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Burt in Saginaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Burt Opera House / Wellington R. Burt

 
 
Wellington R. Burt / Burt Opera House Marker — side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 28, 2021
1. Wellington R. Burt / Burt Opera House Marker — side 1
Inscription.  
Burt Opera House
In 1888, this settlement was named in honor of Wellington R. Burt, the lumber tycoon who arranged for the Cincinnati, Saginaw and Mackinaw Railroad to run through this village. During his 1888 gubernatorial campaign, Burt donated $1,000 for the construction of a township building. Henry Youmans, also seeking an office, supplied the bricks. Ironically, neither man carried this township in the election that year. Local resident Sarah A. Miller gave the land with a deed stipulating that any structure built be used for "education, social and wholesome amusements, and meetings," and public gatherings dedicated to "free thought, free speech and good government." Townspeople contributed labor and additional funds for the erection of this hall, dedicated in 1891. The Curt Opera House has hosted vaudeville shows, weddings, local fairs, township meetings and elections.
Wellington R. Burt
Wellington R. Burt (1831-1919) was a Saginaw businessman, civic leader and philanthropist. Born in New York State, he moved to a farm in Jackson County, Michigan. After two years in college,
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he traveled far and wide until returning to Michigan at the age of twenty-six and starting work in a lumber camp near St. Louis. In 1858, young Wellington became a lumber operator. In 1864, he built the sawmill community of Melbourne, seven miles north of Saginaw. Melbourne was destroyed by fire in 1876. A Democrat, Burt was elected to the State Senate in 1892. He waged unsuccessful races for the governorship in 1888 and Congress in 1890. Involved in the lumber, salt, and mining industries, as well as railroads, foreign bonds and banking investments, Burt ranked among the wealthiest men in America by the early twentieth century.

 
Erected 1979 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L406.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceNotable BuildingsRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
 
Location. 43° 14.258′ N, 83° 54.231′ W. Marker is in Burt, Michigan, in Saginaw County. Marker is on Nichols Road, 0.9 miles south of East Birch Run Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12888 Nichols Road, Birch Run MI 48415, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Wellington R. Burt / Burt Opera House Marker — side 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 28, 2021
2. Wellington R. Burt / Burt Opera House Marker — side 2
are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Taymouth Township Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Mission (approx. 1.4 miles away); Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Montrose Township Cemetery / Methodist Protestant Church (approx. 4˝ miles away); Saint Michael Catholic Parish / Saint Michael Catholic Church and School (approx. 6.8 miles away); Hess School (approx. 8.1 miles away); Brent Creek United Methodist Church (approx. 8.3 miles away); The American Legion Memorial Highway (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burt.
 
Burt Opera House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 28, 2021
3. Burt Opera House and Marker
The Taymouth Historical Association sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 28, 2021
4. The Taymouth Historical Association sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 28, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 409 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 28, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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