“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Buchanan in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Downtown Buchanan National Register Historic District

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Photographed By Lugnuts, July 20, 2020
1. Downtown Buchanan Historic District Marker
Inscription.  This Historic District has served as the city's commercial, civic and cultural center since Buchanan's 1830s founding, and includes properties from as early as the 1840s.

In 1862, a fire leveled half of Buchanan's mostly wooden downtown, between Main Street and Day's Avenue. In the following decade, new brick buildings filled the empty block. Though untouched by the fire, most wooden buildings west of Main were also replaced with brick.

The district includes a variety of architectural styles: the 1856 Greek Revival Ross-Sanders house, the 1863 Italianate Union Block, the 1940 Colonial Revival Post Office and the 1956 one-story library.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places September2, 2009.

The Arts and Historic District was created in 2001, in recognition of downtown's history as Buchanan's cultural center, as well as its commercial and civic heart. The district includes the Tin Shop Theater, Pears Mill and Millrace, the Common and Farmers' Market, McCoy Creek Trail to the south, and the Buchanan Art Center, several blocks west.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the National Register of Historic Places series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 41° 49.637′ N, 86° 21.613′ W. Marker is in Buchanan, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is at the intersection of East Front Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling east on East Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 E Front St, Buchanan MI 49107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buchanan Downtown (a few steps from this marker); Pears Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moccasin Bluff (approx. 1.7 miles away); Portage Prairie United Methodist Church (approx. 3.2 miles away); Carey Mission (approx. 4 miles away); Saint Mary’s (approx. 5 miles away); Johnson Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Niles Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buchanan.
Also see . . .  Buchanan Downtown Historic District National Register Registration. (Submitted on August 27, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Photographed By Lugnuts, July 20, 2020
2. Downtown Historic Markers
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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