum

Bennett Arboretum is filled with natural historic wonders. Before it was populated with trees and other greenery, thousands of years ago, it and all of Michigan were completely covered in snow. The snowfall was so abundant and unrelenting that older snow under the new snow would freeze and turn into ice. These ice sheets, or glaciers, were up to a mile thick (that’s approximately 5,280 feet of ice). Wondering why we aren’t skiing over glacial sheets to get to and from work every day? The glaciers melted thousands of years ago.

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