The Story of Us...

Ecorse Historical Society's office is located at:

Albert B. Buday Civic Center

3869 W Jefferson Ave

2nd Floor

Ecorse, MI 48229

(313) 386-2520  Ext. 4


Iris Morgan, Chair

Dana Hughes, Secretary

Charles Hunter, Treasurer

Pamela Holmes-Hill

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Our monthly meetings have been cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic.  Stay well & stay safe. 

Let's rewind to the last two decades of the 18th century, the area that would eventually become Ecorse, was originally a Native American burial ground before being settled by the French and named Riviere Aux Echorches which means, in English, The River of the Barks". 

In 1827, the Michigan Territorial Legislature created the Township of Ecorse 10 years before Michigan became a state.  When Ecorse Township was first created, it covered 54 square miles of land running from the Detroit River to Taylor, Michigan.

Logging was quite important to the people of Ecorse as the industry contributed to most of the jobs during the early years.

In the 1900's steel became a huge factor in our community and on July 5, 1923 Michigan Steel Mill opened with a then jaw dropping 500 employees which, of course, grew as time went on.

Ecorse officially became a city on September 19, 1941 and adopted the city charter September 19, 1942. 

Just a reminder...

In compliance with mandates issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and respectfully recognized by Mayor Lamar C. Tidwell regarding social distancing and gatherings during this COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Memorial Day celebration has been canceled.

The Ecorse Historical Society humbly thanks all who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces and their families for the supreme sacrifice. Remember: All gave some, some gave all.

Chairperson, Iris Morgan, encourages veterans to still register for an acknowledgement at a later date. Stay well, stay safe and we hope to see you May 31, 2021


Visit our "Projects" page & learn how you can help!

Ecorse Veterans/Families of Ecorse Veterans - Click below to register for the Memorial Day Celebration.  The service scheduled for Monday, May 25, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Dingell Park War Memorial on the waterfront has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ecorse, the oldest downriver community, was the site of many critical battles from the French and Indian War through the War of 1812 as French and English settlers forged new homes in the Michigan wilderness. By 1827, the scattering of settlers had developed into a small community, and the township of Ecorse was formed. During the Prohibition era, the peaceful riverfront was transformed into hideouts for rumrunners and other nefarious lawbreakers. From a prosperous shipbuilding industry to a championship rowing club and the Detroit River runs made by the Bob-Lo boats, Ecorse's maritime history is one that continues to engage residents and impel the community forward.

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Ecorse Historical Society

Albert B. Buday Civic Center

3869 W Jefferson Ave. - 2nd Fl.

Conference Rm.  B

Ecorse, MI  48229

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Ecorse Community Events Committee

Albert B. Buday Civic Center

3869 W. Jefferson Ave. - 2nd Fl.

Conference Rm. B

Ecorse, MI  48229

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Ecorse Public Library Commission

Ecorse Public Library

4184 W. Jefferson Ave

Ecorse, MI  48229

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City of Ecorse - Mayor/Council

Albert B. Buday Civic Center

3869 W Jefferson Ave. 2nd Fl.

Council Chambers

Ecorse, MI  48229

Next Meeting:

June 2, 2020 - 7:30 - 9:00 pm

June 16, 2020 - 7:30 - 9:00 pm

June 30, 2020 - 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Virtual - Visit City of Ecorse website for instructions on how to join City Council meetings.

Click on the calendar below for a preview or click on the "Community Calendar" tab for the expanded view!

Just a reminder...

City of Ecorse government offices, including the Ecorse Historical Society, will be closed to the public until further notice. Please visit respective websites for updates and information.

Meeting at the Duckett Center, Ecorse Presbyterian Church (year unknown).

SOURCE: Kathy Warnes PhD. , from book: Ecorse Along the River

The Ecorse Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and your gift may qualify as a charitable deduction for Federal Income Tax purposes. Donors should consult their tax advisers or the IRS to determine whether a contribution is deductible. 


The Ecorse Historical Society will not trade, share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.

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