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Bay City in Bay County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Presbyterian Church

 
 
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By Joel S., July 16, 2010
1. First Presbyterian Church Marker - Side 1
Inscription.  Side 1
In 1848, James G. Birney and his wife led Bay City's earliest Presbyterian services in a schoolhouse. Birney, an elder in the church, twice ran unsuccessfully for president on the antislavery ticket. The Reverend Lucius Root organized the First Presbyterian Church of Lower Saginaw on September 5, 1856. Services continued to be held in the schoolhouse and other public buildings until the first church was built in 1863. In 1886 church elder Alexander Folsom donated $50,000 for the founding of a college in "northern" Michigan. His donation funded the organization of Alma College. In 1906 the college established the J. Ambrose Wight Memorial Fund scholarship in honor of First Presbyterian's minister.

Side 2
In 1884 the Reverend J. Ambrose Wight challenged the members of the First Presbyterian Church to "go forward and build a church that will be a lasting gift to the future." The Reverend Wight (1811-1889) feared that Bay City's prosperity, gained through the lumber and salt industries, would not last. When the church was dedicated on June 4, 1893, the Bay City Times-Press declared it a "Magnificent
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By Joel S., July 16, 2010
2. First Presbyterian Church Marker - Side 2
Temple." Like the City Hall, which was build four years later, the Ionia sandstone church was designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style by local architects Pratt and Koeppe, and reflects Bay City's wealth at that time. The bell, cast in 1866, served as a public timepiece and tolled three times daily.
 
Erected 2000 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L2084.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 35.864′ N, 83° 52.927′ W. Marker is in Bay City, Michigan, in Bay County. Marker is at the intersection of Center Avenue (State Highway 25) and North Jackson Street, on the right when traveling west on Center Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 805 Center Avenue, Bay City MI 48708, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George H. & Elva Shearer House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trinity Church/Trinity Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away); Center Avenue (about 500 feet away); Charles B. & Georgiana (McGraw) Curtiss House (about 500 feet away); Cross Country Connections (approx.
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By Joel S., July 16, 2010
3. First Presbyterian Church
¼ mile away); Keit's Florist (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Ten Hours or No Sawdust" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bay City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 571 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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