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Manitou Beach in Lenawee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Clearwater Beach Entrance

1928 - 2009

 
 
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By TeamOHE, November 30, 2019
1. Clearwater Beach Entrance Marker
Inscription.  This arch was built in 1928 by O.E. Mott. The base was constructed of hollow Terra Cotta block with cement coating to resemble rock. The 22 foot concrete arch was designed in the El Trabajo rustic style, making the 20 inch lighted Clearwater Beach letters appear as wooden branches. The horizontal arch supports were constructed of concrete to appear as wooden logs.

Due to its historical and architectural significance, the arch was listed with the Michigan State Register of Historical places in 1984.

A truck struck the arch's horizontal support in 1989. Major reconstruction required the horizontal support be removed to provide 11'6” clearance. Steel posts and concrete reinforced the arch.

In 2006, a major restoration was performed by artists Melinda and Megan LoPresto, two professionals in El Trabajo style of sculpting, capturing the original arch design.

Again the arch was struck by a large truck in May 2009. Due to the severity of the damage, the arch could not be restored.
 
Erected by Clearwater Beach Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this

Clearwater Beach Entrance Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, November 30, 2019
2. Clearwater Beach Entrance Marker
topic list: Architecture.
 
Location. 42° 0.233′ N, 84° 16.867′ W. Marker is in Manitou Beach, Michigan, in Lenawee County. Marker is at the intersection of Round Lake Highway and Robinwood Court, on the right when traveling south on Round Lake Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Manitou Beach MI 49253, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wooden Stone School (approx. 2.8 miles away); Woodstock Manual Labor Institute (approx. 3.3 miles away); St. Michael and All Angels Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Somerset General Store (approx. 5.8 miles away); St. Joseph's Church / St. Joseph's Shrine (approx. 7 miles away); Brooklyn's Founder (approx. 7.3 miles away); W. H. L. McCourtie / W. H. L. McCourtie Estate (approx. 7.3 miles away); Brooklyn Presbyterian Church (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 14, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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