Brighton in Livingston County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Bessie the Holstein
Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes
Bessie is a milk cow. Holsteins started to appear in Livingston County in the 1880s. The county became a leader in selling these cows throughout the Midwest. These black and white dairy cows can produce about 2900 gallons of milk. In the late 1800s the Brighton Argus advised property owners multiple times to be more responsible with the care of their cows and cattle and to help keep the streets clean. These animals had been found in the cemetery eating grass. Cemeteries were not mowed during these times and had tall grass. Animals found in the cemetery were taken to the impoundment pen located at the north east corner of St. Paul St. and Grand River Ave. Citizens had to pay to get their animals released.
Original Art by: Lisa DeLuca
Erected 2017 by Brighton Area Historical Society, Brighton Art Guild, Downtown Brighton. (Marker Number 7.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Cemeteries & Burial Sites.
Location. 42° 31.843′ N, 83° 46.92′ W. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 West St Paul Street, Brighton MI 48116, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Duke the Hereford (within shouting distance of this marker); Alvira Gilluly (within shouting distance of this marker); B.T.O. Clark (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paul's (within shouting distance of this marker); Brighton Area Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Brighton Village Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mill Pond Park (about 400 feet away); Old Town Hall (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brighton.
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1. Who's that? Faces from Brighton's past pop up on city streets. According to this article from the Livingston Daily Press & Argus, Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes will be "left on display for three years, except for during the winter." (Submitted on August 29, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Gossip among the Breeders. According to the January 1, 1912 issue of The Holstein-Friesian Register: "Livingston County, Michigan, of which Howell is the county seat, has 400 breeders of Holsteins, who own in the aggregate over 4,000 (Submitted on August 30, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.