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Columbiaville in Lapeer County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The William Peter Mansion

 
 
The William Peter Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, February 23, 2017
1. The William Peter Mansion Marker
Inscription.  This structure, completed in 1896, was the home of William Peter (1824-1899). Peter, a prominent Columbiaville businessman, was a rags-to-riches character. Around 1847 he came to the area from Germany via New York state, a penniless immigrant. Immediately he began working in a local sawmill. He invested his earnings in large tracts of land and platted the village of Columbiaville in 1871. From 1879 to 1899, Peter developed the community. He built a gristmill, a woolen mill, houses for his workmen, a school, a church and several commercial buildings. Most of Columbiaville was owned and dominated by him. His wife, Roxanna, planned this Italianate residence, which still displays its original hardwood floors and decorative woodwork in oak, mahogany, walnut, cherry and maple.
 
Erected 1981 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L751.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
 
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9.362′ N, 83° 24.689′ W. Marker is in Columbiaville, Michigan, in Lapeer County. Marker is at the intersection of Second Street (County Route 44) and Water Street, on the right when traveling south on Second Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4707 Water Street, Columbiaville MI 48421, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Columbiaville Depot (about 700 feet away); James Richardson, D.O. a generous gentleman. (about 700 feet away); Columbiaville Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Niver Bros. Sawmill / Gristmill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Smith Hill Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); Otisville High School (approx. 5.7 miles away); The Country School (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbiaville.
 
Also see . . .  The Mansion. History of the mansion on the William Peter Mansion Bed and Breakfast website. (Submitted on February 24, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
The William Peter Mansion and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, February 23, 2017
2. The William Peter Mansion and Marker
View from Second Street.
The William Peter Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, February 23, 2017
3. The William Peter Mansion Marker
View from Water Street.
The William Peter Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, February 23, 2017
4. The William Peter Mansion Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2017. It was originally submitted on February 24, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 24, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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