Springwells Township, Michigan
Springwells Township was formed by an act of the territorial governor Lewis Cass on January 5, 1818, but the boundaries were not firmly designated until 1827. The township was named for the many natural springs in the area. Earlier, French explorers had named the area "Belle-Fontaine," French for "Beautiful Fountain." In 1815, the "sand hill at Springwells" was the site of the signing of the Treaty of Springwells, which was attended by future U.S. President William Henry Harrison.
Divided many times, by the 1850s Springwells Township bordered Detroit to its east, Greenfield Township to its north, Redford Township to its northwest, Dearborn Township to its west, Ecorse Township to its south, and the Detroit River to its east.
According to the research of author Richard Bak, there was a series of unsolved deaths in the 1880s that occurred under suspicious circumstances. These events have gone largely forgotten, but stand amongst Wayne County's greatest unsolved crimes of all time. 
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- Bak, Richard (October 2011). "Springwells Murders: The Tragic Curse that Haunted a Family". Hour Detroit.