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Milan in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Braman Hotel

 
 
Braman Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2017
1. Braman Hotel Marker
Inscription.  The Braman Hotel was established here in about 1844. It was a three-story structure, shown on maps at the time as a "tavern." This road, originally an Indian trail, connected Monroe to Saline and Jackson. Weary travelers stepped out of their stagecoach behind the Braman Hotel. The top story served as a ballroom, meeting room, convention center, town hall, and church, as needed. For several decades, it was the only indoor location that would hold a gathering of any size. The proprietor, Thomas Braman, was born October 2, 1799 in Massachusetts. His wife, the former Harriet Croak, was born February 4, 1816 in New York. They bought some farmland on the south side of West Main when they arrived here in the mid-1830's. Their son Andrew helped manage the hotel, then took it over from his parents. Sometime around 1890 the Braman hotel ceased operations. The third floor was removed, and the building was used as a residence.

Washtenaw County Historic Landmark
 
Erected by The Washtenaw County Historic District Commission.
 
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Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is February 4, 1816.
 
Location. 42° 5.17′ N, 83° 41.222′ W. Marker is in Milan, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker is on West Main Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is about 325 feet west of Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 141 West Main Street, Milan MI 48160, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Murals for Milan" (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named "Murals for Milan" (approx. ¼ mile away); Phillips Building (approx. ¼ mile away); Milan World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Milan Vietnam War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Milan Village Hall and Fire Barn (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milan.
 
The former Braman Hotel and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, June 24, 2017
2. The former Braman Hotel and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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