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Founded in 1785, Monroe is a community that has a shared vision that seeks to balance the opportunities of economic development with the stewardship that is required for historic preservation. Monroe is located about 17-miles north of Toledo, Ohio and about 35-miles south of Detroit and is also the county seat of Monroe County.
Monroe’s location on the west shore of Lake Erie and its River Raisin made it a natural crossroads for food and transportation that attracted the Potawatomi Tribe of Indians who first lived here. Later, French missionaries, fur trappers, and settlers came for the same reasons. Residents and visitors today continue to find Monroe to be a welcoming crossroads of historic and natural treasures. The city is home to the River Raisin National Battlefield Park, a War of 1812 site.
Besides being home to many historical sites and legendary figures, such as
George Armstrong Custer, Julius Sterling Morton, and many others, Monroe has many beautiful natural resources which our citizens can enjoy year round. Our waterside parks are the perfect backdrop to family gatherings and concerts. A sunset walk along the Mark G. Worrell Memorial Trail as it turns the corner at Frenchman’s Bend never fails to inspire. Exploring the winding River Raisin Heritage Trail of Sterling State Park out to the shores of Lake Erie is an adventure for all ages.