In June 2010 I visited the town that bills itself as "the adopted hometown" of General George Armstrong Custer. I made the decision to go in mid-2009 after receiving an email from a museum staffer in Monroe who had visited CusterLives.com and liked the site. He informed me of the 100th anniversary dedication of the Sighting The Enemy Statue and I was sold!
The early summer climate was wonderful. Lots of sunshine and perfect days with temperatures in the mid-70's. I found the townspeople to be wonderful and extremely friendly. Even when I drove in rush hour traffic, the other drivers were courteous and well behaved. The city was very clean and I was amazed at how clean the parks were with one exception. Prices and taxes were very reasonable.
I sampled lots of home cooking in many of the mom and pops restaurants and was never disappointed. Most of the regular chain restaurants are there, but there is just something I love about the small independent restaurants. My room was just on the outside of Monroe but navigating was easy and I was downtown in five to seven minutes. I didn't bring my bicycle because of my recent cancer surgery about ten weeks prior. Monroe is perfect to ride in and many of the sites are close together. When, not if, I go back I shall certainly bring my bike along. My only disappointment during my stay was the absence of the Tecumseh Historical Marker. Being one quarter Shawnee I was looking really forward to it. When I inquired about it I was told it was being refurbished and not stolen or vandalized.
Monroe was founded in 1785 and is Michigan's third oldest community. Monroe was incorporated in 1817 and is the county seat of Monroe County. Monroe currently has about 23,000 inhabitants. Being only about thirty miles south of Detroit, Monroe was of strategic importance during the War of 1812. Monroe is also home to the National Register of Historic Places War of 1812 River Raisin Battlefield.