“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Ottawa County Michigan Historical Markers

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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2015
Central School Marker
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — L1655 — Central School
The first Central School was built in 1871. The Grand Haven Tribune hailed the belfry-topped school as the "finest in the state" and "the pride of every citizen of Grand Haven." The newspaper blamed arsonists for burning the school on May 5, . . . — Map (db m89379) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — Escanaba Memorial Park
Grand Haven remembers and honors the United States Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba at Escanaba Memorial Park. Based in Grand Haven from 1932 to 1942, the Escanaba embarked on many Great Lakes rescue and ice-breaking missions. The vessel left for service . . . — Map (db m88819) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — Escanaba Park City of Grand Haven Parks & Recreation
Text on the Front Side of the Marker: City of Grand Haven Escanaba Park Parks & Recreation Text on the Back Side of the Marker: Originally named John Kelly Park, the name of the park was changed . . . — Map (db m88900)
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — S0289 — Grand Haven
This town began as a trading post established by Rix Robinson in the 1820s. Robinson, an agent for the American Fur Company, used this as one of his leading western Michigan posts. The Reverend William M. Ferry came here in 1834 from Mackinac to . . . — Map (db m89132) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival
Grand Haven treasures its relationship with the United States Coast Guard, and the annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival is a celebrated tradition. What started in 1924 as a picnic and rowing competition among Coast Guard personnel has become a . . . — Map (db m88933) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — L0785 — Grand Trunk Depot
This depot was constructed in 1870 as the western terminus of the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee Railroad. The line was later owned by the Grand Trunk Western Railroad. The station served Grand Haven as a passenger depot until passenger service . . . — Map (db m88965) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — Grand Trunk Western Bridge Approach Signal
This signal for many years guarded the east-end approach to the Grand Trunk Western Swing Bridge over the entrance to the Spring Lake channel. This electrified signal with its colored lights indicated to the engineer of the train whether the . . . — Map (db m4786) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — Grand Trunk Western Standard Coaling Tower
Built in 1925 by Ogle Construction Co. of Chicago. Illinois. All ladders, stairways and other steel hardware were stripped from the tower when it was removed from operation in the early 1950's. In use, a hopper car of coal was spottedover . . . — Map (db m4780) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — Grand Trunk Western, Wood Caboose No. 77915
This caboose of the Grand Trunk of Canada was of the 1894 design and was transferred to the Grand Trunk Western. Early car department records indicate that it was rebuilt in 1925. This all-wood caboose was used by the conductor as a . . . — Map (db m4781) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — L1308 — Highland Park Association
Side 1 On May 10, 1886, the city of Grand Haven leased 60 acres of land to the newly founded and incorporated Highland Park Association for the purpose of establishing a resort community. Most of the 51 original members of the Association were . . . — Map (db m89252) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — In Memory of the Coast Guard Men and Women
In Memory of those Coast Guard Men and Women around the world that served at sea, on land and in the air during all of our country's conflicts since our founding in 1790. More especially to those extraordinary Coast Guard heroes that . . . — Map (db m88858) WM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — L1751 — Khardomah Lodge / Susan Hill Yerkes
Khardomah Lodge In 1873 lumberman James Brayton built a cottage here, which he and his wife named "Khardomah Lodge." Susan Hill Yerkes bought the property in 1919, adding thirteen rooms and converting the cottage to a summer hotel, thus . . . — Map (db m89164) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — Pere Marquette Auto Box Car No 72222
Built in December, 1946 by the Ralston Steel Car Co. in Columbus, Ohio. It was used for transportation of automobile parts, furniture, and general merchandise. Later it was retired from service and used as a storage car in the Chesapeake . . . — Map (db m4783) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — Pere Marquette Caboose No. A-986
Built in November, 1941 by the St. Louis Car Company of St. Louis, Missouri. The caboose was truly a rolling office, complete with a coal stove, ice box, drinking water tank, sink and sleeping bunks. The conductor used desk space provided . . . — Map (db m4782) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — Pere Marquette Steam Locomotive No. 1223 Class N-1, 2-8-4 Berkshire Type
Built by the Lima Locomotive Works, Lima, Ohio in November 1941. The boiler number is 7837. This is one of two surviving steam engines of its type that were used in fast freight service between Chicago, Saginaw, Detroit and Toledo. Engine 1223 . . . — Map (db m4785) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — 1831 — Shipwrecks and the Coast Guard / The Escanaba
Text on the Front Side: Shipwrecks and the Coast Guard In Autumn 1929 raging storms sank four ships on Lake Michigan between Grand Haven and Milwaukee. Two went down with all hands - a total of seventy-seven men. The . . . — Map (db m88945) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — The Boardwalk
The Grand River riverfront has been many things. It was a bustling gateway to Lake Michigan for lumber and shipping in the 1800s. After years of neglect, in the 1950s it gained new life as a vital part of Grand Haven's downtown. In the early 1980s . . . — Map (db m88811) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — To The Enlisted Men of the United States Coast Guard
Text from the Top Plaque: To The Enlisted Men of the United States Coast Guard Who Have Given Their Lives In Line of Duty on Lake Michigan This Memorial is Respectfully . . . — Map (db m88893)
Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L1780 — Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church
In 1865, The Holland Church, the city's first Christian Reformed congregation, was founded. In 1866 the group bought this lot on what was then Market Street and moved a school here to use as a church. The following year the congregation built a new . . . — Map (db m67736) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — 89 — Dutch in Michigan
On February 9, 1847, the Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte and a band of Hollanders founded the city of Holland. Within two years the other four original colonies--Graafschap, Zeeland, Vriesland, Overisel--had also been established. Plagued by illness . . . — Map (db m55403) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L551 — Holland City Hall and Firehouse No. 2
The city of Holland bought this lot in 1882, and contractor James Huntley began construction of a fire hall the next year. Completed in 1884, the building housed Holland's city offices and library until 1912 and served as a fire hall until 1978. . . . — Map (db m68221) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L0394 — Holland Harbor Lighthouse / Holland Harbor
(side 1) Holland Harbor Lighthouse The first lighthouse built at this location was a small, square wooden structure erected in 1872. In 1880 the lighthouse service installed a new light atop a metal pole in a protective cage. The oil . . . — Map (db m41967) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — 2027 — Holland Post Office
In 1848, in response to pressure from the settlers of Holland, the U.S. Congress created the community's first post office, with Henry D. Post as postmaster. Originally named Black River, the Holland post office relocated to rented quarters several . . . — Map (db m64907) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — HB37 — Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church
Side 1 Dedicated on June 25, 1856, this church was built under the leadership of the Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder and the first pastor of the Holland colony. Jacobus Schrader designed the Greek Revival style building using native . . . — Map (db m89287) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — L1134 — The Cappon House / Isaac Cappon
Isaac Cappon Isaac Cappon (1830 - 1902) emigrated from the Netherlands to the United States in 1847. After a brief stay in Rochester, New York, he came to Michigan's Holland Colony in 1848. Here he worked as a laborer in a local tannery. In 1857 . . . — Map (db m89286) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Holland — HB49 — Third Reformed Church
Side 1: Under the leadership of the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of the Holland colony, the Third Reformed Church was organized on September 9, 1867. The first house of worship, measuring 90' long, 56' wide, and 32' high, was . . . — Map (db m67571) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Macatawa — L394 — Holland Harbor / Holland Harbor Lighthouse
(Side 1) Holland Harbor When seeking a location for his Netherlands emigrant followers in 1847, the Reverend A.C. Van Raalte was attracted by the potential of using Black Lake (Lake Macatawa) as a harbor. However, the lake's . . . — Map (db m67577) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Spring Lake — L1302 — Aloys Bilz House
Constructed 1872 — Map (db m88981) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Spring Lake — L0640 — DeWitt School
Built in 1891, DeWitt School typifies the one-room schools of the turn of the century. It stands on an acre of land that was donated by the DeWitt and Bosch families. Classes for grades one through eight were held in it until 1957. At one time, a . . . — Map (db m89161) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Spring Lake — S0714 — Winsor McCay
Side 1 Winsor McCay (c.1867-1934), a pioneer in cartoon animation, first received acclaim for his artwork as a pupil in Spring Lake's Union School. His blackboard sketch of the 1880 wreck of the SS Alpena inspired a photographer to . . . — Map (db m88985) HM

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