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Bingham District No. 5 Schoolhouse

 
 
Bingham District No. 5 Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Garman, August 16, 2022
1. Bingham District No. 5 Schoolhouse Marker
Inscription.  

This school was erected in 1877 to replace a log structure built in 1870. The school has two rooms that housed grades one through eight. Older children attended school in Suttons Bay or Traverse City. Sunday school classes met here until 1888 when an Evangelical church was built across the road. Bingham prospered during the lumber boom of the 1870s and 1880s. By 1910 area timber was depleted, and Bingham’s population declined. This building served as a school until after World War II. It has been used as the township hall for many years. In 1987 the school was restored to its original appearance. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected 1993 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1462.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1877.
 
Location. 44° 52.53′ N, 85° 40.484′ W. Marker is near Traverse City, Michigan, in Leelanau County. Marker is at the intersection of South Center Highway
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(County Highway 633) and East Bingham Road (County Road 618), on the right when traveling north on South Center Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7171 South Center Highway, Traverse City MI 49684, 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. For the Love of this Place: DeYoung Natural Area Farmstead (approx. 4.7 miles away); For the Love of this Place: DeYoung Natural Area on Cedar Lake (approx. 4.7 miles away); Greilickville (approx. 6.4 miles away); Bahle's (approx. 7.1 miles away); The J.E. Greilick Factory (approx. 7.6 miles away); Second Industrial Revolution (approx. 7.6 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 7.7 miles away); Hannah and Lay Mercantile Building (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Traverse City.
 
More about this marker. The building now serves as the Bingham Township Hall Office.
 
Bingham District No. 5 Schoolhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Garman, August 16, 2022
2. Bingham District No. 5 Schoolhouse Marker
The schoolhouse is in the background, obscured by the large tree.
Bingham District No. 5 Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Garman, August 16, 2022
3. Bingham District No. 5 Schoolhouse
Viewed from the south side of the building looking towards the front, the marker can be seen on the far left-hand side of the image.
Bingham District No. 5 Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kathy Garman, August 16, 2022
4. Bingham District No. 5 Schoolhouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2022, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 27, 2022, by John Garman of Rochester Hills. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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