“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hillsdale in Hillsdale County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)


Hillsdale Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 10, 2010
1. Hillsdale Marker
Inscription. The plat for the village of Hillsdale was filed in July, 1839, though the first settlement probably occurred a few years previously. Before that time this area had been inhabited mainly by a band of Potawatomi Indians led by their chief, Baw Beese. Jonesville was the first county seat, but Hillsdale gained this distinction in 1843 due to its more central location and the completion of the Michigan Southern Railroad to the town. The first Hillsdale County Fair was held on this site in 1851. Hillsdale College opened for classes in November, 1855, and the city received its charter in April, 1869.
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S0294.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 41° 55.266′ N, 84° 37.909′ W. Marker is in Hillsdale, Michigan, in Hillsdale County. Marker is at the intersection of Howell Street and McCollum Street, on the left when traveling south on Howell Street. Click for map. This marker is 1 block west of North Broad Street (State Highway 99). Marker is at or near this postal address: 29 North Howell Street, Hillsdale MI 49242, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this
Hillsdale County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 10, 2010
2. Hillsdale County Courthouse
The Hillsdale marker is at the northwest corner of the Hillsdale County Courthouse property.
marker, measured as the crow flies. Sultana (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Anthony's Catholic Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Peter's Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); College Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Will Carleton Poor House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hillsdale College (approx. 0.8 miles away); Grosvenor House (approx. 4.4 miles away); Grace Episcopal Church (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hillsdale.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 634 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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