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Ottawa County Markers
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, 1901, and stated that more than one man would "contribute his services to a lynching bee, if the firebug could be detected." A second school, built on this site in 1902, housed over 600 students in grades kindergarten through twelve. That school . . . — 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 in World War II, and was torpedoed in the North Atlantic on June 13, 1943, with 101 crewmembers lost and 2 surviving. Grand Haven channeled its grief into raising over $1,000,000 in war bonds for a replacement cutter. The Escanaba's original wooden . . . — Map (db m88819) HM
Michigan (Ottawa County), Grand Haven — Escanaba Park City of Grand Haven Parks & Recreation
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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 work with Robinson in developing a town. The Grand Haven Company was formed, and lots were platted and sold. By 1837 the town had more than two hundred inhabitants. A heavy influx of settlers in the 1840s caused the decline of the fur trade. Lumbering . . . — 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 midsummer city-wide gathering of over 350,000 people for food and family-friendly fun. The events are given deeper meaning by the National Coast Guard Memorial Service at Escanaba Park, remembering not only those lost crew members of the . . . — 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 between Detroit and Grand Haven ended in 1955. The city of Grand Haven purchased the property in 1967 and leased the depot to the Tri-Cities Historical Society. The rehabilitated structure was reopened as a historical museum in 1972. — 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 bridge was open to water traffic or closed and lined up for railroad and was safe to bring the train across the bridge. The tracks and swing bridge were removed in 1970's. The signal was donated by the Village of Spring Lake to the City of Grand Haven in 1981. — 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 the pit, under the arches, the bottom hopper doors were opened and the coal dropped by gravity from the car into the pit where a bucket hoisted the coal to the storage bin at the top of the tower. The attached concrete shed contained the power . . . — 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 rolling office, complete with desk and chair to prepare his paperwork. The rear brakeman sat in the seat in the cupola to watch over the train while it was in motion. Typically, the caboose was outfitted with a coal or wood stove, ice box, drinking water . . . — 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 prominent local businessmen; however in its first century of maintaining the park, the Association expanded to include cottage owners from across North America. Their cottages are nestled on Nipissing Age dunes and among hardwood forests . . . — 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 made the ultimate sacrifice during military action. "Semper Paratus" 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 beginning Khardomah's history as part of Grand Haven's tourism industry. From 1938 to 1984, the lodge was owned by Jennie Smith and her daughter Helen Unger. Families from as far away as St. Louis and Little Rock returned to Khardomah each summer. . . . — 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 and Ohio freight yard in Saginaw, Michigan. It is presently used by the restoration crew members as a workshop, tool shed and equipment storage. Donated by the Chessie System and restored by the West Michigan Railroad Historical Society of . . . — 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 to do his paper work and the rear brakeman sat in the cupola to watch over the train while it was in motion. This car was equipped with the unique "Duryea Cushioned Underframe". This caboose was at one time used on the nightly "Cannonball" . . . — 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 was retired from service on December 31, 1951, and was donated to the State of Michigan where it was placed on display at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. In 1981 after falling in disrepair, the State of Michigan accepted competitive bids with the . . . — 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 cargo ship Andaste departed Grand Haven for Chicago on September 9 and sank with her twenty-five man crew south of Holland. The car ferry Milwaukee sank enroute to Grand Haven on October 22 with a crew of fifty-two. Coast Guard personnel . . . — 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 the riverfront was transformed by coordinated plans of the community and the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Boardwalk opened in 1984 for the 150th anniversary of Grand Haven's founding. The Boardwalk has become a treasured way to experience the riverfront for residents and visitors. — 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 Dedicated by the City of Grand Haven, Michigan August-4-1940 Text from the Bottom Plaque: In Memory of the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba Lost in action on convoy duty in the . . . — 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 church and adopted the name True Dutch Reformed Church. It became popularly known as Market Street Church. By 1899 the street and the church were renamed Central Avenue. The present church was built in 1952. — 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 and not accustomed to the task of clearing a wilderness, the settlers found their first year a hard one, but their suffering was to be repaid in the bountiful days ahead. — 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. During World War II the west annex was built. In 1983 the firehouse was rehabilitated for use as office space. Grooves in the engine house floor that provided traction for the horses have been filled, and the doors, once replaced to accommodate trucks, have been restored. — 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 lantern was lowered by pulleys for service. At the turn of the century a steel tower was built for the light, and in 1907 the present structure was erected. Named the Holland Harbor South Pierhead Lighthouse, it has a gabled roof that reflects the . . . — 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 times before this building was constructed. The Neoclassical, Indiana limestone building, completed in 1915, was notable for its oak paneling, marble trim, fashionable windows and electric lighting. After postal operations relocated in 1986, the city . . . — 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 hand-hewn oak for the sills and crossbeams. The copper rooster on the belfry, symbolizing Peter's denial and pride is commonly found on Calvinist churches in the Netherlands. The city's oldest extant church, often referred to as the Pillar Church, was . . . — 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 he helped found the Cappon & Bertsch Leather Co., one of Holland's leading nineteenth century industries. When Holland incorporated in 1867, Cappon became its first mayor. He held that office for four subsequent but not successive terms. Cappon was . . . — 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 erected on this site. In the great Holland fire of October 8 and 9, 1871, the first structure was destroyed. On January 2, 1873, disaster struck again as the newly erected framework of a second building was demolished in a high wind. The present . . . — 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 outlet to Lake Michigan was blocked by sandbars and silt. Van Raalte appealed to Congress for help. The channel was surveyed in 1849, but was not successfully opened due to inadequate appropriations. Frustrated, the Dutch settlers dug the channel . . . — 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 single teacher taught from twenty-five to forty students by holding one ten-minute session per subject for each of the eight grades. The original school district covered approximately four square miles, and many children walked more than two miles to . . . — 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 take a picture of the drawing and sell the prints. As a youth McCay worked at the local Clinker boat works and at a sawmill. Around 1886 he enrolled at Cleary College in Ypsilanti. Instead of attending classes, however, he sketched patrons for money . . . — Map (db m88985) HM
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