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South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

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Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 13, 2022
1. Time Capsule Marker
Inscription.  
South Haven became a village by Michigan Legislature in 1869. At that time, South Haven contained establishments such as a post office, schoolhouse, and hotel. Judge Jay R. Monroe is credited as the first white settler of the South Haven area, arriving in 1833. He is believed to have built the first house, a double log cabin, located at the mouth of the Black River. In 1869, James D. Corrothers was born in South Haven and later became known as a leading African American literary figure. South Haven was incorporated as a city in 1902.

In 1969, South Haven celebrated its Centennial with a six-day festival in conjunction with the National Blueberry Festival and the Fourth of July parade. In honor of the city's one hundred year accomplishment, the South Haven Daily Tribune published its largest edition ever, consisting of seventy-four pages.

In 2019, South Haven celebrated its Sesquicentennial, kicking off the festivities on May 10th, the same day the city was incorporated as a village. A community picnic was held at Stanley Johnston Park. Multiple generations attended this special event, including residents who took part in the Centennial celebrations fifty years prior. One such
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participant, Jerome Gruber, was one of the many public speakers at the picnic. The Sesquicentennial was the running theme during all major events throughout 2019, and a plaque now stands in front of City Hall commemorating South Haven as a Michigan Sesquicentennial City.
 
Erected 2022 by City of South Haven, Historical Association of South Haven, South Haven Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kayski Creations. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicNotable EventsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is May 10, 1869.
 
Location. 42° 24.41′ N, 86° 16.49′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Marker is at the intersection of Black River Street and Dyckman Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Black River Street. Marker is in Stanley Johnston Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Home of Heroes (a few steps from this marker); Local Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Coastal Crossroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Resort Industry
Time Capsule Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 13, 2022
2. Time Capsule Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); A Historic Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Fishing (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilhelm Baum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dyckman Avenue Bascule Bridge (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
 
More about this marker. Marker is part of South Haven's Sesquicentennial Trail.
 
Also see . . .  James D. Corrothers. Books by James D. Corrothers at the Internet Archive. (Submitted on August 24, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 24, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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