Near Bay Port in Huron County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Great Fire of 1881
Small fires were burning in the forests of the Thumb, tinder-dry after a long, hot summer, when a gale swept in from the southwest on Sept. 5, 1881. Fanned into an inferno, the fires raged for three days. A million acres were devastated in Sanilac and Huron Counties alone. At least 125 persons died, and thousands more were left destitute. The new American Red Cross won support for its prompt aid to the fire victims. This was the first disaster relief furnished by this great organization.
Erected 1957 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 141.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 5, 1881.
Location. 43° 49.216′ N, 83° 22.65′ W. Marker is near Bay Port, Michigan, in Huron County. Marker is on South Unionville Road (Michigan Route 25) 0.6 miles south of Pigeon Road (Michigan Route 142), on the right when traveling north. Located in the Brown Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bay Port MI 48720, 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. Henry A. Hamp / Alfred R. Vogel (within shouting distance of this marker); Stagecoaches (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bay Port Fishing District (approx. 2.2 miles away); Pigeon Depot (approx. 5.4 miles away); John C. Liken / John C. Martini House (approx. 7.1 miles away); Sebewaing Township Hall (approx. 7.2 miles away); The Indian Mission (approx. 7.3 miles away); Sebewaing (approx. 7.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bay Port.
Also see . . . 1881 Michigan Fire Forever Changed The Thumb. Thumbwind website entry:
A thorough history of the Great Fire of 1881, including the events leading up to this devastating disaster and the impact it had on this region of Michigan. (Submitted on November 23, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 22, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. 2. submitted on November 23, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. 3. submitted on November 22, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.