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Near Atlanta in Montmorency County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Big Rock

 
 
Big Rock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 7, 2010
1. Big Rock Marker
Inscription.  Natural features have often played a role in the naming of communities. One such settlement was Big Rock. Named after a massive boulder, this hamlet was located at the crossroads of present-day M-32 and Thornton Road. Seth Gillet became the first postmaster in 1882. By 1902 a general store owned by Briley Township pioneer William Remington housed the post office. At that time a church and school, a grange hall, a sawmill and a blacksmith shop were also located in Big Rock. The post office closed in 1920.
 
Erected 1991 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1808.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission, and the Postal Mail and Philately series lists.
 
Location. 45° 0.42′ N, 84° 14.051′ W. Marker is near Atlanta, Michigan, in Montmorency County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 32 and Beltz
The Big Rock Grocery Store, Living Quarters, & Gas Station sign image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 7, 2010
2. The Big Rock Grocery Store, Living Quarters, & Gas Station sign
The Big Rock Grocery store, living quarters, & gas station were built on this site. The last building burned in 1966. Four different families owned this business during its 84 years of existence.
William & May Remington
Charles & Ethel Harrison
Harvey & Helen Basch
Leslie & Anna Johnson
Road, on the left when traveling west on State Highway 32. Beltz Road is called Thornton Road north of M-32. Big Rock is approximately 4.6 miles west of Atlanta. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta MI 49709, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Angusdale Stock Farm (approx. 5.1 miles away); Camp Lunden (approx. 8.9 miles away); Congregational United Church of Christ (approx. 9 miles away).
 
Big Rock markers image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., July 7, 2010
3. Big Rock markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,009 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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