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Vassar in Tuscola County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Vassar's Logging Era

 
 
Vassar's Logging Era Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Garman, August 1, 2020
1. Vassar's Logging Era Marker
Inscription.  Here on the Cass River, March 1, 1849, four men led by Townsend North and James N. Edmunds found a suitable place to build a dam and start a town, which was named for Edmunds’s uncle, Matthew Vassar, later the founder of Vassar College, New York. The growth of the town for the next thirty years was based on lumbering and its many related industries. Cork pine, the best variety of white pine, grew in abundance along the Cass River and was much in demand. These kings of the forest grew to a height of 150 feet, a diameter of three or four feet. The wood was light, strong, easy to work with. Millions of board feet were marketed all over the world, especially in America’s prairie states. With forests depleted, a diversified economy developed here -- agriculture, manufacturing, and commercial business.
 
Erected 1965 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number L52.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location.
Located in front of the Vassar City Hall. image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Garman, August 1, 2020
2. Located in front of the Vassar City Hall.
43° 22.244′ N, 83° 34.81′ W. Marker is in Vassar, Michigan, in Tuscola County. Marker is on East Huron Avenue (Michigan Route 15) 0.2 miles east of Main Street, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located in front of the Vassar City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 287 East Huron Ave, Vassar MI 48768, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frankenhilf (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Bavarian Colony of Frankenhilf (approx. 5.6 miles away); Watrous General Store (approx. 6.2 miles away); Juniata House (approx. 6.3 miles away); Watrousville United Methodist Church (approx. 6.4 miles away); Millington Bank Building (approx. 6.7 miles away); Star of the West Milling Company (approx. 8.4 miles away); Frankenmuth Woolen Mill (approx. 8˝ miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 27, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills.   2. submitted on December 28, 2020, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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