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Near Harbor Beach in Huron County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

White Rock School

 
 
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Photographed By Kathy Garman, August 3, 2019
1. White Rock School Marker
Inscription.  Named after a boulder in Lake Huron that was used as a landmark in the Indian Treaty of 1807, the village was settled about 1860. Destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871, the town was soon rebuilt, including a schoolhouse. The present building was constructed in 1909. At that time twenty-five pupils attended, and the teacher was paid forty dollars a month. White Rock School continued in use until 1968. The Huron County Historical Society acquired the property in 1970 for a historical museum.
 
Erected 1976 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number L202.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
 
Location. 43° 42.527′ N, 82° 36.778′ W. Marker is near Harbor Beach, Michigan, in Huron County. Marker is on Grant Street south of White Rock Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harbor Beach MI 48441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White Rock (approx. 0.6 miles away); "White Rock": The History, Oral Traditions, and Tales (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Territory of Michigan and "White Rock" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Vicki Keith (approx. 9.3 miles away); Harbor Beach Harbor of Refuge (approx. 9.3 miles away); Judge James H. Lincoln (approx. 9.4 miles away); Harbor Beach Lighthouse (approx. 9.4 miles away); Shipwrecks of the Harbor Beach Area (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harbor Beach.
 
Regarding White Rock School. White Rock, which is 9.9 miles south of Harbor Beach, is a tiny unincorporated community of Sherman Township at the mouth of White Rock Creek on the shore of Lake Huron. The community is named for a large white boulder located offshore in Lake Huron. This boulder (which was several times larger back then than it is now) was used as a boundary marker to define the territory ceded by the Ottawa, Chippewa, Wyandot, and Potawatomi nations with the Treaty of Detroit in 1807. Native Americans considered this rock as sacred ground and left offerings of food on it. Today, it is barely visible as high-water levels, erosion, and lightning strikes have reduced its size and visibility.

There are many stories about this rock, but one of the more
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Photographed By Kathy Garman, August 3, 2019
2. White Rock School and Historical Marker
popular ones describes the tale of a group of settlers who wanted to have a square dance on the rock. They were warned by local Native Americans that the rock was sacred and they should not go forward with their plans. Ignoring the warnings, two sets of settlers headed out to the rock by canoe. All of them, except for one, who decided to heed the warnings of the Native Americans, unloaded and began their celebration. All of a sudden, a bolt of lightning struck the rock and killed everyone on it. The only survivor was the lone settler who did not ignore the warning offered by the Native Americans.

The White Rock School Museum is located at 10124 White Rock Rd.
 
Also see . . .  White Rock School. Excerpt:
White Rock School is a beautifully-restored red-brick schoolhouse, originally built in 1909. It still retains its bell tower, including its school bell, its chimney in the back of the building where the pot belly stove vented, and boys and girls outhouses on opposite sides of the field behind it. It was named after a boulder in Lake Huron that was used as a landmark in the Indian Treaty of 1807. The village was settled around 1860, but destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871.
(Submitted on December 25, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.) 
 
Additional commentary.
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Photographed By Kathy Garman, August 3, 2019
3. White Rock School
1. Entrances

The two doors at the front (east) of the schoolhouse are separate entrances for the boys and girls to use.
    — Submitted December 25, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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