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Oscoda in Iosco County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Dock Reserve

 
 
Dock Reserve Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2014
1. Dock Reserve Marker
(Oscoda Beach parking lot in background)
Inscription.  “Oscoda and AuSable are Wiped Off The Map!” headlined the July 12, 1911, Detroit Free Press. The day before, forest fires, fanned by thirty-mile-per-hour winds, had destroyed these “twin cities” and killed four people. Refugees fled to this beach without money or possessions; some spent the night on the beach near the Dock Reserve, or in Lake Huron waiting to be rescued. The lumber barge, Niko, and the Detroit and Mackinac Railroad carried the victims to Tawas, East Tawas and Port Huron, where they received food, clothing and shelter.
 
Erected 1988 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1576.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 44° 25.171′ N, 83° 19.606′ W. Marker is in Oscoda, Michigan, in Iosco County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Dwight Avenue and Canada Street. Marker is located near the southeast corner
Dock Reserve Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2014
2. Dock Reserve Marker
(Oscoda Beach Park & Lake Huron in background)
of the Oscoda Beach parking lot, overlooking the beach and Lake Huron to the east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 East River Road, Oscoda MI 48750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Greenbush School (approx. 11½ miles away); The Changing Shape of Tawas Point (approx. 12.9 miles away); Preserving the Light (approx. 12.9 miles away); A New Light on the Horizon (approx. 12.9 miles away); Tawas Point Light Station (approx. 13 miles away); Double Dwelling (approx. 13 miles away); Oil House (approx. 13 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Grandson of captain who saved 1911 fire refugees visits. Ralph D. Myers was captain of the Niko, that rescued 280 people escaping the conflagration. Five lives were lost; Francois Clairmount, an aged musician; William Batts, yardman at the Elliott Hotel; Samuel Rosenthal, a merchant; Jacques Lavoie, a box maker who later died in a Bay City Hospital of burns he received; and an unidentified peddler. (Submitted on August 13, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The 1911 Oscoda Fire. On July 11, a warm summer day in 1911, the neighboring cities of Oscoda and AuSable (Michigan) burned to the ground in what has been called the "most devastating fire in the history of Michigan". Both cities were constructed entirely of
Oscoda Beach Park & Lake Huron image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 28, 2014
3. Oscoda Beach Park & Lake Huron
(looking east from marker)
wood, due to the heavy influence of the lumber trade in those years. Not a single concrete sidewalk or building could be found, which made the communities perfect bait for the hungry, rapid flames. (Submitted on August 13, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Oscoda, MI Area Fire, Jul 1911. The town of Oscoda has been wiped out by fire; the town of Au Sable, opposite it, across the Au Sable River, is now on fire, and the 1,800 inhabitants of the two towns are being taken on board a big steamer that arrived at Au Sable and a train made up of freight cars picked up in the Au Sable and Oscoda freight yards, while another train is being sent late tonight from East Tawas to take away refugees. (Submitted on August 13, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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