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Wells in Delta County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Bill Bonifas

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
1. Bill Bonifas Marker
Inscription.  The Peninsula Railroad finished construction of their rail line from the Jackson Mine, Negaunee to Escanaba in 1865. When Bill Bonifas arrived from Luxembourg in 1885, Escanaba was already a thriving mill town and iron ore shipping port. His first job was cutting railroad ties and fence posts in the swamps near Garden, but before long had his own crew of 40 men. As his crew grew to several hundred men , so did his fortune. After his death, his widow Catherine gave over a million dollars to the City of Escanaba for civic buildings and recreation. The industry which founded Escanaba has changed greatly since 1836. The original forest was cut with no regard for the future. Today, the forest is managed and harvested to supply wildlife needs, outdoor recreation opportunities and a perpetual yield of wood products.
 
Location. 45° 47.917′ N, 87° 4.598′ W. Marker is in Wells, Michigan, in Delta County. Marker can be reached from Mead Road north of US Highway 2/US Highway 41/Michigan Highway 35. Marker is on a nature/historical trail behind the parking lot at the Michigan
Bill Bonifas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, August 18, 2019
2. Bill Bonifas Marker
Department of Natural Resources Escanaba Forest Management Unit. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6833 Hwy 2, 41 & M-35, Wells MI 49894, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. River Drives (within shouting distance of this marker); Lumberjacks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waterpowered Sawmills (about 500 feet away); Isaac Stephenson (about 500 feet away); Forest Management (about 500 feet away); Escanaba River (about 500 feet away); First Public Schoolhouse in Escanaba (approx. 3.9 miles away); Ludington Hotel (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wells.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 9, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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